Applied Linguistics in Sport

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Convenors:

Dr David Caldwell, University of South Australia

Dr Antje Wilton, University of Siegen

 

Network Focus

The scope of this ReN – Applied Linguistics in Sport – broadly covers research involving the application of linguistics to the field of sport.  The ReN aims to bring together a bourgeoning body of sports and language research into the one research network.   As its starting point, the ReN draws on recent collaborative publications (e.g. The Language of Football, Lavric et al. 2008; The Discourses of Sport, Caldwell et al. 2016), workshops (e.g. International Workshop on Sports Communication, Siegen 2017) and colloquiums (British Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, University of Warwick, UK, 2014, European Systemic Functional Linguistic Conference, Salzburg 2016; Salamanca 2017) between international scholars with a common interest in sport and linguistics.  The ReN is also open to a range of linguistic methods, theories and traditions (e.g. sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis, systemic functional linguistics, interactional linguistics), a range of sporting contexts (e.g. different types of sports, sports media, coaching, on-field language, sports analytics), and cross-disciplinary research more generally (e.g. sports communication, sports psychology, sports science and e-sports).  In short, the scope of the ReN is limited only to applied linguistics in the field of sport.

The ReN includes established and emerging researchers from ten countries.  It also aims to engage with a growing number of students working on sport-related topics and courses in their university qualifications.  The network provides a platform for information, support and scholarship for both scholars and students with an interest in the application of linguistics to sport.

 

Network Activities

2018:

  • Conference colloquium: Sociolinguistic Symposium 22: Sociolinguistics of Sport,
  • Edited volume: Multimodal) Corpus Approaches to the Language of Sports (edited by Callies & Levin), for Bloomsbury Academic.
  • The construction of an AILA sports and linguistics website; drawing on and integrating with current websites, e.g. Innsbruck Football Research Group (including The Football and Language Bibliography Online), the Kicktionary, de, etc.

2019:

  • European workshop in sports and linguistics: TBC (possibly The University of Warwick UK,); focusing on/led by early career researchers.
  • Preparation for the 19th AILA Congress.
  • Scope: a new journal related to applied linguistics and sport.
  • Two scheduled meetings via video conferencing to discuss research projects, findings, developments (dates TBC).

2020:

  • International workshop in sports and linguistics: TBC (possibly in Adelaide, Australia)
  • Conference colloquium: 19th AILA Congress, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Two scheduled meetings via video conferencing to discuss research projects, findings and developments (dates TBC).

 

References

Caldwell, D, Walsh, J, Vine, EW & Jureidini, J (eds), 2016, The Discourse of sport: analyses from social linguistics. Routledge, New York.

Lavric, E, Pisek, G, Skinner, A, & Stadler, W (eds), 2008, The Linguistics of football: language in performance series 38. Tübingen: Nar Francke Attempto Verlag.

Meân, L, 2016, ‘Foreword’, in Caldwell, D, Walsh, J, Vine, EW & Jureidini, J (eds), The Discourse of sport: analyses from social linguistics. Routledge, New York, pp. ix-xv.