Sociolinguistics and Social Change

We’re delighted to welcome Julia Snell to Northumbria on the 30th of October.

Julia is a leading researcher on a wide range of topics, including children’s language variation, classroom discourse and dialogic pedagogy.

You can find out more about her wide range of projects on Julia’s website at the University of Leeds and about her work with Adam Lefstein on dialogic pedagogy at their Dialogic Pedagogy website

The title of Julia’s talk is:

‘Can sociolinguistic research bring about social change? Addressing critiques of sociolinguistic advocacy’

The talk takes place at 12 noon in room 332 in Lipman Building.

The talk is open to all. We look forward to welcoming visitors and discussing Julia’s work.

You can find directions and a campus map herehttps://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-campuses/newcastle-city-campus/

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Billy Clark: billy.clark@northumbria.ac.uk

 

 

 

BAAL Conference 2020 at Northumbria University

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We are delighted to be hosting the 2020 BAAL Conference at Northumbria University from the 3rd to the 5th of September 2020.

Further information, including a link for registration, will appear here soon.

Conference Theme: “Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics”

Plenary Speakers

Pit Corder Lecture

About the Venue

Situated in the North East of England, Northumbria University’s City Campus is located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.

For more information on the university and travel directions click here

English Graduate Success Stories

Several of us are excited to be up early to talk to potential students in Clearing this morning.

While waiting for the calls to begin, we’re enjoying reading English graduate stories which are being shared with our colleague @ProfKatyShaw on twitter:

If you’re interested in talking to us about a possible place our Clearing Hotline number is 0800 085 1085

Language, identity and why we shouldn’t be so quick to judge

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Annual Linguistics Lecture will be delivered by Rob Drummond, from Manchester Metropolitan University, on our city campus at 6pm on Thursday the 20th of June.

Rob is an excellent and very engaging speaker. This is guaranteed to be a fun and fascinating talk for anyone interested is language and how the way we speak affects how we understand each other.

The event is free and open to all. Places are limited so book here to make sure you reserve a place:

Eventbrite event page

Time and date: 6pm, 20 June 2019

Location: Lipman Lecture Theatre (Lipman 031), Lipman Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST

Directions and campus map: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-campuses/newcastle-city-campus/

Title: Language, identity and why we shouldn’t be so quick to judge

Summary:

Language plays a vital role in making us who we are, certainly in terms of how we are perceived by others. The way we speak provides insights into our social background, proudly announcing some characteristics, and subtly hinting at others. But how much control do we have over the way our speech portrays us? Does our spoken language simply reflect our identities, or does it somehow create them?

This talk explores these questions by drawing on examples from research and from everyday life. It demonstrates the strength of the relationship between language and identity, and highlights how our judgements of others are often led by language. It then asks how fair these judgements are, and whether they say more about us than they do about the person being judged.

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About Rob:

Rob Drummond is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, and Head of Youth Language at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, both at Manchester Metropolitan University. He teaches, researches, and writes about issues to do with language and identity, specialising in the language of young people. His current research project, Manchester Voices, explores the accents, dialects and identities of people across Greater Manchester. Prior to that he worked with young people who had been excluded from mainstream school, and investigated their use of Multicultural Urban British English. Rob regularly appears on television and radio talking about language-related issues, from linguistic pedantry, to politicians’ accents, to language discrimination.

He has published widely, including the books Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan 2018) and (with Dan Clayton) Language Diversity and World Englishes (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Find out more at his personal and university websites:

https://www.robdrummond.co.uk

https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/staff/profile/index.php?id=176

Queries and further information: If you have any questions about the event, please contact Billy Clark: billy.clark@northumbria.ac.uk

Discourse of Resistance

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We’re looking forward to next week’s linguistics research seminar (2pm Wednesday 3 April)

David Wright, from Nottingham Trent University, will be talking about a fascinating aspect of forensic linguistics.  Here’s more information:

“She kept saying no but that didn’t stop me”: discourses of resistance in an online Pick Up Artist forum.

3 April; 2:00-3:00 pm; Lipman Building 121

Abstract:
This paper is a corpus-assisted discourse study of a dataset comprising 26-million-words taken from a popular and publicly accessible ‘Pick-Up Artist’ (PUA) online forum. The analysis of this data finds that the forum provides a unique communicative space in which discourses of sexual resistance and consent are regularly co-constructed in the posts made by members of the community. The discursive patterns identified offer a new perspective on the relationship between resistance and consent thus far explored by forensic linguistics, and suggest that while in the criminal justice system female victims are held to a standard of utmost resistance, what they can often face from assailants is non-relenting, abusive and utmost persistence.

All welcome

There’s a campus map and directions to the campus here:

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/contact-us/

 

Recovering the pioneers of linguistic thought: the case of Susan Stebbing

We are very much looking forward to next week’s linguistic seminar in which Professor Siobhan Chapman, from the University of Liverpool, will discuss the work of the philosopher Susan Stebbing and some of the connections between her work and more recent work in linguistics.

The talk takes place at 2pm on  Wednesday the 6th of March in room 121 of the Lipman Building. There is a campus map and directions to the campus here:

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/contact-us/

All are welcome.

Here is some more information.

‘Recovering the pioneers of linguistic thought: the case of Susan Stebbing’

Time and place:

2-3pm, Wednesday 6 March 2019

Lipman Building, room 121

About the speaker:

Siobhan is a leading researcher on pragmatics, philosophy of language and literary stylistics. Her research has included work which explores connections between work on mid-twentieth century analytic philosophy and later work on pragmatics and linguistics, on pragmatics, and on applications of ideas from pragmatics in literary stylistics. Her publications include ‘Philosophy for Linguists’ (Routledge, 2000), ‘Paul Grice, Philosopher and Linguist’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and ‘Pragmatic Literary Stylistics’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Abstract:

In this talk I will report on a new research project concerned with work on language by women in the twentieth century. Many women philosophers and logicians made original and potentially significant contributions to linguistic thought which have been overlooked or marginalised for various social and historical reasons. This research project aims to recover and revivify those contributions. As a case study, I will consider some of the writings of Susan Stebbing, an analytic philosopher whose work was well known in her day but is now relatively neglected. Stebbing’s early work focussed on mathematical logic, but she became increasingly interested in the significance of everyday language, and in the social and ideological implications of how it is used in communication, particularly by those in positions of power. These aspects of her work have resonances with discussions of language in present-day linguistics, particularly in the fields of pragmatics and of critical discourse analysis. I will explore the prescience of Stebbing’s innovative writings in relation to some of the ways in which linguists now analyse and critique language in use.

For further information or to ask questions about the event, contact Billy Clark, billy.clark@northumbria.org.uk

 

Exploring English Language at Northumbria

Exploring English Language: A study day at Northumbria University

Northumbria University City Campus

23 January 2019

9.30am to 4.30pm

If you are exploring aspects of English Language at school and would like to find out more about how they are studied at university, come along to spend a day working with leading experts on English Language at Northumbria University.

The topics we will explore include aspects of:

sociolinguistics

forensic linguistics

language meaning

language change

as well as some insights on what it is like to study English Language at university.

The event takes place in the Great Hall, Sutherland Building, on our City Campus in the centre of Newcastle on the 23rd of January 2019 and runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Each session will include interactive tasks and space for questions and discussion.

Our speakers include:

Billy Clark

Nicci MacLeod

Robert McKenzie

Phillip Wallage

The event is free but places are limited so please book early by emailing:

billy.clark@northumbria.ac.uk