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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin

Query Details

Query Subject:   Sociolinguists Outside Academia
Author:   Dave Sayers
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics

Query:   I've already sent this query to some discipline-specific email lists, and
had a good number of responses, but none positive.

What I was asking is about people doing sociolinguistic research 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).

I'm interested to know about any groups specifically for sociolinguists in
this sort of position. An example of such a group in another discipline is
the British Sociological Association's ''Sociologists Outside Academia''
study group: Is anyone
out there aware of any organisations or associations (or groups within
those) dedicated to bringing together sociolinguists outside academia?
LL Issue: 23.356
Date posted: 19-Jan-2012


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