LinguaSnapp launched!

Posted on February 26, 2016 by

The Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Sue Murphy, joined the University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, on 23rd February to launch LinguaSnapp – Multilingual Manchester’s brand new mobile app.

An audience of University colleagues and external stakeholders heard speeches celebrating the city’s diversity from Professor Dame Rothwell and Councillor Murphy, and watched a demonstration of the app. Professor Steve Hutchings, Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, and Professor Yaron Matras, academic lead on Multilingual Manchester, also spoke about the unique project, which is the first teaching and research app to be developed by the University’s IT Services.

LinguaSnapp is designed to capture Manchester’s linguistic landscape. Members of the public and student groups will use the app to take photos of multilingual signs, and plot them on an interactive map alongside additional information on language, context, and analysis of the sign.

The Multilingual Manchester team hope that more detailed information on the city’s multilingual hotspots will help to inform service provision and economic planning, and encourage public engagement around language diversity.

LinguaSnapp is available for free download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, and the map can be viewed at:

Featured image: from left to right: Alex Robertson, Steve Hutchings, Sue Murphy, Nancy Rothwell and Yaron Matras. All photos courtesy of the Multilingual Manchester team.