Recognising our multilingual capital – celebrating our citizens’ many languages

Details: Upwards of 30% of young people in Britain’s major cities use multiple languages in their daily lives. Schools in major cities have more than 40 different languages represented among their pupils’ repertoires. Our cities often show more than 50 different languages on signs. Key service providers such as hospitals often respond to requests for interpreting in dozens of different languages each year. In this seminar, Yaron Matras, Professor of Linguistics, School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, University of Manchester and Bernardette Holmes MBE, Director Speak to the Future, together with multilingual young people from schools, universities and employment will discuss how to improve the status and recognise the value of all our citizens’ languages.