Leverhulme Trust logoWelcome to the home of UrBEn-ID, an ethnographic linguistic research project being carried out at Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

UrBEn stands for Urban British English, reflecting the project’s aim to investigate ways in which young people in an urban environment use language in the construction, negotiation and performance of their identities.

We are looking at how identities are performed both within young people’s peer groups and in their interactions with adults in order to explore how meanings are communicated (or not) in different contexts. Working with educational organisations, the project will feed into current policies and practices of relevance to young people in Manchester, with a view to providing insights for a range of stakeholders and for the young people themselves.

MMU-logo-colourFor more details about the project, please see the project page and the people page. All areas of the site are continually being updated, with more information being added as the project progresses.

For all enquiries about the project, including media requests, please contact Rob Drummond at r.drummond@mmu.ac.uk.