WP257 Interactional sociolinguistics, crossing and North/South research relations

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Taking interactional sociolinguistics and my own research on crossing as focal cases, this paper responds to Masters & Makoni who ask ?what happens to epistemologies that originate in the Global North when they are used in the Global South to confront concerns about… how to address, mitigate, and possibly reverse the social inequality, discrimination, economic, political oppression, and heteropatriarchy encountered by peoples of the South?.? The paper lays out my interpretation of the theory, methods and politics underpinning interactional sociolinguistics (IS), and sets this next to five recent papers by scholars with Southern links.? There are several aspects of IS that dovetail with discussions of decolonial research, at least in principle, but outside ?the most lavishly funded universities and research establishments? (Burawoy & von Holdt 2012), how practicable is the slow and sustained immersion in discourse data that interactional sociolinguistics involves?