Ruth Kircher is a researcher at the Mercator European Research Centre on
Multilingualism and Language Learning, which is part of the Fryske Akademy in
Leeuwarden (Netherlands). She is a sociolinguist who specialises in societal
multilingualism and language contact – with a particularly interest in language
attitudes and ideologies, social identities and stereotypes, and language policy and
As part of Melanie Röthlisberger’s BA seminar “Linguistic practices in
urban centres”, Dr Kircher will give a talk on Multicultural London English (MLE),
the multiethnolect spoken in England’s main metropolis. She will show how a corpusinformed
discourse study allows for differences to be discerned between MLE
speakers and non-MLE speakers with regard to ideological issues concerning MLE
itself as well as the stereotypes associated with its speakers.
Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 08:00-08:45
Room PLH-105 (Plattenstrasse 47, 8032 Zürich)
All interested students, members of staff, and other guests are cordially invited.