EMC/Chartered College Twilight – Researching the Language of Young People

In this session, Rob will explore some of the reasons why researching the language of young people is so interesting and potentially so valuable, especially in relation to the central role language plays in the performance of identity. Drawing on the experiences of his own work with young people who have been excluded from mainstream school, he will describe the approaches and techniques that come in useful when carrying out linguistic research in such an unpredictable environment. Throughout, he will make the case for seeing ‘youth language’, however defined, as a useful and fascinating resource rather than as a problem.

Rob Drummond is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Head of Youth Language at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. He works in sociolinguistics, specialising in the study of language variation and its role in the performance of identity, with a particular focus on the language of young people. Recent publications include Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity (Palgrave 2018) and Language Diversity and World Englishes (with Dan Clayton, CUP 2018).

This is an EMC/Chartered College network event. 


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