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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. I am interested in emerging transnational cultures and soundscapes, and semiotic-material processes through which contemporary moving speakers and communities place themselves in transnational space. 

    I work with audio and audio-visual methodologies and 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 this contributes to the politics of sounding and listening. So far, I have focussed on the relationship between the self, others, time and space in the context of multipresence in various sites and Polish migrations to 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 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, politics of senses, 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. I am interested in emerging transnational cultures and soundscapes, and semiotic-material processes through which contemporary moving speakers and communities place themselves in transnational space. 

    I work with audio and audio-visual methodologies and 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 this contributes to the politics of sounding and listening. So far, I have focussed on the relationship between the self, others, time and space in the context of multipresence in various sites and Polish migrations to 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. My forthcoming book focussing on soundings and the politics of sociolinguistic listening for transnational space will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2023.

    I have also worked with film as a research technique and published some findings from a large-scale two-year-long ESRC-funded Family Language Policy project, which examined how through the use of human and non-human entities members of Polish, Chinese and Somali communities in the UK were weaving their transnational cultures and projects. I welcome opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.

  • 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, 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, Reading Transnational Cultures. I am also 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, transnational cultures, text design and language and media.

    Additionally, in 2018, I conducted invited seminar sessions on language ideologies and family language practices 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 Gender, Love, 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)
    • Understanding the City (SSGE105S7)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

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