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Schluter, Anne Ambler (Dr)
Assistant Professor

BA (Germanic Language and Literature) Washington University in Saint Louis
MS (TESOL) Florida International University
Ph.D. (Applied Linguistics) The University of Texas at Austin

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Research Overview

As a sociolinguist, I envision language as a product of users’ needs in a given time and space. Entry into new contexts brings exposure to setting-specific styles, genres, and registers; communicative resources – both linguistic and extralinguistic – develop to suit the communicative demands of frequently visited domains. If multiple languages serve important functions within these domains, they enhance users’ multilingual repertoires. Power relations, language policies, and language attitudes interact at various scalar levels to inform the strategic and appropriate deployment of these repertoires. Rich sites for observing such dynamics include those that feature multilingualism as a result of migration, colonial legacy, and/or repressive dominant language policies.

My research is based on data collected from each of these types of settings. Internal migration and Turkish-only language policies shape the language practices and ideologies of the Kurdish restaurant workers in my Istanbul-based work. This research has informed a new project that evaluates the legacy of these policies in an external migration context: a Kurdish diaspora group residing in Warabi, Japan.

Together with my colleague, Kellie Gonçalves (University of Oslo), I have also been exploring language policy and practice among migrant employees of a Brazilian-run housecleaning company. Set in New Jersey, U.S.A., this project highlights participants’ development of accommodation abilities and extralinguistic semiotic communicative strategies that emerge in these English-dominant spaces. The dominance of English varies considerably according to the given context within the post-colonial setting of Hong Kong. A fourth project investigates the language attitudes and linguistic insecurity of limited English proficient speakers employed at a Hong Kong workplace that values English as an important form of symbolic capital.

Recent Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong) (Aug 2017 - present)

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Language Education, Atatürk College of Education, Marmara University (Istanbul, Turkey) (Sep 2014 - Mar 2017)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development, University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX, USA) (Aug 2013 - May 2014)

Teaching Areas

Discourse analysis

Research Interests

Language and power, especially as they relate to relationships in the blue-collar workplace
Language policy and planning
Political discourse
Linguistic landscape


Books and book chapters

Schluter, Anne & Gonçalves, Kellie. (under contract) Domestics talk: Language use and social practices in a multilingual, migrant-run workplace. Language at Work series ( Series Editor: Jo Angouri. Multilingual Matters: Bristol, U.K.

Schluter, Anne. (In press). Language Practices through the Lens of the Neoliberal Imaginary in Kurdish-Owned Eating Establishments in Istanbul. In Kellie Gonçalves and Helen Kelly-Holmes (Eds.) Language, Global Mobilities, and Blue-Collar Workplaces. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Schluter, Anne & Sansarkan, Mahmut. (2014). Language choice as a function of power and solidarity in the Istanbul workplace. In Ahmet Içduygu and Z. Gülru Göker (Eds.) Rethinking Migration and Integration: Bottom-Up Responses to Neoliberal Global Challenges. The Isis Press: Istanbul, Turkey. 127-175. ISBN 978-975-428-526-0.

Schluter, Anne. (2014). Competing or compatible language identities in Istanbul’s Kurdish workplaces? In Kristina Kamp, Ayhan Kaya, Fuat Keyman & Özge Onursal-Beşgül (Eds), Contemporary Turkey at a Glance. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Local and Trans-local Dynamics. Springer: Wiesbaden, Germany. 125-138. ISBN 978-3-658-04916-4, DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-04916-4.

Selected journal publications

Schluter, Anne. (In revision). Atatürk’s long shadow: Standard Turkish speakers as younger, more successful, and more attractive than their Kurdish-accented, regional counterparts. In Olivia Walsh (SI Guest Editor) “In the Shadow of the Standard. Standard Language Ideology and Attitudes towards Non-Standard Varieties and Usages” in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Impact Factor for 2018: 1.639.

Albury, Nathan. & Schluter, Anne. (in revision). Introduction to language and the diaspora. In N. Albury and A. Schluter (SI Guest Editors) “Language and the Diaspora”. Special Issue of Lingua.

Schluter, Anne Ambler. (2020). Measuring the effectiveness of theory in action: grass-roots initiatives and social justice for Japan’s Kurdish migrants. In H. Ladegaard and A. Phipps (SI Guest Editors) “Translational research: Language, intercultural communication, and social action.” Language and Intercultural Communication. DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2020.1722687

Schluter, Anne Ambler (2020). Fitting into a more appealing diaspora than my own: Positioning Ecuadorians and Hondurans within the Newark-area Portuguese-centric diaspora of New Jersey, U.S.A. In N. Albury and A. Schluter (SI Guest Editors) “Language and the Diaspora”. Lingua. DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2020.102810

Gonçalves, Kellie & Schluter, Anne. (2020). Introduction: Language, inequality and global care work. In K. Gonçalves & A. Schluter (SI Guest Editors) “Language, inequality and global care work”. Special Issue of The International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2020 (262). 1-16. DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2019-2067

Chatterjee, Anindita. & Schluter, Anne. (2020). Maid to maiden: The false promise of English for the daughters of domestic workers of Kolkata. In Kellie Gonçalves & Anne Schluter (SI Guest Editors) “Language, inequality and global care work”. Special issue of International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2020 (232). 67-96. DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2019-2070

Schluter, Anne. (2019). Hybrid language practices on Turkey’s national Kurdish television station: Iconic perspectives on form. In M. Dorleijn & J. Nortier (SI Guest Editors) “Metalinguistic discourse on multilingual urban and youth speech styles and multilingual awareness of linguistic practices”. Applied Linguistics Review 10 (3). Impact Factor for 2016: 0.351. DOI 10.1515/applirev-2017-0051

Schluter, Anne. (2018 on-line first). When social pressure is more powerful than the boss: workplace language policies by Kurds that restrict Kurdish. In K. Gonçalves (SI Guest Editor) "Managing people with language: language policy, planning and practice in multilingual 'blue-collar' workplaces: a global perspective". Language Policy. DOI 10.1007/s10993-018-9505-3

Gonçalves, Kellie. and Schluter, Anne. (2017). “Please do not leave any notes for the cleaning lady, as many do not speak English fluently”: Policy, power, and language brokering in a multilingual workplace. Language Policy 16 (3). DOI 10.1007/s10993-016-9406-2. Five-Year Impact Factor: 1.585.