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Department of Linguistics

Dr Julia Sallabank

PhD (Lancaster)


Julia Sallabank
Department of Linguistics

Senior Lecturer in Language Support and Revitalisation

Dr Julia Sallabank
Email address:
020 7898 4326
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Birgul Yilmaz,
  • Enh-Gerel Gibbons, Understanding connection and disconnection within the Mongolian ‘community’ in London through identity switching and their choice of language
  • Khadija Chennoufi-Gilkes, Insiders and Insider-Outsiders: A comparative discourse-network study of the Algerian and Moroccan Amazigh cultural movements via social media
  • Sarah Croome, Dressed to Kill? The Impact of Superficial Revitalization Measures on Language Vitality.
I am teaching four courses in the Department of Linguistics: Language, Society and Communication, and Language Planning and Policy in Term 1, and Language Support and Revitalization, and Applied Language Documentation and Description in Term


My main research interests are language revitalisation, language policy and planning, mainly from a sociolinguistic perspective. I am particularly interested in 'intellectualisation' of the field of language revitalisation, which is under-theorised.

I have become increasingly interested in literacy practices in endangered languages, and their implications for language policy. I am also interested in making links with other disciplines such as anthropology and human development.

Since 2000 I have been working with the endangered language community in Guernsey, Channel Islands, and have an Endangered Languages Documentation grant for documentation of the indigenous language, Guernesiais.


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Available for
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  • Radio
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  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Oceania
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Sallabank, Julia (2013) Endangered Languages: Attitudes, Identities and Policies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Austin, Peter K. and Sallabank, Julia, eds. (2014) Endangered Languages. Beliefs and Ideologies in Language Documentation and Revitalisation. London: British Academy. (Proceedings of the British Academy Vol. 199)

Austin, Peter and Sallabank, Julia, eds. (2013) Endangered Languages. Special issue of Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Vol 34. No. 4. Taylor & Francis.

Austin, Peter K. and Sallabank, Julia, eds. (2011) Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics)

Book Chapters

Marquis, Yan and Sallabank, Julia (2013) 'Speakers and language revitalisation: a case study of Guernesiais (Guernsey).' In: Jones, Mari C. and Ogilvie, Sarah, (eds.), Keeping Languages Alive: Documentation, Pedagogy, and Revitalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Sallabank, Julia (2012) 'Diversity and language policy for endangered languages.' In: Spolsky, Bernard, (ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics)

Sallabank, Julia (2012) 'From language documentation to language planning: not necessarily a direct route.' In: Seifart, Frank and Haig, Geoffrey and Himmelmann, Nikolaus and Jung, Dagmar and Margetts, Anna and Trilsbeek, Paul, (eds.), Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, pp. 118-125.

Sallabank, Julia (2006) 'Guernsey French, identity and language endangerment.' In: Omoniyi, Tope and White, Goodith, (eds.), The Sociolinguistics of Identity. London: Continuum, pp. 131-156. (Advances in Sociolinguistics)

Sallabank, Julia (2006) 'Prospects for Linguistic Diversity in Europe and Beyond: Views from a Small Island.' In: Leung, C. and Jenkins, J., (eds.), Reconfiguring Europe: The Contribution of Applied Linguistics. Equinox Publishing, pp. 41-63.


Austin, Peter and Sallabank, Julia (2013) 'Endangered Languages: An introduction.' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 34 (4). pp. 313-316.

Sallabank, Julia (2013) 'Can majority support save an endangered language? A case study of language attitudes in Guernsey.' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 34 (4). pp. 332-347.

Sallabank, Julia (2011) 'Norman languages of the Channel Islands: Current situation, language maintenance and revitalisation.' Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 5 (2). pp. 19-44.

Sallabank, Julia (2010) 'Endangered language maintenance and revitalisation: the role of social networks.' Anthropological Linguistics, 52 (3). pp. 184-205.

Sallabank, Julia (2010) 'Standardisation, prescription and polynomie: can Guernsey follow the Corsican model?' Current Issues in Language Planning, 11 . pp. 311-330.

Sallabank, Julia (2002) 'Writing in an Unwritten Language: The Case of Guernsey French.' Reading Working Papers in Linguistics, 6 . pp. 217-244.

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