London has long been considered by linguists as a motor of change in the English language in Britain. The investigators’ ESRC-funded studies from the early 90s to 2007 show that, while there is widespread ‘levelling’ in the south-east, leading to greater uniformity in accent and grammar, there are new, largely minority ethnic-based changes emerging in inner-city London. The present project investigates whether and how young children acquire these new features, how they are maintained or accentuated in adolescence, and whether they are maintained in adulthood. If they are, this will have consequences for the development of spoken English in Britain. The research asks: Are there different ‘ethnic’ Englishes in London, or is the new variety, dubbed ‘Multicultural London English’ (MLE), relatively uniform across ethnicities, including ‘Anglos’? Do Londoners change their speech across the lifespan? What features enter into MLE, and which don’t? Do Londoners detect any ethnic affiliation for the features? Are there rhythmic differences in the speech of Londoners? The project will record, mainly in pairs, at least 112 people from the northern inner city, ages ranging from 4 to 40 and the ethnic balance reflecting the local population. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses will be performed.



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Multiethnolects and English Corpus Linguistics

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013 Presentation/lecture

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Linguistic innovation and change in multilingual urban contexts

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 Presentation/lecture

Adolescents as linguistic innovators : dialect contact and language contact in present-day London

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Friday, September 16, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Linguistic innovation and change in multilingual urban contexts

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Monday, September 12, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Language contact and language change in European cities

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Variation and change in quotative verbs in London English

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Monday, June 20, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Shifting identities : children of immigrants in modern urban settings

Author: Susan Fox Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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From London Jamaican to British youth language : the transformation of a Caribbean post-creole repertoire into a new multicultural London English

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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How data from sociolinguistic studies can be used in materials for schools and colleges

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Presentation/lecture

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What can we glean about language variation from a sociolinguistic interview?

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Presentation/lecture

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Supralocalisation equals deracination; innovation equals striking new roots

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Presentation/lecture

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Contact, the feature pool and the speech community : the emergence of multicultural London English

Speaker: Paul Kerswill Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Presentation/lecture

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A study of rhythm in London : is syllable-timing a feature of multicultural London English?

Author: Eivind Torgersen Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Presentation/lecture

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Youth languages in Africa and Europe : linguistic subversion or emerging vernaculars?

Speaker: Paul Kerswill Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Presentation/lecture

Multicultural London English

Speaker: Paul Kerswill Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Presentation/lecture

Mind your slanguage

Interviewee: Paul Kerswill Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 Audio/video recording

Contact, the feature pool and the speech community : the emergence of multicultural London English

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Friday, April 1, 2011 Journal article

Contact, the feature pool and the speech community : the emergence of multicultural London English

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Friday, April 1, 2011 Journal article

A study of rhythm in London : is syllable-timing a feature of multicultural London English?

Author: Eivind Torgersen Date: Saturday, January 1, 2011 Working paper

The English slanguage

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Saturday, July 3, 2010 Newspaper

Supralocalisation equals deracination : innovation equals striking new roots

Creator: Paul Kerswill Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 Seminar/workshop

Multikulturell engelsk i London - framvekst, tilegnelse og spredning av en ny varietet

Creator: Paul Kerswill Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 Presentation/lecture

The African diaspora and London English

Creator: Paul Kerswill Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 Presentation/lecture

Where are English accents heading? : the familiar – and the strange

Creator: Paul Kerswill Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 Presentation/lecture

Multiracial vernacular in London : age-grading or language change?

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Friday, January 8, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
Sunday, September 30, 2007
End date
Friday, December 31, 2010
Grant holder
Professor Paul Kerswill
Co-applicants
Professor Jennifer Cheshire
Grant amount
$600,547.04
Grant reference
RES-062-23-0814
Discipline
Linguistics (General)
Linguistics
Grant type