WPULL’s strapline, “Engaging with contemporary communicative practice”, includes research looking at language, literacy, learning, interaction and mediated discourse in everyday life, in education, in government policy, in local communities, healthcare, new and mass media as well as more specific sites like call centres, newsrooms etc.
Their contributions come from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Catalunya, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, UK, Ukraine and the USA. Although most of the contributions are academic studies, the website also includes book reviews, reports on meetings, interviews, teaching notes, CPD texts for language teachers, manifestos, position statements and personal reflections.
Professor Ben Rampton, the founding director of the Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC) at King’s, tells us more about it.
What are you trying to achieve with WPULL and its 300+ papers to date?
Prof Rampton: Thematically, there’s a fairly consistent concern with the interplay between language, cultural diversity and social stratification, with a strong ethnographic perspective and a commitment to the practical applications of research.