Polish ambassador helps to launch new Multilingual Manchester project

His Excellency, Arkady Rzegocki, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, has visited The University of Manchester to help launch a new project that will work closely with Polish schools in the city. He said: “Initiatives such as Multilingual Manchester are pivotal in building bridges between Poles and the wider Mancunian community.” Read more on the Ambassador’s visit here.

The Dialects of Kurdish: Archive launch event

We are hosting a community event to launch the online archive of data collected by The Dialects of Kurdish Project. We will demonstrate the website and data archive, hear from people who took part in the project, and enjoy food and music.

Everyone is welcome to attend! Please find full details below. (more…)

Event: ‘Manchester Talks Many Languages’

Multilingual Manchester is hosting an event to celebrate International Mother Language Day. ‘Manchester Talks Many Languages’ will take place on 21 February 2017, 5.30 – 7pm, at Central Library. For further details, see the invitation below.

We would be delighted if you could join us there. To register, please email charlotte.jones@manchester.ac.uk.

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New support platform for Manchester’s community supplementary schools

A new Supplementary School Support Platform launched by Multilingual Manchester will assist Manchester’s community-run weekend schools that teach languages such as Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, and others. The initiative will encourage university staff and students to get involved with local supplementary schools and help in the development of audio-visual resources and learning kits as well as training. It will also help encourage parents and pupils to cultivate home languages as a valuable skill. The initiative is partly funded by a large grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its new Open World Research Initiative.

For further details please contact mlm@manchester.ac.uk. For information on Manchester’s supplementary schools see our report from 2015.

New MLM report on Manchester’s linguistic landscapes

lsscreenshotOur report on Manchester’s linguistic landscapes is now available. Based on data collection and analysis carried out with the pioneering LinguaSnapp app, we discuss how multilingual signage contributes to the spatial construction of civic identities. The full report is available to read here: http://mlm.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ManchesterLinguisticLandscapes.pdf

You can read more about the research here: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/diverse-language-landscape/