Multicultural London English (MLE) as perceived by the press, on social media, and speakers themselves

Keywords: Multicultural London English, language attitudes, Cockney, teenagers' language, language contact, multiethnolect


This paper aims to contribute to the study of Multicultural London English (MLE) by focusing on the perceptions of MLE speakers of their own linguistic production and, also, by exploring the reactions and responses to this variety in the British press and on social media. The results indicate that most of the MLE speakers feel that they use a kind of slang. The majority of accounts found in the media depict MLE as foreign, associated with grime music and bad behaviour. Opinions garnered from social networks show more diverse views; while some reiterate the perceived negative aspects, others highlight its multicultural nature and uniqueness. The paper also suggests measures that could be adopted to change negative attitudes towards MLE.


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How to Cite
Palacios-Martínez, I. M. (2023). Multicultural London English (MLE) as perceived by the press, on social media, and speakers themselves. Research in Corpus Linguistics, 11(1), 116-146.