23.349, FYI: Call: Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact

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Subject: 23.349, FYI: Call: Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact

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Date: 18-Jan-2012
From: Robert Lawson [sociolx.impact at gmail.com]
Subject: Call: Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact

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Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:48:59
From: Robert Lawson [sociolx.impact at gmail.com]
Subject: Call: Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact

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'Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact'
Email for queries: sociolx.impact at gmail.com
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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 

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 
research project?
5. ...both ensured wide accessibility and raised awareness of your 

Cambridge University Press have expressed interest in the volume, 
and it will be formally submitted to them by the editors once the 
contributors are confirmed.

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 
Deadline for returning final chapters to editors: Friday 23rd August 

Please consider carefully whether you could meet these deadlines.

Submissions, and any queries, should be directed to 
sociolx.impact at gmail.com.

'Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact' co-editors:

Dr. Robert Lawson, Lecturer, School of English, Birmingham City 
University, UK

Dr. Dave Sayers, Honorary Research Fellow, College of Arts & 
Humanities, Swansea University, UK 

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics


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