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Department of Linguistics

Welcome to the Centre for Language in Social Life

''Working with language in use: real people, real language, real communities''

Language does not occur in a vacuum, it emerges between actual people in everyday social situations. The complexity of these social situations is part of what makes language so powerful, but it is also what makes it so vulnerable to small changes.

The Centre for Language in Social Life looks at language from the point of view of its place in our everyday life from the the casual interactions with family and friends through to the language of the work place. As part of understanding this complex multimodal interaction, researchers are interested not only in the crafted texts both spoken and written, but also in the seemingly less crafted incidental interactions.

Most importantly, the centre is focused on the issues that concern our community. To do this, the Centre has a dual research orientation to:

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Centre for Language in Social Life
(C5A building, Room 441)
Department of Linguistics
Faculty of Human Sciences
Macquarie University NSW 2109
Fax: +61 2 9850 9199
Phone: +61 2 9850 9182

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