HomeEvents CalendarCitizen Sociolinguistics: What is it? Why do it?

Citizen Sociolinguistics: What is it? Why do it?

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall
Speaker and Affiliation: 
Betsy Rymes, University of Pennsylvania

Citizen Sociolinguistics is the study of the world of language by everyday people who use language (anyone!). In this presentation, I will illustrate a methodology for investigating how ways of speaking connect to social value: I draw on the Internet and daily news (internet circulated, usually) where “Citizen Sociolinguists” speak with authority and a wealth of sociolinguistic knowledge. I will also show how teachers and students can collaborate in citizen sociolinguistic study to gather and analyze data and develop critical awareness of language and communication patterns around them.

Betsy Rymes is Professor and Chair of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Her recent publications include the books Communicating beyond language: Everyday engagements with diversity (Routledge, 2014), and Classroom discourse analysis: A tool for critical reflection (2nd Edition, Routledge, 2015.


Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER)