Uses of Oracy Conference - Roundtable 3 - What speech styles do young people use?

Roundtable 3 - "What speech styles do young people use?”



This panel explores the speech styles of young people, focussing on the social and educational barriers that young speakers of non-standard varieties face. The panel address a number of issues related to the following questions: How is spoken language different from or similar to written language? What speech styles do young people use? How can educators better integrate young people’s voices in the classroom?


Who were the speakers?


Christian Ilbury (Chair) is a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at the University of Edinburgh


Julia Snell is an Associate Professor in English Language at the University of Leeds. Julia’s research integrates approaches from linguistics, anthropology, sociology and education in order to investigate the ways in which children’s language and communicative practices shape (and are shaped by) their social and intellectual lives.


Claire Nance is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. Clare’s research explores the phonetic and social implications of bilingualism, with a particular focus on the context of minority language revitalisation in Scotland.


Paul Kerswill is Emeritus Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of York. Paul’s research is in language variation and change, with a particular focus on dialect contact


Rhian Hodges is a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Prifysgol Bangor University. Rhian’s research explores language planning topics such as new speakers of minoritized languages, minority language education, language transmission and language use within the community and the workplace.