Embracing Linguistic Diversity


This satellite aims to enable a better understanding of what linguistic diversity is, and of the implicit biases rooted in linguistic differences: often without realising it, we judge others based on how we interpret their speech, e.g., their accent, their use of regional language traits, their choice of vocabulary, etc.  

Our work party overlaps with that of other Language@Leeds satellites Language and SocietyLanguage and Culture, Pedagogical Linguistics, Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching and Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures, and Ecosystems (CELCE).

Image: Language Portraits (Busch, 2018; KustersMeulder, 2019).

Embracing Linguistic Diversity

This satellite brings together researchers and scholars from: 

  • The Language Centre (LC): Milena Marinkova (Language Centre Academic Lead for Inclusive Practice), Helen Sadig  (LC Director of Student Education), Niamh Mullen (Senior Teaching Fellow/Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes), Kashmir Kaur (Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes), Carolyn Edwards (Teaching Fellow), Deak Kirkham.

We’re essentially a working group developing a series of initiatives to celebrate linguistic diversity and minimise language-based prejudices and disadvantages, starting from our University context. We’re particularly interested in how linguistic diversity can be incorporated into the language classroom to raise awareness of linguistic and cultural differences and help students improve their comprehension of different varieties of the target language.

Our current projects include: 

The satellite is led by Gise Tomé Lourido and Milena Marinkova.  Please email them if you would like to join or collaborate with the satellite.

Events and news from this satellite

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Accented Racism at Work Invited talk by Dr Vijay Ramjattan (University of Toronto) Discussions about accent and racism in the...


A live talk followed by a Q and A session investigating accent bias in the workplace. Accent is one of...


Linguistic diversity can be the source of implicit bias: often without realising it, we judge others based on how we...