[lg policy] Sociolinguists outside academia

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at CANTAB.NET
Sat Jan 7 17:57:21 UTC 2012

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Dear colleagues, friends, associates, acquaintances, and people who I 
inadvertently annoy with overly verbose salutations,

There are in our midsts a number of sociolinguists who, for one reason 
or another, are not employed within academic institutions. This could 
include people who have finished their PhD but not yet found academic 
employment (like me!), or people who engage in paid sociolinguistic 
research but not through an academic institution (for example Pamela 
McKensie's excellent work on mother tongue based education in India and 
Bangladesh, for the International Network for Development).

Are any of you aware of any organisations or associations (or groups 
within those) dedicated to bringing together sociolinguists outside 
academia? An example of this in another discipline is the British 
Sociological Association's "Sociologists Outside Academia" study group: 

Any and all pointers on this subject are welcome.

Jokes are welcome too, I like jokes.


Dr. Dave Sayers
Honorary Research Fellow
College of Arts & Humanities
and Language Research Centre
Swansea University
dave.sayers at cantab.net

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