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Professor Ben Rampton

Professor of Applied and Socio Linguistics

Ben Rampton reziedContact information:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3711
Fax:+44 (0)20 7848 3182

Ben’s work involves ethnographic and interactional discourse analysis, cross-referring to work in anthropology, sociology, cultural and security studies.

His publications focus on language in relation to urban multilingualism, youth, popular culture, ethnicities, class, (in)securitisation, education, second language learning, and research methodology.  

He is the founding Director of the Centre for Language Discourse & Communication, directed the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre from 2011-14, and was founding Convener of the Linguistic Ethnography Forum (2001-09;  He has been on the editorial board of a dozen international journals (including Journal of Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology and Ethnography), and he edits Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

For further details, please see Research Staff Profile



  • Research workshop in language and literacy
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Analysing discourse data
  • Ethnography, language & communication

MA in Language and Cultural Diversity :

  • Language contact, bilingualism and black Englishes
  • Language & power
  • Researching linguistic diversity
  • Language, identity and culture

BA English Language & Linguistics:

  • Analysing spoken discourse (second year)
  • Language, culture and society (third year)

Watch Ben discuss sociolinguistics.




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