The group’s work explores multilingual urban repertoires and their impact on the practices of individuals, communities and institutions, and seeks to raise awareness of language diversity through an ambitious programme of outreach and public engagement. Research will focus on the multilingual practices of the young generation Roma migrants originating from southeastern Romania, taking into account evidence of dialect formation through processes of dialect convergence, language use in social networks, the role of media and mobility and how language attitudes are negotiated with local institutions.
The group is coordinated by Senior Researcher Dr Evangelia Adamou and Professor Emeritus Yaron Matras. It is based at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the research unit Oral Tradition Languages and Civilizations in Paris. The group will employ a postdoctoral researcher starting in 2021.
Yaron MATRAS is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Manchester. His research interests include contact linguistics, urban multilingualism, typology, and language documentation. He has worked on dialects of Romani, German, Kurdish, and other languages, and is the founder of the Multilingual Manchester research unit. His publications include Romani: A linguistic introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Romani in Britain: The afterlife of a language (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), Language Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2009/2020) and A grammar of Domari (De Gruyter Mouton, 2012).
Dr Evangelia Adamou is Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research in France (CNRS). She specialises in the analysis of under-described languages with a focus on language contact and bilingualism, combining corpus and experimental methods. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Balkans (on Romani and Balkan Slavic) and in Mexico (on Romani and Ixcatec). Publications include papers in Language, Language in Society, and the International Journal of Bilingualism. Recent books are: The Adaptive Bilingual Mind (2021, Cambridge University Press), and the Routledge Handbook of Language Contact co-edited with Yaron Matras (2020, Routledge).