Bristolian: event at the M-Shed

by Jeanette Sakel

Two days ago I ran a workshop for A-level students interested in language at the lovely M-Shed in town – together with Nils Langer and some of his colleagues from the ‘other’ university 🙂

Five amazing students were there, too! Thank you, Jens, Chantal, Suzie, Antonia and Josh!

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The event was featuring Peter Trudgill as the plenary speaker (now we all know that we’ll have to keep speaking Bristolian!).

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There were 4 workshops on different themes relating to the language(s) of Bristol. Our workshop was about some of the other languages spoken in Bristol – featuring Somali, Polish and German – all in relation to code-switching with English (and even including some information on bilingual first language acquisition). The students had a lot of opportunity to explore the data themselves, and to find their own conclusions as to why bilingual speakers code-switch. And of course they had lots of enlightening discussions with our students as well! Altogether a highly successful day – I’m looking forward to running a similar event again next year!

All photos are taken by Nils Langer and his team (the few snapshots I’ve got are nowhere near as nice!)

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