Citizen Sociolinguistics: What is it? Why do it?
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.