CILT author John Eversley took part in a
discussion on BBC London this week celebrating the great variety of
community languages spoken in the capital.
The discussion on Wednesday began with a
caller who was hoping to learn Fante – part of the Akan family of
languages – so that he could speak to his Ghanaian grandfather.
This led to a lively conversation between presenter Robert Elms and
guest John Eversley about the 233 languages spoken by London’s
Eversley, co-author of Language
Capital, described how his new book maps the languages spoken
in London schools:
“We think it’s a fantastic story about the
richness of London’s languages, who speaks them where and what we
can do with it.... It’s really important that we’ve got this
variety and we need to protect it.”
BBC London presenter Robert Elms was extremely
enthusiastic about the topic, inviting John to come back another
day to speak more about it. He said “I remember having a discussion
with someone about this school in London where everyone spoke
different languages and I said, What a fantastic resource!”
To listen to the whole discussion, go to the
BBC London website and skip to 2.12.00.