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Underground overground: Take a journey through languages spoken above London’s Victoria Line
Source: BBC
Published: 7 Oct 2015

According to BBC, London, with its eight million inhabitants, is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world with over 100 languages in use across the city.  In this article, you can view short video clips of London residents’ opinions on their second language be it French, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Bengali or Portuguese.

There is also an interesting virtual reality video of a Tube train along the Victoria Line with a soundtrack that records snippetsof the different languages you would encounter as you take the train.

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Further research at the Library

If you are looking for more materials on language contact and second language acquisition, use the “Search all” function in the Library’s catalogue with the keywords: london and dialect and multiculturalism.

Some Subject Terms in the above library’s OneSearch record would include the following:  multiculturalism, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition.  An example of a subscribed full text article found would be:

Cheshire, J., Kerswill, P., Fox, S., & Torgersen, E. (2011). Contact, the feature pool and the speech community: The emergence of Multicultural London English. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 15(2), 151-196. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9841.2011.00478.x

If you have more queries, contact your librarian at omwong@ntu.edu.sg