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Biography <p>I&rsquo;m a member of the Centre for Language and Communication at the Open University. My OU teaching covers several&nbsp;areas of&nbsp;English Language and Applied Linguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.<br /><br />My academic interests are in the area of sociolinguistics: the study of the relationship between language and social life. Under this broad heading, current teaching and research interests include:</p><ul><li>the study of spoken interaction, in institutional and informal/everyday settings</li><li>creativity in everyday language</li><li>educational storytelling</li><li>reading group discourse&ndash; how people talk about literary reading</li><li>language and gender, and other aspects of identity</li><li>language and education, including classroom interaction</li><li>aspects of language and globalisation</li></ul><p><strong>Books include:</strong></p><p>Seargeant, P. and Swann, J. (eds) (2012)<em>English in the World: History, diversity, change.</em>London: Routledge. (376pp) ISBN 978-0-415-67421-8.</p><p>Swann, J., Pope, R. and Carter, R. (eds) (2011)<em>Creativity in Language and Literature: the state of the art</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. (349pp) ISBN 978-0-230-57559-2.</p><p>Mesthrie, R., Swann, J., Deumert, A. and Leap, W. (2009; 1<sup>st</sup>edn 2000)<em>Introducing Sociolinguistics.</em>Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (501 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 0 7486 3843 7</p><p>Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds) (2009)<em>Companion to English Language Studies</em>. London: Routledge. (324pp) ISBN 0-415-40338-3.</p><p>Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds) (2006)<em>The Art of English: everyday creativity.</em>Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. (479pp) ISBN 1 4039 8559 6.</p><p>Swann, J., Deumert, A., Lillis, T. and Mesthrie, R. (2004)<em>A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics.</em>Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.&nbsp; (368 pp).&nbsp; ISBN 0 7486 1690 X.&nbsp;</p><p>Kehily, M.J. and Swann, J. (eds) (2003)<em>Children&rsquo;s Cultural Worlds.</em>Chichester: John Wiley in association with the Open University.&nbsp; (344 pp) ISBN 0 470 84694 1.&nbsp;</p><p>Coffin, C., Curry, M.J., Goodman, S., Hewings, A., Lillis, T.M. and Swann, J. (2002)<em>Teaching Academic Writing: a toolkit for higher education.</em>London: Routledge.&nbsp; (192 pp) ISBN 0 415 26135X.</p><p>Mercer, N. M. and Swann, J. (eds) (1996)<em>Learning English: development and diversity.</em>London: Routledge.&nbsp; (343 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 0 415 13121 9.<br />Revised edn published as: Mercer, N., Swann, J. and Mayor, B. (eds) (2007)<em>Learning English</em>. London: Routledge. (296pp) ISBN 978 0 415 37687 7.</p><p>Graddol, D., Leith, D. and Swann, J. (eds) (1996)<em>English: History, diversity and change.</em>London: Routledge.&nbsp; (394 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 0 415 13118 9.&nbsp;<br />Revised edn published as: Graddol, D., Leith, D., Swann, J., Rhys, M. and Gillen, J. (eds) (2007)<em>Changing English</em>. London: Routledge. (291pp) ISBN 978 0 415 37679 2.</p><p>Graddol, D., Cheshire, J. and Swann, J. (1994; 1<sup>st</sup>edn 1987)<em>Describing Language</em>, Open University Press.&nbsp; (250 pp)&nbsp; ISBN&nbsp; 0 335 15979 6/ 0 335 19315 3.</p><p>Graddol, D. and Swann, J. (eds) (1994)<em>Evaluating Language</em>&nbsp;(Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics). Clevedon: British Association for Applied Linguistics in association with Multilingual Matters.&nbsp; (116 pp) ISBN 1 85359 238 2.&nbsp;</p><p>Claire, H., Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds) (1993)<em>Equality matters: case studies from the primary school.</em>Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.&nbsp; (210 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 1 85359 180 7.&nbsp;</p><p>Swann, J. (1992)<em>Girls, Boys and Language.</em>Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.&nbsp; (261 pp)&nbsp;ISBN 0 631 16469 3.</p><p>Graddol, D. and Swann, J. (1989)<em>Gender Voices.</em>Oxford: Basil Blackwell.&nbsp; (214 pp) ISBN 0 631 13734 3.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Recent articles and chapters include:</strong><br /><br />Swann, J. (2012)&lsquo;Creative interpretations: a discursive approach to literary reading&rsquo;, in Jones, R. (ed)<em>Discourse and Creativity</em>. Pearson Education. ISBN 978 1 408 25188 1.</p><p>Swann, J. (2012)&lsquo;Everyday creativity in English&rsquo;, in Allington, D. and Mayor, B. (eds)<em>Using English: talk, text, technology</em>. London: Routledge. ISBN 978 0 415 37682 2.</p><p>Allington, D. and Swann, J. (2011)&lsquo;Reading and social interaction: a critical approach to individual and group reading practices&rsquo;, in R. Crone and S. Towheed (eds)<em>The History of Reading, Vol 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-24756-7.</p><p>Swann, J. (2011)&lsquo;How reading groups talk about books: a study of literary reception&rsquo;, in Swann, J., Pope, R. and Carter, R. (eds)<em>Creativity&nbsp;in</em>&nbsp;<em>Language and Literature: the state of the art</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-57559-2.</p><p>Pope, R. and Swann, J. (2011)&lsquo;Introduction: creativity, language, literature&rsquo;, in Swann, J., Pope, R. and Carter, R. (eds)<em>Creativity in Language and Literature: the state of the art</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-57559-2.</p><p>Swann, J. (2010)&lsquo;Transcribing Spoken Interaction&rsquo;, in Hunston, S. and Oakey, D. (eds)<em>Introducing Applied Linguistics: concepts and skills.</em>London: Routledge.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2010)&lsquo;Global Englishes&rsquo;, in Gupta, S. and Katsarska, M. (eds)<em>English Studies on This Side: post-2007 reckonings</em>. Plovdiv: Plovdiv University Press.<br /><br />Mesthrie, R. and Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;From variation to hybridity&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds)<em>Companion to English Language Studies</em>. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-40338-3.<br /><br />Swann, J. and Allington, D. (2009)&lsquo;Reading groups and the language of literary texts: a case study in social reading&rsquo;,<em>Language and Literature.</em>18 (3): 247-64. ISSN 0963 9470.<br /><br />Allington, D. and Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;Researching literary reading as social practice&rsquo;,<em>Language and Literature</em>. 18 (3): 219-30. ISSN 0963 9470.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;Doing gender against the odds: a sociolinguistic analysis of educational discourse&rsquo;, in Eppler, E. and Pichler, P. (eds)<em>Gender and Spoken Interaction</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-230-57402-5<br /><br />Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;Stories in performance&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Watson, N.J. (eds)<em>Children&rsquo;s Literature: Mapping the Field</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230-22713-2.<br /><br />Swann, J. and Maybin, J. (2008)&lsquo;Sociolinguistic and ethnographic approaches to language and gender&rsquo; in Harrington, K., Litosseliti, L., Sauntson, H., and Sunderland, J. (eds)<em>Gender and Language Research Methodologies</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. Introductory paper and section editing. ISBN 0 230 55068 1.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2007)&lsquo;Designing&ldquo;educationally effective&rdquo; discussion&rsquo;,<em>Language and Education</em>21 (4): 342-59. ISSN 0950&ndash;0782.<br /><br />Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (2007)&lsquo;Everyday creativity in language: textuality, contextuality and critique&rsquo;,&nbsp;<em>Applied Linguistics</em>28 (4): 497-517. ISSN 0142 6001.<br /><br />Mayor, B.M., Hewings, A., North, S., Swann, J. and Coffin, C. (2007)&lsquo;A linguistic analysis of Chinese and Greek L1 scripts for IELTS Academic Writing Task 2&rsquo; in Taylor, L. and Falvey, P. (eds)<em>IELTS Collected Papers: research in speaking and writing assessment</em>(Studies in Language Testing, Vol 19). University of Cambridge ESOL/ Cambridge University Press: 250-313.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2007)&lsquo;English voices&rsquo;, in Graddol, D., Leith, D., Swann, J., Rhys, M. and Gillen, J. (eds)<em>Changing English.</em>London: Routledge. ISBN 0 415 37679 2.<br /><br />Swann, J. and Sinka, I. (2007)&lsquo;Style shifting, code switching&rsquo;, in Graddol, D., Leith, D., Swann, J., Rhys, M. and Gillen, J. (eds)<em>Changing English</em>. London: Routledge. ISBN 0 415 37679 2.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2006)&lsquo;The Art of the everyday&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds)<em>The Art of English: everyday creativity.</em>Basingstoke, Hants, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1 4039 8559 6.<br /><br />McRae, S. and Swann, J. (2006)&lsquo;Putting on the style&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds)<em>The Art of English: everyday creativity</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1 4039 8559 6.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2006)&lsquo;Text and performance&rsquo;, in Goodman, S. and O&rsquo;Halloran, K. (eds)<em>The Art of English: literary creativity.</em>Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1 4039 8560 X.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2003)&lsquo;Schooled language: language and gender in educational settings&rsquo;, in Holmes, J. and Meyerhoff, M. (eds)<em>The Handbook of Language and Gender.</em>Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0 631 22502 1.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2002)&lsquo;The intersection of verbal, visual and vocal elements in an oral narrative&rsquo;, in Blayer, I. and Sanchez, M. (eds)<em>Storytelling: interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives</em>. Peter Lang. ISBN&nbsp;0 820 45125 8.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2002)&lsquo;Yes, but is it gender?&rsquo;, in Litosseliti, L. and Sunderland, J. (eds)<em>Gender Identity and Discourse Analysis</em>. Amsterdam: Benjamins. ISBN 9 027 22692 X.<br /><br />Mayor, B.M. and Swann, J. (2001)&lsquo;English Language and Global Teaching&rsquo;, in Lea, M. and Nicoll, K. (eds)<em>Distributed Learning: social and cultural approaches to practice</em>. London: Routledge Falmer. ISBN 0 415 26808 7.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2001)&lsquo;Recording and transcribing talk in educational settings&rsquo;, in Candlin, C.N. and Mercer, N. (eds)<em>English Language Teaching in its Social Context.</em>London: Routledge. ISBN 0 415 24122 7.<br /><br />McKinney, C. and Swann, J. (2001)&lsquo;Developing a sociolinguistic voice? Students and linguistic descriptivism&rsquo;,<em>Journal of Sociolinguistics</em>, 5(4): 576-90. ISSN 1360 6441.</p>
Description <p>I&rsquo;m a member of the Centre for Language and Communication at the Open University. My OU teaching covers several&nbsp;areas of&nbsp;English Language and Applied Linguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.<br /><br />My academic interests are in the area of sociolinguistics: the study of the relationship between language and social life. Under this broad heading, current teaching and research interests include:</p><ul><li>the study of spoken interaction, in institutional and informal/everyday settings</li><li>creativity in everyday language</li><li>educational storytelling</li><li>reading group discourse&ndash; how people talk about literary reading</li><li>language and gender, and other aspects of identity</li><li>language and education, including classroom interaction</li><li>aspects of language and globalisation</li></ul><p><strong>Books include:</strong></p><p>Seargeant, P. and Swann, J. (eds) (2012)<em>English in the World: History, diversity, change.</em>London: Routledge. (376pp) ISBN 978-0-415-67421-8.</p><p>Swann, J., Pope, R. and Carter, R. (eds) (2011)<em>Creativity in Language and Literature: the state of the art</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. (349pp) ISBN 978-0-230-57559-2.</p><p>Mesthrie, R., Swann, J., Deumert, A. and Leap, W. (2009; 1<sup>st</sup>edn 2000)<em>Introducing Sociolinguistics.</em>Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (501 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 0 7486 3843 7</p><p>Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds) (2009)<em>Companion to English Language Studies</em>. London: Routledge. (324pp) ISBN 0-415-40338-3.</p><p>Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds) (2006)<em>The Art of English: everyday creativity.</em>Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. (479pp) ISBN 1 4039 8559 6.</p><p>Swann, J., Deumert, A., Lillis, T. and Mesthrie, R. (2004)<em>A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics.</em>Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.&nbsp; (368 pp).&nbsp; ISBN 0 7486 1690 X.&nbsp;</p><p>Kehily, M.J. and Swann, J. (eds) (2003)<em>Children&rsquo;s Cultural Worlds.</em>Chichester: John Wiley in association with the Open University.&nbsp; (344 pp) ISBN 0 470 84694 1.&nbsp;</p><p>Coffin, C., Curry, M.J., Goodman, S., Hewings, A., Lillis, T.M. and Swann, J. (2002)<em>Teaching Academic Writing: a toolkit for higher education.</em>London: Routledge.&nbsp; (192 pp) ISBN 0 415 26135X.</p><p>Mercer, N. M. and Swann, J. (eds) (1996)<em>Learning English: development and diversity.</em>London: Routledge.&nbsp; (343 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 0 415 13121 9.<br />Revised edn published as: Mercer, N., Swann, J. and Mayor, B. (eds) (2007)<em>Learning English</em>. London: Routledge. (296pp) ISBN 978 0 415 37687 7.</p><p>Graddol, D., Leith, D. and Swann, J. (eds) (1996)<em>English: History, diversity and change.</em>London: Routledge.&nbsp; (394 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 0 415 13118 9.&nbsp;<br />Revised edn published as: Graddol, D., Leith, D., Swann, J., Rhys, M. and Gillen, J. (eds) (2007)<em>Changing English</em>. London: Routledge. (291pp) ISBN 978 0 415 37679 2.</p><p>Graddol, D., Cheshire, J. and Swann, J. (1994; 1<sup>st</sup>edn 1987)<em>Describing Language</em>, Open University Press.&nbsp; (250 pp)&nbsp; ISBN&nbsp; 0 335 15979 6/ 0 335 19315 3.</p><p>Graddol, D. and Swann, J. (eds) (1994)<em>Evaluating Language</em>&nbsp;(Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics). Clevedon: British Association for Applied Linguistics in association with Multilingual Matters.&nbsp; (116 pp) ISBN 1 85359 238 2.&nbsp;</p><p>Claire, H., Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds) (1993)<em>Equality matters: case studies from the primary school.</em>Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.&nbsp; (210 pp)&nbsp; ISBN 1 85359 180 7.&nbsp;</p><p>Swann, J. (1992)<em>Girls, Boys and Language.</em>Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.&nbsp; (261 pp)&nbsp;ISBN 0 631 16469 3.</p><p>Graddol, D. and Swann, J. (1989)<em>Gender Voices.</em>Oxford: Basil Blackwell.&nbsp; (214 pp) ISBN 0 631 13734 3.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Recent articles and chapters include:</strong><br /><br />Swann, J. (2012)&lsquo;Creative interpretations: a discursive approach to literary reading&rsquo;, in Jones, R. (ed)<em>Discourse and Creativity</em>. Pearson Education. ISBN 978 1 408 25188 1.</p><p>Swann, J. (2012)&lsquo;Everyday creativity in English&rsquo;, in Allington, D. and Mayor, B. (eds)<em>Using English: talk, text, technology</em>. London: Routledge. ISBN 978 0 415 37682 2.</p><p>Allington, D. and Swann, J. (2011)&lsquo;Reading and social interaction: a critical approach to individual and group reading practices&rsquo;, in R. Crone and S. Towheed (eds)<em>The History of Reading, Vol 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-24756-7.</p><p>Swann, J. (2011)&lsquo;How reading groups talk about books: a study of literary reception&rsquo;, in Swann, J., Pope, R. and Carter, R. (eds)<em>Creativity&nbsp;in</em>&nbsp;<em>Language and Literature: the state of the art</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-57559-2.</p><p>Pope, R. and Swann, J. (2011)&lsquo;Introduction: creativity, language, literature&rsquo;, in Swann, J., Pope, R. and Carter, R. (eds)<em>Creativity in Language and Literature: the state of the art</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-57559-2.</p><p>Swann, J. (2010)&lsquo;Transcribing Spoken Interaction&rsquo;, in Hunston, S. and Oakey, D. (eds)<em>Introducing Applied Linguistics: concepts and skills.</em>London: Routledge.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2010)&lsquo;Global Englishes&rsquo;, in Gupta, S. and Katsarska, M. (eds)<em>English Studies on This Side: post-2007 reckonings</em>. Plovdiv: Plovdiv University Press.<br /><br />Mesthrie, R. and Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;From variation to hybridity&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds)<em>Companion to English Language Studies</em>. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-40338-3.<br /><br />Swann, J. and Allington, D. (2009)&lsquo;Reading groups and the language of literary texts: a case study in social reading&rsquo;,<em>Language and Literature.</em>18 (3): 247-64. ISSN 0963 9470.<br /><br />Allington, D. and Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;Researching literary reading as social practice&rsquo;,<em>Language and Literature</em>. 18 (3): 219-30. ISSN 0963 9470.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;Doing gender against the odds: a sociolinguistic analysis of educational discourse&rsquo;, in Eppler, E. and Pichler, P. (eds)<em>Gender and Spoken Interaction</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-230-57402-5<br /><br />Swann, J. (2009)&lsquo;Stories in performance&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Watson, N.J. (eds)<em>Children&rsquo;s Literature: Mapping the Field</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230-22713-2.<br /><br />Swann, J. and Maybin, J. (2008)&lsquo;Sociolinguistic and ethnographic approaches to language and gender&rsquo; in Harrington, K., Litosseliti, L., Sauntson, H., and Sunderland, J. (eds)<em>Gender and Language Research Methodologies</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. Introductory paper and section editing. ISBN 0 230 55068 1.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2007)&lsquo;Designing&ldquo;educationally effective&rdquo; discussion&rsquo;,<em>Language and Education</em>21 (4): 342-59. ISSN 0950&ndash;0782.<br /><br />Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (2007)&lsquo;Everyday creativity in language: textuality, contextuality and critique&rsquo;,&nbsp;<em>Applied Linguistics</em>28 (4): 497-517. ISSN 0142 6001.<br /><br />Mayor, B.M., Hewings, A., North, S., Swann, J. and Coffin, C. (2007)&lsquo;A linguistic analysis of Chinese and Greek L1 scripts for IELTS Academic Writing Task 2&rsquo; in Taylor, L. and Falvey, P. (eds)<em>IELTS Collected Papers: research in speaking and writing assessment</em>(Studies in Language Testing, Vol 19). University of Cambridge ESOL/ Cambridge University Press: 250-313.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2007)&lsquo;English voices&rsquo;, in Graddol, D., Leith, D., Swann, J., Rhys, M. and Gillen, J. (eds)<em>Changing English.</em>London: Routledge. ISBN 0 415 37679 2.<br /><br />Swann, J. and Sinka, I. (2007)&lsquo;Style shifting, code switching&rsquo;, in Graddol, D., Leith, D., Swann, J., Rhys, M. and Gillen, J. (eds)<em>Changing English</em>. London: Routledge. ISBN 0 415 37679 2.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2006)&lsquo;The Art of the everyday&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds)<em>The Art of English: everyday creativity.</em>Basingstoke, Hants, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1 4039 8559 6.<br /><br />McRae, S. and Swann, J. (2006)&lsquo;Putting on the style&rsquo;, in Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds)<em>The Art of English: everyday creativity</em>. Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1 4039 8559 6.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2006)&lsquo;Text and performance&rsquo;, in Goodman, S. and O&rsquo;Halloran, K. (eds)<em>The Art of English: literary creativity.</em>Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1 4039 8560 X.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2003)&lsquo;Schooled language: language and gender in educational settings&rsquo;, in Holmes, J. and Meyerhoff, M. (eds)<em>The Handbook of Language and Gender.</em>Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0 631 22502 1.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2002)&lsquo;The intersection of verbal, visual and vocal elements in an oral narrative&rsquo;, in Blayer, I. and Sanchez, M. (eds)<em>Storytelling: interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives</em>. Peter Lang. ISBN&nbsp;0 820 45125 8.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2002)&lsquo;Yes, but is it gender?&rsquo;, in Litosseliti, L. and Sunderland, J. (eds)<em>Gender Identity and Discourse Analysis</em>. Amsterdam: Benjamins. ISBN 9 027 22692 X.<br /><br />Mayor, B.M. and Swann, J. (2001)&lsquo;English Language and Global Teaching&rsquo;, in Lea, M. and Nicoll, K. (eds)<em>Distributed Learning: social and cultural approaches to practice</em>. London: Routledge Falmer. ISBN 0 415 26808 7.<br /><br />Swann, J. (2001)&lsquo;Recording and transcribing talk in educational settings&rsquo;, in Candlin, C.N. and Mercer, N. (eds)<em>English Language Teaching in its Social Context.</em>London: Routledge. ISBN 0 415 24122 7.<br /><br />McKinney, C. and Swann, J. (2001)&lsquo;Developing a sociolinguistic voice? Students and linguistic descriptivism&rsquo;,<em>Journal of Sociolinguistics</em>, 5(4): 576-90. ISSN 1360 6441.</p>
Research overview <p>I&rsquo;m interested in the sociolinguistic study of language use in both everyday and institutional settings. A long-term interest is in language and gender, particularly in educational contexts: how children may construct different gendered identities, and how such identity work is embedded in interpersonal and curricular activity.</p><p>Children&rsquo;s management of interactional resources shows them to be relatively creative language users, and this has sparked a broader interest in language and creativity: how spoken and written language are used creatively in everyday settings, and the relationship between such everyday linguistic creativity and literary language. A related interest is in oral storytelling in educational and other contexts, including the multimodal analysis of story.<br /><br />Allied to research on creativity are several linked projects on everyday literary reception, with a particular focus on reading groups. Reading groups are something of a contemporary cultural phenomenon, at least in many Anglophone contexts, and they also allow researchers to capture interpretive activity&lsquo;on the hoof&rsquo;: how readers interpret and evaluate the books they have read, and how such interpretations/evaluations are bound up with the intricate co-construction of reader identities. A current strand of interest is in reading groups in schools, and how such extra-curricular literary reading may contribute to children&rsquo;s development as readers.</p><p><strong>Recent funded projects include:</strong></p><p><strong>Transitions and Transformations: exploring creativity in everyday and literary language</strong></p><p>A seminar series funded by the AHRC, 2007; co-investigators Professor Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham and Professor Rob Pope, Oxford Brookes University.<br /><br /><strong>The Discourse of Reading Groups</strong></p><p>Funded by the AHRC, 2007-8; co-investigator Dr Kieran O&rsquo;Halloran, research associate Dr Daniel Allington, Open University. See&nbsp;http://www.open.ac.uk/dorg/index.shtml.</p><p><strong>Consultancy to evaluate a programme of school reading groups</strong></p><p><strong>C</strong>onsultancy for Liverpool Find Your Talent and The Reader Organisation, 2009-10; with Dr Daniel Allington, Open University.</p><p><strong>Evaluations of the shadowing scheme associated with the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway children&rsquo;s book awards</strong></p><p>Funded by the Carnegie UK trust, 2011/2012; carried out in association with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA); with Professor Teresa Cremin, Open University. See&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cilip.org.uk/shadowingresearch" rel="nofollow">http://www.cilip.org.uk/shadowingresearch</a>.</p><p><strong>Evaluation of the Helicopter Technique of Storytelling and Story Acting in nursery and reception classes</strong></p><p>Funded by Esm&eacute;e Fairbairn 2012; carried out in association with MakeBelieve Arts; with Professor Teresa Cremin (PI), Dr Rosie Flewitt, Dr Dorothy Faulkner and Natalia Kucirkova, Open University. See&nbsp;http://www.makebelievearts.co.uk/Helicopter.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>
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