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The University of Southampton
International Summer School

Language in the City: Exploring Multilingualism in the Public Space

The arrival of people from various places around the world is changing the landscape of traditional city neighbourhoods in many ways.

Language in the City
Language in the City

Multilingualism in the public space is one such change. What does the presence of a variety of languages, in addition to the one locally spoken, indicate? What messages does the presence of these languages carry for the community in general? What are the reasons for using languages other than the local one?

This module invites students to explore and document, through photos and artefacts, the presence of languages other than English in the public spaces of our city. Southampton, as a relatively small city, is an interesting case study through which to reflect upon multilingualism and mobility (migration, tourism, study abroad, etc.) in a diverse range of other cities, such as London, Beijing, New York or Paris.

The academic organising this topic is Dr Adriana Patiño-Santos, Associate Professor in Modern Languagues and Linguistics

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