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Dr Christiana Themistocleous – University of Reading

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Dr Christiana Themistocleous

Dr Christiana Themistocleous
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Director for BA English Language and Linguistics; Departmental Director of Teaching and Learning.

Christiana teaches the following modules:

LS1ELS English Language in Society

LS2LAG Language and Gender

LS2SLG/LSMSO Sociolinguistics

Christiana currently supervises 2 PhD students.

Areas of Interest

Christiana's main interests fall within the area of sociolinguistics and multilingualism.

Her current research explores the presence of publicly visible multilingual signs in the urban settings of Reading (UK) and Nicosia (Cyprus). Using the Linguistic Landscape approach she investigates ideologies that relate to migration, conflict, tolerance and social cohesion. Also, using ethnographic approaches she explores how social actors experience and perceive multilingual landscapes. Christiana is also interested in the representation of multilingualism in the media, and how such representations have the potential to influence the general public's views towards this phenomenon. Christiana also explores multilingualism in digital media and using discourse analytic approaches she analyses social motivations of code-switching. Finally, she investigates how literacy practices developed online (e.g. linguistic innovation, use of non-standard orthographies, dialect writing, Romanisation) have the potential to influence language use within and beyond the domain of digital media.

Christiana has been successful in obtaining research grants from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP):

2017: Tolerance or exclusion?: Attitudes towards the multilingual Linguistic Landscape of Reading at the time of Brexit.

2016: Superdiversity and the Linguistic Landscape of Reading.

2014: Attitudes towards old and new myths on multilingualism.

2012: Documenting multilingualism in Reading's public services: An ethnographic study.

Research groups / Centres

  • Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism


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Other publications

Themistocleous, Christiana (in prep) Multilingual voices of unification in a UN-controlled buffer zone: An exploration of public signs in Nicosia's Green Line.

Themistocleous, Christiana (in prep) Attitudes towards the multilingual landscape of Reading.

Themistocleous, Christiana (in prep) Attitudes towards dialect writing in Cyprus: Greek alphabet vs. Roman characters.


PhD Linguistics (University of Manchester), MA Linguistics (University of Manchester), BA (Hons) English Language and French (Anglia Ruskin University), PGCAP (University of Reading) - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



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