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PhD studentship: ‘Pan-dialectal Arabic Speech Communities in Global Cities’

Sign in ArabicStart date: 1 January 2017
Duration: Three years
Closing date for applications: 1 September 2016

Funding (including tuition fees and a maintenance allowance) is available for a three year PhD studentship as part of a research consortium on ‘Cross-language dynamics: Re-shaping community’ (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Open World Research Initiative). The consortium comprises the Universities of Manchester, Durham and London, in partnership with additional higher education institutions and stakeholder organisations in the UK and abroad.

The studentship is based in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester, and work will be carried out under the supervision of Professor Yaron Matras and Professor Stephen Hutchings. read more…

MLM to lead new project on ‘Multilingual Communities’

arabicsignMultilingual Manchester is preparing to deliver a new project on ‘Multilingual Communities’, to be launched in October. The research will be led by Professor Yaron Matras, together with Professor Eva Schultze-Berndt and Dr Rebecca Tipton, all from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

Drawing on the example of Manchester’s multilingualism, the project will focus on mapping language needs, understanding interpreter provisions in public services, and exploring how community languages influence one another. Special attention will be given to Arabic, a language that has seen a rise in the number of speakers in Manchester in recent years. read more…

Now you’re speaking my language! Multilingual Manchester in Manchester Evening News

MENscreenshotAn article on Levenshulme Language Day was featured in Manchester City Council’s Be Proud column, in Manchester Evening News. Levenshulme Language Day was a community event celebrating the city’s linguistic and cultural diversity, organised by Multilingual Manchester, Manchester City Council, Levenshulme Market and local initiatives. The full article can be viewed here.

Multilingual Manchester and Greater Manchester Police: Volunteer Activity Report now available

Logo of Greater Manchester PoliceMultilingual Manchester student volunteers have been working in collaboration with Greater Manchester Police to improve communication with victims of crime.

The volunteer group gathered public feedback on letters issued by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in the aftermath of a crime, and reflected this feedback in redrafted letters. Approaching residents from a wide range of backgrounds, the group’s aim was to ensure that the new Victim of Crime letters used accessible language to communicate with Manchester’s diverse public.

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Levenshulme Language Day video now online

Screen-Shot-2015-11-18-at-2.29.53-PM-150x150Manchester’s first Language Day took place in Levenshulme on Saturday 24th October 2015. The event was a celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity in the city, and was attended by hundreds of local residents and visitors, who took part in activities spanning three venues.

A short video is now available online, featuring some of the many performances, language taster sessions and interactive games that took place on the day, as well as interviews with participants and visitors.

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Levenshulme Language Day – 24th October 2015

languageday-150x150Levenshulme Language Day is an event organised to celebrate the rich linguistic and cultural diversity found in Levenshulme, Manchester, and its surrounding area. The event will be held on Saturday 24th October 2015, and activities will take place at Levenshulme Inspire, The Klondyke Club and Levenshulme Market.

Local residents, visitors, market traders and businesses are invited to participate in this event for all ages, with games for children, language taster sessions, performances, live music, international films and food, as well as the chance to explore the work of local supplementary schools and community organisations – and much more!

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New student reports online

240px-Greater_Manchester_UK_location_map_2.svg_-150x150Visit our archive to have a look at the latest student reports we have recently uploaded. The reports include studies about Manchester’s linguistic landscape, recent results from our School Language Survey, research into language choice and maintenance in bilingual families and much more.