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  • ISSN: 0047-4045 (Print), 1469-8013 (Online)
  • Editors: Professor Susan Ehrlich York University, Canada and Professor Tommaso Milani University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Editorial board
Language in Society is an international journal of sociolinguistics concerned with language and discourse as aspects of social life. The journal publishes empirical articles of general theoretical, comparative or methodological interest to students and scholars in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and related fields. Language in Society aims to strengthen international scholarship and interdisciplinary conversation and cooperation among researchers interested in language and society by publishing work of high quality which speaks to a wide audience. In addition to original articles, the journal publishes reviews and notices of the latest important books in the field as well as occasional theme and discussion sections.

A message from the incoming Co-Editors Susan L. Ehrlich and Tommaso M. Milani

We are thrilled to take on the position of Co-Editors of Language in Society. Our aim is to cultivate the theoretical and methodological breadth that has characterized Language in Society since its inception by encouraging publications that span the gamut of sociolinguistic inquiry, from variationist sociolinguistics to critical discourse analysis and linguistic anthropology. There are areas, however, that we feel are underrepresented in the journal. We would like address some of these gaps by commissioning special issues of the journal from leading scholars in sociolinguistics on topics such as socio-phonetics, linguistic variation and embodiment, multimodality, raciolinguistics, language and globalization, the political economy of multilingualism, and language and affect. In the same way, while we are committed to publishing cutting-edge work from North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, we also plan to further broaden the geopolitical range of the articles in the journal. Because of Tommaso’s ties with the Global South, we want to actively expand the geopolitical breadth of the Editorial Board in order to increase the number of submissions from countries that are currently underrepresented in the journal.

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  • ‘Word jails’, ‘slang bans’ and the punitive policing of language in schools
  • 10 February 2020, Katie
  • Blog post written by Ian Cushing based on a new article published in Language in Society The late, great linguist and educationalist Ronald Carter wrote that teachers can be forced into acting as a kind of ‘kind of linguistic dentist, polishing here and there, straightening out, removing decay, filling gaps and occasionally undertaking a necessary extraction’. In a new article published in Language in Society, I use Carter’s metaphor as a springboard to critically examine a spate of many current language education policies and pedagogies in schools which are driven by deficit discourses about linguistic variation and change. The focus of the paper is on primary and secondary schools in England who have implemented strict, prescriptive and punitive language policies which attempt . . . → Read More: ‘Word jails’, ‘slang bans’ and the punitive policing of language in schools...
  • Words on the loose: The power of “premium”
  • 27 January 2020, Katie
  • Blog post written by Crispin Thurlow based on a new article published in Language in Society   In a new paper for Language in Society, I open with the following anecdote about the disingenuous power of everyday language games. On a work trip to Stockholm several years ago, I needed to take my two sons along with me. My local colleagues had kindly accommodated us in one of Sweden’s “Elite” hotels. On arrival day, my sons and I checked in and made our way up to the room. As we stepped across the threshold my oldest son declared, with genuine disappointment, “But this isn’t elite!” After I pressed him, he explained that the room was just not big enough. Evidently, he had already learned . . . → Read More: Words on the loose: The power of “premium”...
  • Educating the global citizen or the global consumer?
  • 16 January 2020, Katie
  • Blog post written by Claire Kramsch based on an article published in Language Teaching My views on the impact that globalization has had on the learning and teaching of foreign languages have been very much influenced by my French upbringing. In the fifties in France I learned and then studied German not in order to find a job in Germany, nor to go and visit the country, nor even to make friends with Germans, but to enjoy German literature and to immerse myself in German poems and fairytales. The language for me was indissociable from texts on the page and the imaginary worlds they opened up for me.  Not that I had consciously intended it to be that way. The teaching of German . . . → Read More: Educating the global citizen or the global consumer?...