About the faculty
Westminster Forum for Language and Linguistics
The Westminster Forum for Language and Linguistics encompasses all the language and linguistic work that goes on in the different departments of the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Westminster. Areas include:
- Hub for Migration, Exile, Languages and Spaces (HOMELandS)
- Historical study of the English language
- Multilingualism (promoting linguistic diversity, including Cypriot Greek as a heritage (or, community) language in London and the UK and language contact)
- Language, gender and politics
- Translation studies
- Academic literacies and pedagogy for language learning
The Forum aims to bring together people working on language and linguistics in order to exchange ideas and approaches within the faculty, across the university and out into a community of staff, students, prospective students and the general public who are interested in language.
Annual lecture – Why ideology matters: Explaining multicultural London English and multicultural Paris French
In our annual lecture, Professor Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary, University of London) will present examples of young people’s vernacular language in London and Paris and suggest explanations for the different outcomes of language contact in the two cities.
Date: 25 April 2018
Location: Fyvie Hall, Regent Street Campus
Language and the Problem of Female Authority
This year’s lecture was given by Professor Deborah Cameron (Worcester College, Oxford) on Language and the Problem of Female Authority.
Date: 28 April 2017
Location: Fyvie Hall, Regent Street Campus.
Semantic Shift: what we do and still don't know
As part of a new series of professorial lectures in the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Professor Louise Sylvester gave a talk entitled Semantic Shift: what we do and still don't know.
Date: 17 May 2017
Location: UG05, Regent Street Campus.
Other past events at Westminster have included:
The Henry Sweet Society colloquium on 28 April 2017.
Past research seminar series
We hold a regular research seminar series that runs fortnightly through term time. The following seminars were all held in Wells Street 314, 32/38 Wells Street, London, W1T 3UW at 5pm:
Wednesday 4 October 2017
Tim Wharton, University of Brighton
Meaning: before and beyond
Wednesday 18 October 2017
Krzysztof Kredens, Aston University
Making sense of adversarial interpreting
Wednesday 1 November 2017
Lucy Jones, University of Nottingham
Subverting otherness & challenging ignorance: The discursive construction of legitimate identity in a transgender youth group
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Richard Ingham, University of Westminster
Postcolonial French in England? Examining the evidence from Anglo-Norman
Wednesday 29 November 2017
Francesco Goglia, University of Exeter
Multilingualism and language maintenance in the East Timorese diaspora in the UK and Australia
Wednesday 31 January 2018
Heather Pagan, University of Westminster
‘Troverez vous primes le fraunceis e puis le engleise’: Lexicography and the medieval multilingual text
Wednesday 14 February 2018
Uri Horesh, University of Essex
Language contact in Palestine: a (historical) sociolinguistic view
Wednesday 28 March 2018
Harry Parkin, University of Westminster
Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds, 1381–c1600