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Dr Julia Snell

Visiting Lecturer in Applied & Sociolinguistics


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Tel: +44 (0)207 848 3124

My research to date has focused on linguistic and communicative processes within educational settings. My PhD research was concerned with the relationship between language variation and social class, investigating how and to what extent children from two socially differentiated primary schools used the resources of their local dialect to construct personal identities, negotiate social hierarchies and manage their relationships with each other and with their teachers. This work drew upon variationist and interactional sociolinguistic approaches. I have since used data from my PhD fieldwork to challenge the deficit-oriented perspectives that are once again becoming prominent in discussions of young people’s language in media discourse and some educational policy documents. In a more recent ESRC-funded project (with Adam Lefstein), my focus was on classroom discourse and the relationship between teachers' sensitivity to classroom interactional dynamics and their professional practice. Both research projects reflect my interest in ethnography, and in developing innovative research methodologies (in particular finding ways to combine quantitative with qualitative methods).
I am a member of the co-ordinating committee for the UK Linguistic Ethnography forum (a Special Interest Group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics). In 2008 I co-founded (with Fiona Copland & Sara Shaw) the inter-disciplinary conference ‘Explorations in Ethnography, Language & Communication’. I co-organised the conference for three years (2008-2010), and it has now been incorporated as the annual meeting for UK LEF.

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and my Research Profile
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