Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity

  • Rob┬áDrummond

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 273-286

About this book


This book examines how urban adolescents attending a non-mainstream learning centre in the UK use language and other semiotic practices to enact identities in their day-to-day lives. Combining variationist sociolinguistics and ethnographically-informed interactional sociolinguistics, this detailed and highly reflexive account provides rich descriptions and discussions of the linguistic processes at work in a previously underexplored research environment. In doing so, it reveals fresh insights into the changes taking place in urban British English, and into the difficulties of undertaking ethnographic, sociolinguistic research in a challenging context using a combination of methods and approaches. This interdisciplinary work will appeal to students and scholars from across the fields of sociolinguistics, ethnography, and education; as well as providing a valuable resource for teachers and trainees.


Learning Centres behavioural difficulties Pupil Referral Unit identity creation language and ethnicity semiotics sociolinguistic variation urban adolescent speech dialect linguistic ethnography grime Multicultural Urban British English Multicultural London English Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) Manchester youth language urban street style ethnography sociology of adolescence childhood

Authors and affiliations

  • Rob┬áDrummond
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  1. 1.Department of Languages, Information and CommunicationManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73461-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73462-0
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