Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity

Authors: Drummond, Rob

  • Provides an account of sociolinguistic practice amongst urban adolescents
  • Focuses on the use of linguistic variation as a meaning-making tool in the enactment of identity
  • Explores the extent to which a Multicultural Urban British English might be emerging
  • Combines methods and analyses from variationist and interactional sociolinguistics with ethnography
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This book examines how urban adolescents attending a non-mainstream learning centre in the UK use language and other semiotic practices to enact identities in their day-to-day lives. Combining variationist sociolinguistics and ethnographically-informed interactional sociolinguistics, this detailed and highly reflexive account provides rich descriptions and discussions of the linguistic processes at work in a previously underexplored research environment. In doing so, it reveals fresh insights into the changes taking place in urban British English, and into the difficulties of undertaking ethnographic, sociolinguistic research in a challenging context using a combination of methods and approaches. This interdisciplinary work will appeal to students and scholars from across the fields of sociolinguistics, ethnography, and education; as well as providing a valuable resource for teachers and trainees.




About the authors

Rob Drummond is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of Youth Language at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, UK. 

Reviews

“This book is a gem. It gives rare insights into the lives and language of young people in non-mainstream learning centres, treated with the respect and admiration that Drummond shows us they clearly deserve. But it does far more than this. It portrays the roller coaster ride of a successful interdisciplinary research project, from start to finish, with all the trials and excitement encountered along the way. This engagingly written personal account will be hugely important for linguists, teachers, policy makers and anyone interested in urban youth language, and inspirational and essential reading for both new and experienced researchers.” (Jenny Cheshire FBA, Professor of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London, UK)​

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eBook £63.99
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Hardcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73461-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73462-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73462-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73461-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 286
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