Shortlisted for the LSA Leonard Bloomfield Book Award 2017

Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact provides a unique overview of international research projects, showcasing their positive outcomes and offering critical insights and constructive critiques into the meaning of ‘impact’ in contemporary research. The book includes:

  • original findings from cutting-edge research from scholars such as Mary Bucholtz, Walt Wolfram and Peter Patrick;
  • coverage of organisational contexts including education, government, justice, heritage, and the workplace;
  • activities including after-school programmes, workplace training courses, social media campaigns, and video productions;
  • application of research to professional practice including teaching (primary school to university), adjudication, police interviewing, and governmental policymaking;
  • contributors’ personal reflections on the research process and its outcomes, including constructive critiques of institutional definitions of impact.

With chapters spanning research across five continents, Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact is essential reading for sociolinguistic researchers, students embarking on sociolinguistic research, and anyone interested in the practical application of research on language and society.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Where we're going, we don't need roads

The past, present, and future of impact

part I|86 pages

Impact in education

chapter 2|20 pages

Beyond empowerment

Accompaniment and sociolinguistic justice in a youth research program

chapter 3|21 pages

When children challenge what's ‘obvious’

Identities, discourses, and representations from the perspective of schoolchildren in Vancouver, Canada

chapter 4|21 pages

Sociolinguistics in the museum

Enrichment, engagement, and education

chapter 5|22 pages

Public sociolinguistic education in the United States

A proactive, comprehensive program

part III|64 pages

Impact in language policy

chapter 11|20 pages

‘To be consulted, to encourage and to warn'

The impact and the limits of language-in-education research in the developing world