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:

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.


To find out more about the activities of the Westminster Forum for Language and Linguistics, please look at our blog, which is also home to the London Linguistics Calendar.

Upcoming events

Westminster Forum for Language and Linguistics annual lecture with Peter Trudgill

Date: 21 May 2020
Time: 5pm–6pm
Location: Regent Street Campus – University of Westminster

Full details will be released here shortly.

Past events

Westminster Forum for Language and Linguistics annual lecture: Hansard, Language and Politics: Churchill’s Tears, Disraeli’s Handkerchief and other Challenges
Date: 10 April 2019
Time: 5pm–6pm
Location: UG05, Regent Street Campus

The Second WITTA Congress and International Conference: The Future of Interpreting and Translation
Date: 13 October 2018 to 14 October 2018
Time: All day
Location: Regent Street Campus

Translaboration: Unleashing the Conceptual Potential of a New Investigative Category
Date: 10 May
Time: 9am-5.45pm
Location: RS 450, Regent Street Campus

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) presented examples of young people’s vernacular language in London and Paris and suggested explanations for the different outcomes of language contact in the two cities.

Date: 25 April 2018
Time: 5-6pm
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
Time: 5.30pm
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
Time: 6pm
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:

Semester One

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

Semester Two

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