Language and Society

The Language and Society cluster (SocioLang) focuses on language and social life. It brings together expertise on:

  • Critical sociolinguistics
  • Discourse studies
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Linguistic ethnography
  • Language learning

In the cluster we explore the dynamics of intra- and inter-linguistic linguistic variation in the repertoires of individual speakers and within and between multilingual and linguistically diverse societies.

We explore language and ethnicity, bilingualism, language ideologies, linguistic landscapes, language policy and planning, language and the political economy, language and tourism and issues pertaining to regional minority languages, migrant languages and 'new speakers' of these languages.

SocioLang transcends disciplinary boundaries and builds a dialogue amongst researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists to explore the dynamics of language, society and change.


Bernadette O’Rourke (convenor)

Guillem Colom-Montero (co-convenor)


James Rann

Tom Bartlett (School of Critical Studies)

Piotr Wegorowski (School of Critical Studies)

Joanna Kopaczyk (School of Critical Studies)


PhD students

Eneida Garcia Villanueva

Alejandro Dayan-Fernandez