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Participation and Linguistic Ethnography 
Veronika Lajos (Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Miskolc, Hungary)
Csanád Bodó (Eötvös Loránd University)
Noémi Fazakas (Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania)
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School of Law, Main Site Tower (MST), Edgar Graham Room
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel addresses participatory approaches in the linguistic ethnographic study of language. It discusses how practices and interpretations of participation affect the engagement and involvement of stakeholders in research and contribute to academic knowledge-production.

Long Abstract:

Participation, defined here broadly as the involvement and engagement of all interested parties, has recently gained momentum in several societal domains, including not only political decision making, cultural and mass media spaces, whether online or offline, but also academic research. In sociolinguistics, there is a well-established tradition of involving the 'researched' into the research process itself. Key aspects of participatory research, as elaborated in the social sciences, however, have rarely been discussed in the study of language. The panel draws on recent developments in the involvement and engagement of non-academic language experts into linguistic research, such as citizen sociolinguistics (Rymes 2020, Svendsen 2018), collaborative sociocultural linguistics (Bucholtz et al. 2016), Linguistic Citizenship (Stroud 2001, 2015), community-based language research (Bischoff and Jany 2018, Olko 2018) and activist applied linguistics (Cowal and Leung 2021). We invite scholars of linguistic ethnography and anthropology as well as researchers from related fields and also non-academic participants in linguistic projects to discuss ways in which practices and interpretations of participation affect the engagement and involvement of different stakeholders in the ethnographic study of language. The panel also addresses the implicit critique of the participatory approaches lacking significant contribution to theory-building and academic knowledge-production as it is mostly practice-oriented not only in its methods but also in its intended impacts.

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -