Yaron Matras is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester and leads the university's Multilingual Manchester research unit (http://mlm.humanities.manchester.ac.uk). His research specialisms include bilingualism and language policy, and varieties of Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Romani, and other languages. 

Yaron will be joined by two of his Phd students, Leonie Gaiser and Zainab Salloo, who work on Arabic and South Asian languages in Manchester, respectively. 

The languages of Manchester's Muslim population

Manchester is one of the UK's most linguistically diverse cities. The session introduces the languages of Manchester's Muslim populations, covering the languages' backgrounds such as country of origin, script, status and relations to other languages, their presence in Manchester's neighbourhoods, public spaces and institutions, as well as targeted language provisions.