Linguistic Ethnography Forum

The Linguistic Ethnography Forum (LEF) is a Special Interest Group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL).

LEF brings together researchers conducting linguistic ethnography in the UK and elsewhere. It seeks to explore a range of past and current work, to identify key issues, and to engage in methodologically and theoretically well-tuned debate.

Linguistic Ethnography holds that language and social life are mutually shaping, and that close analysis of situated language use can provide both fundamental and distinctive insights into the mechanisms and dynamics of social and cultural production in everyday activity.


1 June 2019

Invited speaker abstracts have been added to the event page for the next LEF Workshop 'Reflexivity and Positionality in Linguistic Ethnography' in two days.

24 May 2019

The website for EELC 8 in Oslo has gone live: Kudos to our very organised local convenor Dr. Joke Dewilde!

11 March 2019

The next LEF Workshop 'Reflexivity and Positionality in Linguistic Ethnography' will be held at UWE Bristol on 3 June 2019. Please visit the workshop event page for registration and abstract submission.

8 January 2019

We are very excited to announce that the next EELC conference will be held at the University of Oslo on 24-25 September 2020.

Please save the date, and for more information, please contact the conference convenor Joke Dewilde at joke.dewilde@ILS.UIO.NO.

1 January 2019

Happy New Year! Our website has been updated over the holidays, including information about the 2018 EELC conference in Edinburgh, minutes from the last AGM and new committee membership. For general inquiries and suggestions about the website, please email network manager Jackie Lou at