On the 2nd and 3rd of June, Strand 3 of the MEITS project hosted a conference workshop in the University of Southampton, organised by Prof. Clare Mar-Molinero, on ‘Researching Language in the City: Exploring methodological and theoretical concepts’.
During the conference, presentations from strand 2 and 3 of the MEITS project explored perceptions of speech varieties in the urban contexts of Luxembourg and France. James Simpson and Jessica Bradley presented their ethnographic research that formed part of the AHRC funded TLang project, and presentations from Multilingual Manchester and Naomi Wells resulted in a productive discussion regarding the nature of conducting sociolinguistic and ethnographic research in different settings.
Patrick Stevenson, University of Southampton, presented an overview of his research on the changing cityscape of Berlin and those who live there, while Darren Paffey, also of the University of Southampton, introduced his Linguistic Landscape research on Hispanic communities in London.
Dr. Andrew Lynch, of the University of Miami provided a detailed overview of the multilingual nature of the city of Miami, and the complexities of researching language in global cities.
This successful and stimulating event brought together researchers from across the OWRI projects and established new collaborative opportunities.