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Language and the City

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Matthew Hunt
Academic year

Module overview

One of the socially and culturally most significant consequences of transnational mobility is that urban populations in particular are increasingly multilingual: in global cities such as London, New York and Berlin there are speakers of hundreds of different languages. The encounters between these many languages and their speakers result in new linguistic practices and behaviours (both in face to face interaction and in all forms of mediated language use), new experiences with language, and multiple visual impacts on the physical environment. This module considers ways in which different patterns of language use impact on life in the contemporary city and encourages you to investigate them for yourself.