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Ethnicity and Language


Our work on globalization, diaspora, ethnicity and migration connects the empirical analysis of language and discourse to contemporary cultural theory. This includes a series of funded projects on new ethnicities, schooling and urban culture; an inter-generational study of linguistic style and proficiency in a West London diaspora community; and a study text dedicated to ethnicities and language - The Language, Ethnicity and Race Reader.

London: Routledge (Harris & Rampton 2003). Our research is also closely connected  to ongoing work on Discourse, interaction & identity, Discourse communication & health, and Second/Foreign language teaching.


Staff Contributors

Constant LeungBen Rampton


Recent & current PhD students
  • Catherine Lewis
  • Annabel Tremlett – Representations of the Roma: Public Discourses and Local Practices (Completed 2008)
  • Constadina Charalambous (2009). Learning the Language of the ‘Other’: A linguistic ethnography of Turkish-language classes in a Greek-Cypriot school.
  • Cise Barisever. (2010) Making Sense of Ethnicities: Turkish Cypriot Young People in Turkish Complementary Schools in London.
  • Sophie Kelsall. Negotiating multiple identities: The language practices of adolescents from Spanish-speaking Latin American migrant families in London.
Research Projects
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