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Cambridge University Press
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May 2023
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Do you want to talk about the linguistic research that you think is important but you don't know where to start? Language is a topic that is relevant to everyone, and linguists are often asked to speak publicly about their research, to a range of lay audiences in the media, politics, festivals and fairs, schools, museums and public libraries. However, relaying this vital information in an engaging way can often feel like an insurmountable task. This accessible guide offers practical advice on how to talk about language to a range of non-academic audiences. It draws on the linguistics behind effective communication to help you have cooperative conversations, and to organize your information for a diverse range of people. It is illustrated with a wealth of examples from real-life scenarios, and includes chapter-by-chapter worksheets, enabling you to make your own fun and interesting language science activities to share with others.


‘For those beguiled with the wonders of language, and eager to share their enchantment, this is a most welcome guide.’

Noam Chomsky - Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

‘Finally, Laura Wagner and Cecile McKee have written up a handbook for anyone interested in replicating their awesome linguistics communication activities! I hope this book is the seed for a grand flourishing of students trained in lingcomm, filling language booths at festivals, museums, and all kinds of events.’

Gretchen McCulloch - Internet Linguist, author of Because Internet, and host of Lingthusiasm

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