Mark C. Lewis

Hi! I’m Mark Lewis. I’m an educational researcher with a PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. I use educational linguistics, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology to examine current and historical language ideologies in curriculum, instruction, and educational scholarship. Here’s a link to my CV: Mark C. Lewis – Curriculum vitae. This site also hosts an informal blog on language, media, and other topics.

Selected Publications


Lewis, M. (2018).  A critique of the principle of error correction as a theory of social change.Email me for a personal copy if you don’t have full access Language in Society 47(3), 325-346. See the full issue for commentaries by Bucholtz, DeGraff, Labov, Mallinson & Charity Hudley, Rickford, Snell, Wolfram, and Zavala, as well as my response.

Flores, N., Lewis, M., & Phuong, J. (2018).  Raciolinguistic chronotopes and the education of Latinx students: Resistance and anxiety in a bilingual school.Email me for a personal copy if you don’t have full access Language & Communication 62, 15-25

Rymes, B., Aneja, G., Leone-Pizzighella, A., Lewis, M., & Moore, R. (2017). Citizen sociolinguistics: A new media methodology for understanding language and social life. In A. De Fina, D. Ikizoglu, & J. Wegner (Eds.), Diversity and super-diversity: Sociocultural linguistic perspectives (pp. 151–170). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Flores, N., & Lewis, M. (2016). From truncated to sociopolitical emergence: A critique of super-diversity in sociolinguistics.Email me for a personal copy if you don’t have full access International Journal of the Sociology of Language 241, 97–124.

Anderson, D. D., Lewis, M., Peterson, S., et al. (2010). “Kittens! Inspired by Kittens!”: Undergraduate theorists inspired by YouTubeEmail me for a personal copy if you don’t have full access. Language Arts 88(1), 32-42.

Working Papers

Lewis, M. (2017). Planning math language in the United States, 1650 to 1945. Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, 32(1).

Lewis, M. (2014). “Follow the procedure”: Online metapragmatic commentary on the five paragraph essay. Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, 29(2), 45-63.


Linguists should stop saying linguistic discrimination is the last acceptable prejudice

“This is the last acceptable public prejudice: bad jokes and silly stereotypes about people who speak differently.“ (from The Economist) “The site offers information, resources, and current research on topics around the issue of accentism in an attempt to raise awareness of what is, in some ways, the last socially acceptable form of prejudice.” (from Accentism,org) …