Grant winners - 2 May 2013

May 2, 2013

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Developing super-resolution microscopy for the analysis of virus replication

Oscillations of sessile droplets

Investigating chaperone-usher pili for assembling new biosynthetic materials

Exploring stochastic thermodynamics with optical traps

Social sciences

Group modulation of perception

Stories of subsistence: people and coast over the past 6,000 years in the Limfjord, Denmark


National Institute for Health Research

Health Technology Assessment Programme

Real-time refinement and validation of criteria and tools used in primary care to aid hospital referral decisions for patients of all ages in the event of surge in an influenza pandemic

What CEA level should trigger further investigation during follow-up after curative treatment for colorectal cancer?


Action Medical Research

Research Project Grants

MRSA and C. difficile infections: developing new antibiotics from maggot secretions


In detail

Friederike Lüpke, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Research Leadership Award: Humanities

Award winner: Friederike Lüpke
Institution: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Value: £999,631

Crossroads: investigating the unexplored side of multilingualism

This project will investigate multilingual language use in the social networks of inhabitants of three villages in the Casamance area of Senegal. In each of the villages, a different language nominally dominates; but in reality, the inhabitants of the region are all multilingual and speak between five and 10 languages in different contexts and with different interlocutors. Out of these languages, the team will focus on three - Baïnounk Gubëeher, Joola Kujirerai and Joola Eegimaa. The speakers of these small minority languages interact regularly and are often linked through kinship and marriage.

“There has been groundbreaking sociolinguistic research on multilingualism, but very little of it has focused on rural settings - multilingualism is mainly described for urban settings, often in contexts of migration and globalisation,” says Friederike Lüpke, senior lecturer in language documentation and description at Soas, University of London.

“We aim to look at multilingual practice by investigating its social and interactional character and by analysing its structural and cognitive dimensions,” she adds. “We want to understand what motivates the choice of a specific language in a given situation.”

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