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Professor David Barton

Professor

David Barton

County South

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 510823

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Research overview

All aspects of language online, including the interaction of words and images, multilingual issues, changes to vernacular practices and learning.

PhD supervision

Language Online. Local literacies; Vernacular literacies; Ethnographic studies of literacy practices in communities, workplaces, educational settings and online; The textually mediated social world; Adult literacy education; The language practices of Web2 sites such as Flickr.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate: Language in the media.

MA: Digital Language and Literacies

MA and PhD: Qualitative Research Methods

The MA in Digital Language and Literacies, started in October 2012. Come to Lancaster for a year!!!

Research Interests

I am Professor of Language and Literacy and Director of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk. I am currently interested in all aspects of language online, including the interaction of words and images, multilingual issues, changes to vernacular practices and learning. I am especially interested in language on the photo-sharing site Flickr. I am also writing about methodology, especially ethnographic approaches to literacy research. Also academics writing.

The book Language Online by David Barton and Carmen Lee was published by Routledge in April 2013.

The book Local literacies by David Barton and Mary Hamilton was re-issued in 2012 as a Routledge Linguistics Classic with a new overview chapter. 

The Anthropology of Writing: Understanding textually mediated worlds edited by David Barton and Uta Papen and published by Continuum is now available in paperback. Download the first chapter.

I enjoyed writing a paper on being stranded by the volcanic ash cloud in April 2010: Barton, D. (2011) People and technologies as resources in times of uncertainty.Mobilities,6(1) 57-65.

My book Literacy has come out in Greek and is published by Papazisi publishers, Athens and is being published in Korean by Honsei University Press. 

And a couple of other recent papers:

Barton, D. & Lee, C. 2012, Redefining Vernacular Literacies in the Age of Web 2.0, Applied Linguistics. 33, 3, p. 282-298.

Barton, D. 2012, Participation, deliberate learning and discourses of learning online, Language and Education. 26, 2, p. 139-150.

My Literacies book series with Routledge is thriving, the latest volume being Literacy and the politics of representation, by Mary Hamilton.

Additional Information

Books

  • Researching Language in Social Media. Routledge, 2014. (with Ruth Page, Michelle Zappavigna and Johann Unger.
  • Language Online: Investigating digital texts and practices. Routledge 2013. (with Carmen Lee.)
  • The Anthropology of Writing: Understanding textually-mediated worlds. Continuum, 2010. (edited with Uta Papen.)
  • Improving Learning in College. Routledge, 2009. (written with lots of other people, especially Roz Ivanic.)
  • Responding to People's Lives. Leicester: NIACE, 2008. (with Y. Appleby)
  • Literacy, Lives and Learning. Routledge, 2007. (with R. Ivanic, Y. Appleby, R. Hodge, K. Tusting)
  • Literacy: an introduction to the ecology of written language, Blackwell, 2nd edition, 2007
  • Models of Adult Learning, Leicester: NIACE, 2006. (with K. Tusting)
  • Beyond Communities Of Practice: Language, Power And Social Context. Cambridge University Press, 2005. (ed. with K. Tusting)
  • Letter writing as a social practice, John Benjamins, 2000. (ed. with N. Hall)
  • Situated Literacies Routledge, 2000. (ed. with Mary Hamilton and Roz Ivanic)
  • Local Literacies: Reading and writing in one community, Routledge, 1998. (with Mary Hamilton)
  • Worlds of literacy (co-editor, Multilingual Matters, 1994)
  • Sustaining local literacies (editor, Multilingual Matters, 1994)
  • Writing in the community (co-editor, Sage, 1992)

See also the publications page of the Literacy Research Centre, http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk/resources/publications.htm

And please note that the NRDC Report listed here and under others under eprints, below, can be downloaded here

D. Barton, K. Tusting, R. Hodge & Y. Appleby, (2008) Learners' experience of work. London: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC).

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