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Dr Kinga Kozminska

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    My research sits at the intersection of sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological study of communicative practices of speakers peripheral to dominant structures of the modern nation-state. Drawing on sociolinguistics of globalisation, on the one hand, and multilingual and intersectional approaches, on the other, I study semiotic processes through which contemporary moving speakers and communities place themselves in transnational space. With a particular interest in sounded experiences, I analyse how people on the move develop metrics to account for sociolinguistic change, how their moves are embedded within colonial matrices of power and how collective ethics of place is related to specific contexts and histories. In my research, I examine the relationship between the self, others, time and space in the context of multipresence in various sites by focusing on communicative practices and variation among Eastern European, in particular, Polish-speaking migrants in London and South-East England.

    In my linguistic ethnographic research, I investigate contemporary sociocultural life in relation to socioeconomic, political, technological and demographic changes arisen with globalisation using tools of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and contact linguistics. I am particularly interested in contemporary soundscapes, emerging Englishes, language ideologies, bodily semiotics and scale-making practices. I work with audio-visual methodologies and welcome opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.


    Qualifications

    • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2016
  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • language ideologies, contemporary soundscapes, linguistic ethnography, emerging Englishes, multilingual studies, language and migration, audiovisual methodologies

    Research overview

    My research sits at the intersection of sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological study of communicative practices of speakers peripheral to dominant structures of the modern nation-state. Drawing on sociolinguistics of globalisation, on the one hand, and multilingual and intersectional approaches, on the other, I study semiotic processes through which contemporary moving speakers and communities place themselves in transnational space. With a particular interest in sounded experiences, I analyse how people on the move develop metrics to account for sociolinguistic change, how their moves are embedded within colonial matrices of power and how collective ethics of place is related to specific contexts and histories. In my research, I examine the relationship between the self, others, time and space in the context of multipresence in various sites by focusing on communicative practices and variation among Eastern European, in particular, Polish-speaking migrants in London and South-East England.


    In my linguistic ethnographic research, I investigate contemporary sociocultural life in relation to socioeconomic, political, technological and demographic changes arisen with globalisation using tools of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and contact linguistics. I examine concrete situations in which speakers with different stocks of knowledge, rights and access to material resources (re)combine territorially unlimited linguistic and cultural resources. I am particularly interested in contemporary soundscapes, emerging Englishes, language ideologies, bodily semiotics and scale-making practices. I work with audio-visual methodologies and welcome opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.

    I am currently working on a manuscript Transient diasporic soundings, which focuses on politics of sounding out and being heard in the context of unsettling systems of domination. I have also published some findings from a large-scale two-year-long ESRC-funded Family Language Policy project, which examined how migrants from Polish, Chinese and Somali communities in the UK were socialised into being members of families, communities and diasporas in the context of recent changes in transnational space.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of my areas of research interest. I am particularly interested in projects on language ideologies, embodied soundscapes, intersectional sociolinguistics, sociolinguistics of globalisation and multilingual practices.

    Teaching

    At Birkbeck, I teach long-term modules in Analysing Language Structure and Use and Sociolinguistics to BA and MA students of applied linguistics and modern languages and linguistics. I also contribute to a range of team taught modules, e.g. Empirical Research Skills Training Workshop, Investigating Language. I have also conducted selected sessions in Language and migration and Family language policy, and am now developing new modules in contemporary and global Englishes. Finally, I am the Programme Director for the new BA English and/with Linguistics. 

    Prior to joining the Department of Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck in my current role, I taught at the University of Oxford, ALC Birkbeck and University of Brighton. My teaching experience includes a range of modules in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, researching English language use, multilingualism, general linguistics, phonetics, global Englishes as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have also taught modules and seminars in contemporary English, language and migration, text design and language and media.

    Additionally, in 2018, I conducted invited seminar sessions on language ideologies and family language policy to MA and PhD students of linguistics, cultural studies and history at Universität Greifswald; which focused on the connection between linguistic and cultural issues and changes in civil society. In 2019, I was invited to design&conduct workshops at Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, where I introduced BA and MA students of architecture to social theories of space, storytelling, qualitative research methods and data analysis.


    Teaching modules

    • Reading Transnational Cultures (Level 5) (ARCL022S5)
    • Dissertation (LNLN004D7)
    • Analysing Language Structure and Use (level 5) (LNLN012S5)
    • Research Methods and Design (LNLN019S7)
    • Representations of Love, Desire and Sexuality (Level 5) (LNLN024S5)
    • Approaches to Language (Level 4) (LNLN026S4)
    • Sociolinguistics (LNLN067S7)
    • Introduction to Applied Linguistics (LNLN076S7)
    • Empirical Research Skills Training Workshop (SSAC035Z7)
    • Investigating Language (SSAC060H5)
  • Publications

    Publications

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