The app allows users to collect and upload images of signs in different languages to a digital archive that is accessible to the public.
It was developed by the Multilingual Manchester research unit and the University’s Research IT in 2016, and has since been used by researchers to map the use of different languages in Manchester and to inform planning and provisions in the commercial and public sectors.
Schools use the LinguaSnapp archive to raise pupils’ awareness of local communities, and of the city’s language and cultural diversity. Bespoke versions of the app have also been released for Jerusalem and Melbourne.
The Saint Petersburg edition has been produced with the Higher School for Economics, and is being launched at an international conference on the study of linguistic landscapes in multilingual cities.