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EiE Case Study and Public Engagement

English in London: Opportunity or Threat?

The Greek-Cypriot Community of London

The project commenced in 2012 (ethnographic fieldwork since 2011) and is an ongoing project examining issues such as the role of English and Greek in the Greek-Cypriot community of London. It focuses on providing a current sociolinguistic profile of the community by looking at contact-induced change in the Cypriot-Greek of the London Greek Cypriots, but also by examining the role and outlook of the speakers towards English, Cypriot Greek and Standard Greek. In doing so, the idea is not only to see how language maintenance and shift is realised in practice in an overwhelmingly minority, extra-territorial situation, but also to examine how this intense contact with English has resulted in contact-induced change manifest in the use of Cypriot-Greek.

Investigator: Dr. Chryso Hadjidemetriou (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Centre for Linguistic Reserach
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
University of Sheffield
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA
email: c.hadjidemetriou@sheffield.ac.uk