Call for contributions: 'Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact ’
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**Call for contributions to an edited volume**
‘Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact’
Email for queries: sociolx.impact at gmail.com
Please forward this to interested individuals or email lists.
Compared to other subfields of linguistics, sociolinguistics has been
relatively outward facing since its inception. In one sense, this
follows naturally when collecting data from people in everyday
situations. Yet few can accuse sociolinguistics of being particularly
meddlesome in the political process. Nor has the discipline as a whole
been overly occupied with improving people’s lives. In fact, despite
significantly furthering our academic understanding of linguistic
variation and change, language policy and planning, language and
identity, language and gender and so on, very few people outside
academia have ever heard of sociolinguistics -- let alone its influence
beyond the groves of academe.
Meanwhile, ‘impact’ has become a significant funding criterion in the
humanities and social sciences, as funding bodies increasingly turn
their attention to the real-world effects of research. The weighting of
impact as a percentage of research quality is also set to grow. How does
sociolinguistics adapt to this? What steps could make sociolinguistics
more relevant outside academia? How can public engagement with
sociolinguistic research be facilitated? ‘Sociolinguistics: Application
and Impact’ aims to address these questions by showcasing contemporary
sociolinguistic research which demonstrates practical applications
beyond an academic audience.
Submissions are welcomed from established and emerging sociolinguists,
whose research contributes to broader discourses of language in society,
and evinces the value of sociolinguistic research to society.
Areas for consideration include (but are not limited to):
-- Sociolinguistics and education
-- Sociolinguistics and policy-making (not only language policy)
-- Sociolinguistics, the media and the Internet
-- Sociolinguistics in the community
-- Sociolinguistics and industry
Other relevant contributions will be considered.
Submissions should include an abstract of up to 500 words (excluding
references), accompanied by a description (up to 1500 words) considering
the questions listed below. These do not all need to be answered, but as
a guide, your submission should cover at least two of them.
How have you...
1. ...identified a real-world problem of human well-being as a
motivation for your research?
2. ...significantly involved your participants in the research design,
the research itself, and the dissemination process?
3. ...used your research to influence institutional and/or government
4. ...helped your participants use the research findings to pursue their
own goals, or improve their lives more generally, beyond the life of the
5. ...both ensured wide accessibility and raised awareness of your findings?
Cambridge University Press have expressed interest in the volume, and it
will be formally submitted to them by the editors once the contributors
Deadline for abstract submissions: Friday 4th May 2012.
Editorial decisions on abstracts: Friday 8th June 2012.
Proposal submitted to Cambridge University Press: Monday 2nd July.
Deadline for completed chapters: Friday 3rd May 2013.
Editorial and peer review comments given to authors: Friday 19th July 2013.
Deadline for returning final chapters to editors: Friday 23rd August 2013.
Please consider carefully whether you could meet these deadlines.
Submissions, and any queries, should be directed to
sociolx.impact at gmail.com.
Dr. Robert Lawson (Birmingham City University, UK)
and Dr. Dave Sayers (Swansea University, UK)
Co-Editors, Sociolinguistics: Impact and Applications
sociolx.impact at gmail.com
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