Linguistics - Database of London's Languages


UCL Database of London's Languages


London is a remarkably diverse linguistic city, with over 230 languages reportedly spoken by its inhabitants. This unique situation makes the capital’s speakers a valuable resource for linguistic research: it is often vital to have access to native speakers of the studied language in order to form and test hypotheses. A UCL Research Challenges 2008 grant awarded to Dr Kriszta Szendrői has enabled the Linguistics department to create a database of native speakers of different languages in London in order to make these languages accessible to researchers. Already, more than 500 native speakers have registered, between them representing over 100 languages.


Search for a Language

Database - go to this link to do a search
Are you a native speaker of one of the many languages spoken in London?
Are you a researcher looking for native speakers of a particular language?


"I live in London and studied Linguistics at UCL. With London being a meeting point for so many diverse and exciting cultures, the project is a superb idea."


We are looking for more native speakers,

particularly of the languages which we do

not yet have represented on the database.



Celebrating Linguistic Variety

Time: 10:45 - 14:45pm
Date: Tuesday 22nd September 2009

Location: Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF

Friederike Lupke (SOAS)
African languages in the context of language documentation and language endangerment.
Anna Siewierska (Lancaster)
Multiple passive constructions and the relationship between form and meaning.
Sandra Paoli (Oxford)
When the linguistics meets the extra-linguistics: reflections on Contrastiveness and Syntactic Theory.