Students in Dr. Leigh’s “Language in Society” class last year embraced the idea that the best way to learn about sociolinguistics is to examine our own experiences. We used famed British linguist David Crystal’s autobiography, Just a Phrase I’m Going Through as our inspiration to publish our own socio-linguistic autobiographies. A few examples of our students’ work appear here. Their publications combine personal experiences with linguistic know-how in phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. In an effort to make our learning come alive, we contacted Crystal himself at the end of last school year to communicate our admiration of his work and share the texts he inspired us to complete. To our great joy, he wrote back calling the autobiographies “lovely stories, beautifully presented.” Of course we were thrilled to hear from the author of our “mentor” text!
Admire Tiffany Yu’s work for the Language in Society’s project “Just a Phrase I’m Going Through”: