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Funding boost for groundbreaking gaelic dictionary

Feature | 26 July 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The faclair na gã idhlig (dictionary of the scottish gaelic language) which is part-funded by the esrc, has now been given a boost by a â£2 million funding package from the scottish funding council (sfc). The dictionary will fully document the histor ...

Teaching complex language through storytelling

Feature | 29 April 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

A pioneering esrc study by linguistics researchers has shown that 'story time' in primary schools can be used as a subtle way to introduce complex language structures to young children.

New online tool for language researchers

Feature | 23 April 2013 | Academic, Press/media

The new instruments for research into second language learning (iris) database allows any language researcher to upload and download materials free of charge.

Muslim communities successfully integrating

Feature | 11 April 2013 | General public, International, Partnerships, Press/media, Schools

Muslim ethnic minority communities have been integrating into british and german cities for some time, according to research presented at the norface migration conference at university college london this week.

Changing signs for the queen's speech

Feature | 06 May 2011 | Academic, General public, Press/media, Schools

Research shows that deaf translation of the queen's speeach has changed over the last decades, from sign supported english to an emerging 'received pronunciation' of british sign langauge.

Case Studies

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Improving literacy with grammar methods

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

A decade of research into the development of writing in school-aged children led by professor debra myhill has shaped national and international policy, improved children's writing abilities and changed classroom practice.

Press Releases

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Language diversity will make london a true global player

Press Release | 10 May 2012 | Academic, Business, Further education, General public, Higher education, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Understanding linguistic diversity among london’s schoolchildren is key for the city’s future as a ‘global player’, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)

Experiences of migrant children: at home abroad

Press Release | 09 May 2012 | Academic, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

Schools, local councils and professionals need better guidance and training to work with migrant families from eastern europe and their children, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

What we mean when we ask for the milk

Press Release | 13 February 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

New research into the different ways that english and polish people use language in everyday family situations can help members of each community to understand each other better and avoid cultural misunderstandings.

Hearing is not all down to your ears

Press Release | 18 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

A fascinating event looking at sign language research is to be held at university college london on 20 march as part of the economic and social research council's (esrc) festival of social science (21-21 march).

The role of baby-sign in child development

Press Release | 09 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

The event 'communicating with your baby' has been organised by professor karen pine from the university of hertfordshire. Members of her team, neil howlett and dr liz kirk, will be sharing their findings on 'baby-sign'- a form of non-verbal communica ...

Mum's the word: the secret to building children's social skills

Press Release | 13 May 2009 | General public, Press/media

The way that mothers talk to their children when they are young has a lasting effect on children's social skills, according to a research study funded by the economic and social research council.

Multilingualism brings communities closer together

Press Release | 10 February 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Learning their community language outside the home enhances minority ethnic children's development, according to research led from the university of birmingham.


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Examining the emotional impact of verbal irony

Dr Ruth Filik | Cognitive Psychology | 06 January 2014

People often use ironic language in everyday conversation. For example, if someone does something stupid, their friend may make the comment, “that was clever!”, which on the surface of it, is the opposite of what they actually mean. Given ...

Twitter rape threats and the discourse of online misogyny

Dr Claire Hardaker | 01 December 2013

In july 2013, caroline criado-perez successfully campaigned to have a woman appear on an english banknote, and was subsequently inundated with misogynistic abuse on twitter. Over the next few days, this escalated into death and bomb threats sent to s ...

Administrative data research centre - scotland

Dr Christopher Dibben | 01 November 2013

The administrative data research centre (adrc) - scotland aims to make research and make available de-identified administrative data to the research community. The adrc will have a core service that will: provide state-of-the-art facilities for rese ...

Motor contributions to the perception of facial expressions

Dr Richard Cook | Psychology | 01 November 2013

This project seeks to understand the psychological mechanisms that allow us to interpret the facial expressions of others. Facial expressions provide a wealth of information about our social environment, making accurate perception essential. Converge ...

Administrative data service

Ms Melanie Wright | 01 October 2013

Access to administrative data for research is a positive public good. The ability to use these records - collected in the course of business by governmental and other bodies - and to link them can greatly enhance the ability to do the research modern ...

The constitutional future of scotland and the united kingdom

Professor Michael Keating | 01 October 2013

This in an interdisciplinary programme examining the  options for scottish constitutional change, including independence, and their implications for the future of the uk and scotland. It will provide evidence to help inform voter understanding o ...


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Beyond multilingualism: heteroglossia in practice

Adrian Blackledge | 30 April 2014 | Linguistics (General) | Book chapter

Drawing on the latest developments in bilingual and multilingual research, the multilingual turn offers a critique of, and alternative to, still-dominant monolingual theories, pedagogies and practices in sla, tesol, and bilingual education. This chap ...

Multilingualism: a critical perspective

Adrian Blackledge | 30 April 2014 | Linguistics (General) | Book

The eleven chapter book takes a postmodern approach to report a three year linguistic ethnographic research study based in complementary schools in the uk.

Heteroglossia as practice and pedagogy

Adrian Blackledge | 30 April 2014 | Linguistics (General) | Book

This edited volume presents evidence about how we understand communication in changing times, and proposes that such understandings may contribute to the development of pedagogy for teaching and learning. It expands current debates on multilingualism ...

Voice and meaning-making in team ethnography

Angela Creese | 30 April 2014 | Linguistics (General) | Journal article

Drawing on research on complementary schools in the united kingdom, this article considers some of the issues in the research method used in studying this after-school community site. Processes of analysis employed by the ethnography team are disclos ...

Using student writing for business and engineering purposes

Sheena Gardner | 30 April 2014 | Seminar/workshop

This workshop was delivered as part of the summer institute on creative and discovery-based approaches to university undergraduate writing programmes, city university of hong kong. It suggested ways that teachers and learners of english for specific ...

Progress with interoperability

Hilary Nesi | 30 April 2014 | Seminar/workshop

Paper presented at the baal/cup seminar 'discourse and technology: tools, methods and application' discussing the role of corpus tools, and in particular the wordtree, in the analysis of discourse. All examples were taken from the bawe corpus.

Sikhs, muslims feel more british

Stephen Jivraj | 30 April 2014 | Newspaper

Article in hindustian times discussing results from 2011 census that show sikhs and muslims living in britain feel more british than christians and jews