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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A perceptual study of friendship networks in London

Author: Eivind Torgersen Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

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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

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

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

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

Age-grading and vowel systems in multicultural London English : evidence for regularity and incrementation in high-contact speech communities

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

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

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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

Dialect contact vs. second language acquisition : developments in the relative marker system

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 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

Innovation in London is not equal to levelling in south-east England

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Investigating language and ethnicity in London : production and perception data

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

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Investigating language and ethnicity in London : production and perception data

Author: Eivind Torgersen Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Language contact and language change in European cities

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

Levelling and innovation in Britain : contact and isolation

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

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Linguistic innovation and change in multilingual urban contexts

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

Linguistic innovation and change in multilingual urban contexts

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

Mind your slanguage

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

Mind your slanguage

person involved: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Audio/video recording

Multicultural London English

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

Multicultural London English : the emergence, acquisition and diffusion of a new variety

Creator: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Seminar/workshop

Multicultural London English and linguistic innovation

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Multicultural youth speech as the source of innovation in London English

Author: Jenny Cheshire Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Multiethnic varieties as a source of language change

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, January 6, 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