Q & A with new English Today Editor Andrew Moody

Welcome on board as Editor of English Today. What was it about the journal that attracted you to the post?

Thank you for the warm welcome from CUP, and to the support and assistance I have been given in the month leading up to the formal installation as Editor of English Today. The journal is one of the most important journals of formal and functional description of English varieties, and this is the primary attraction to working with the journal. The journal also has a very different ‘look’ from other academic publications, and it is easy to see that English Today’s readership comes from many diverse disciplines and orientations toward the English language, and I find that to be an especially appealing feature of the journal.

What has your relationship with the journal been up until now? Which content have you valued the most?

I have been a reader of the journal since I was a graduate student in English sociolinguistics, and the international orientation of the journal has always been one of the most profoundly important features of the journal. I have served on the Editorial Board of the journal since 2008 and I was especially active as reviewer for the journal since 2013 or so. During that time, the journal’s content has grown to explore many different international varieties of English as well as different functional varieties of the language (e.g. English in the media, English of popular culture, English in linguistic landscapes, etc.).

What is your vision for the journal?

I would like to see the journal continue to offer high-quality descriptive work on varieties of English. Increasingly (over the past ten years) the journal has ensured the rigor of research by introducing more peer-reviewed texts, and I hope to continue and expand this practice.

English Today provides accessible cutting-edge reports on all aspects of the language. What developments in English scholarship currently excite you most?

The field of English sociolingusitics and the way that it approaches linguistic data has undergone some pretty interesting transformations in recent years. Post-modern approaches to linguistic identity and to performance have opened sociolinguists minds to new sources of data that would not have been considered before the 2000s.

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