Supporting Manchester's language communities: Language endangerment and maintenance
|Dates:||19 October 2022|
|Times:||17:30 - 19:00|
|What is it:||Evening event|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
The Linguistic Diversity Collective and Creative Manchester present 'Supporting Manchester's language communities', a panel discussion and Q&A on language endangerment and maintenance.
Our city is one of great linguistic diversity, with over 150 languages spoken in Greater Manchester. Language loss not only has an impact on linguistic diversity but also on cultural identity. When a language disappears, a significant part of human environmental knowledge and experience is lost. Language maintenance contributes to preserving such knowledge and cultural identity.
In this panel we will discuss key themes relating to the endangerment and maintenance of languages from a range of perspectives. We will discuss the importance of multilingualism and intergenerational transmission among different communities in Manchester. We will address questions including the following:
• How do languages die?
• What is lost when a language dies and why should we care?
• How can languages be maintained in traditional and in urban contexts such as Manchester?
• What is the impact of multilingualism on language endangerment and language maintenance?
Chair: Dr Serge Sagna (University of Manchester)
Professor Julia Sallabank (SOAS)
John Claughton (WoLLoW initiative)
John Wilson (WoLLoW and Head of Modern Languages at Cheadle Hulme School)
Munira Alsusa (Headteacher at Manchester Arabic School)
This event is free and open to the public. Alongside the panel and Q&A, in-person attendees will receive a 'Linguistic Diversity Collective' goodie bag, will be welcomed with a wine/beer/soft drink reception and will have the opportunity to take part in language activity stalls. Online only attendees will be able to watch the panel discussion and take part in the Q&A.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-manchesters-language-communities-tickets-407320335087
Travel and Contact Information
Penthouse event space
Alliance Manchester Business School
Booth Street West