London is a multilingual capital. The most recent census results show that over 20% of Londoners use a main language other than English, far above the country’s average. Yet bilinguals face many challenges in using their languages.
Devyani Sharma and I are launching a new initiative called Multilingual Capital: A Resource for London Communities on 18 March 2013 at Queen Mary, University of London to support multilingual communities in the capital and beyond.
The primary aims of Multilingual Capital include:
- Engaging with London communities so that the rich linguistic diversity of the capital is accurately represented;
- Increasing the visibility of multilingualism in the capital so that groups impacted by multilingualism can share ideas and develop a common voice;
- Sharing research findings on multilingualism to ensure that relevant knowledge is disseminated to all groups impacted by, and interested in, multilingualism;
- Creating knowledge in the emerging research area of multilingualism through documenting language use and diversity in London and beyond.
This event will include a series of short talks by researchers in the field of multilingualism, with plenty of time for a question-answer session.
Find out more about this event here.
Esther de Leeuw