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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Multilingual Capital: A Panel Discussion with the Public

Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus

London is a multilingual capital. Over 20 per cent of Londoners use a main language other than English, more than anywhere else in the UK. Still, bilinguals face many challenges in using their languages. Our new initiative, Multilingual Capital: A Resource for London Communities, aims to share and develop insights about multilingualism by liaising with community members impacted by multilingualism - from support services, to schools, parents and the general public.


Multilingual Capital: A Resource for London Communities will be launched with a public event on 18 March between 6 and 8pm in the David Sizer Lecture Theatre at Queen Mary, University of London.

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. If you would like to contribute to this event in advance, please fill in the questions regarding multilingualism upon registration. There is no obligation to answer these questions, but, if you do so, your questions and/or comments might be discussed during the question-answer session.


Panel members

Beverley Costa

Beverley founded Mothertongue, a multiethnic and multilingual counselling service.

Esther de Leeuw

Much of Esther’s research has looked at language loss in immigrant communities.

Naomi Nagy

Naomi started the Heritage Language Variation and Change Project (HLVC) in Toronto, Canada.

Itesh Sachdev

Itesh conducts research on language attitudes and the vitality of minority language groups.

Devyani Sharma

Devyani has conducted research involving families of Indian origin in London.


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