Dr Alexandra Grey wins the 2018 Joshua A. Fishman Award

Dr Alexandra Grey wins the 2018 Joshua A. Fishman Award

PhD graduate Dr Alexandra Grey has won the inaugural Joshua A. Fishman Award for outstanding dissertation on the sociology of language for her thesis How do language rights affect minority languages in China? An ethnographic investigation of the Zhuang minority language under conditions of rapid social change.

The 2018 Joshua A. Fishman Award committee was chaired by Professor Ofelia GarcĂ­a (City University New York) and included some of the most renowned sociolinguists internationally. Having received many excellent submissions from a global group of early career scholars, the judges evaluated the work for quality, originality, and promise and produced a shortlist which also included another of our graduates, Dr Vera Williams Tetteh. Of Alex’ thesis, the judges said that “it makes a fabulous theoretical contribution” with findings that “decenter all types of sociolinguistic assumptions.”

The full thesis can be accessed at Language on the Move, where you can also find a short version for a quick overview, or read Alex’s graduation speech.

Alex recently started a postdoc in the Law School at Sydney University but she maintains honorary affiliation with the Department of Linguistics. Congratulations Alex!

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