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
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
- Themistocleous, C. (2019) Conflict and unification in the multilingual landscape of a divided city: the case of Nicosia's border. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 40 (2). pp. 94-114. ISSN 1747-7557 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2018.1467425
- Jaworska, S. and Themistocleous, C. (2018) Public discourses on multilingualism in the UK: triangulating a corpus study with a sociolinguistic attitude survey. Language in Society, 47 (1). pp. 57-88. ISSN 0047-4045 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404517000744
- Themistocleous, C. (2015) Digital code-switching between Cypriot and Standard Greek: performance and identity play online. International Journal of Bilingualism, 19 (3). pp. 282-297. ISSN 1756-6878 doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006913512727
- Sophocleous, A. and Themistocleous, C. (2014) Projecting social and discursive identities through code-switching on facebook: the case of Greek Cypriots. Language@Internet, 11. article 5. ISSN 1860-2029
- Themistocleous, C. (2011) The use of Cypriot Greek in synchronous computer-mediated communication: first findings. In: Actes du 30e Colloque International de Linguistique Fonctionnelle, Cyprus.
- Themistocleous, C. (2010) Linguistic innovations in IRC: Cypriot-Greek phonological features. In: Jorgensen, J. N. (ed.) Vallah, Gurkensalat 4U & me! Current perspectives in the study of youth language. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 113-129. ISBN 9783631601433
- Themistocleous, C. (2010) Online orthographies. In: Taiwo, R. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Discourse Behaviour and Digital Communication: Language Structures and Social Interaction. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 318-334. ISBN 9781615207732
- Themistocleous, C. (2010) Writing in a non-standard Greek variety: Romanized Cypriot Greek in online chat. Writing Systems Research, 2 (2). pp. 155-168. ISSN 1758-6801 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/wsr/wsq008
- Themistocleous, C. (2009) Written Cypriot Greek in online chat: Usage and attitudes. In: 8th International Conference on Greek Linguistics, 30 August - 2 September 2007, Ioannina, Greece, pp. 473-488.
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.