SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Samantha Goodchild

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Goodchild Samantha - LIN - PHD - IMG 240 186  56
Crossroads - Investigating the unexplored side of multilingualism

UK-based research student

Name:
Samantha Goodchild
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Thesis title:
The role of gender in the maintenance of multilingual repertoires at the ‘linguistic crossroads’ of Brin, Djibonker and Mov Avvi, Casamance, Senegal.
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Biography

Samantha Goodchild studied for a BA in Modern Language Studies at the University of Nottingham and came to SOAS to study for an MA in Language Documentation and Description completed in 2012. Her dissertation focused on the use of Mauritian Creole in the UK. She is interested in multilingualism, sociolinguistics, language maintenance and revitalisation. She is one of the co-founders and co-directors of Language Landscape, an organisation which promotes linguistic diversity through their website and outreach projects with local schools.

Her research focus for the PhD is on the maintenance of multilingual repertoires in three ‘Crossroads’ villages of Brin, Djibonker and Essyl. She will be documenting multilingual practices in the region. Some of the languages spoken include French, Wolof, Baïnounk Gubëeher, Joola Kujireray, Joola Banjal, and a Portuguese-based creole, among others. Her research will focus on gender roles and analysing how these impact language use, with relation to social networks, and whether these multilingual language practices are maintained over time.

PhD Research

My research focus is on the maintenance of multilingual repertoires in the highly multilingual setting of Casamance, southern Senegal. Some of the languages spoken in the area include French, Wolof, Baïnounk languages, numerous Joola languages, and a Portuguese-based creole. I will be documenting multilingual practices in the region with a focus on gender relations and analysing how these impact language use with relation to social networks.

Affiliations

I am a co-founder and Co-director of Language Landscape, an organisation which promotes linguistic diversity and multilingualism through our website and successful outreach projects with local schools.