Samantha Goodchild


I am a Research Assistant to Professor Ruth Swanwick in the School of Education, University of Leeds. I assist with data analysis and publications following on from the Signs beyond Borders project, where I worked with Professor Swanwick, Dr Elisabetta Adami and Dr James Simpson. We are investigating communication strategies in deaf and hearing interactions, currently concentrating on school contexts.

I have a BA (Hons) in Modern Language Studies from the University of Nottingham and hold an MA in Language Documentation and Description from SOAS, University of London. I am currently a 4th year PhD student at SOAS, University of London. My thesis concerns the practices and perceptions of multilingualism and sociolinguistic space in the Casamance, a highly multilingual area in Senegal, West Africa.

I am co-founder and co-director of Language Landscape, a not-for-profit company promoting the world's linguistic diversity through documentation on our website, academic engagement and outreach activities.


  • Research Assistant to Professor Ruth Swanwick

Research interests

I am interested in the sociolinguistics of multiingualism and in particular the relationship between language and place. I have a keen interest in language mapping, particularly with regards to multilingualism, and linguistic landscapes. Furthermore, my research interests concern how best to support minority and endangered languages and the maintenance of multilingual linguistic practices.

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  • MA Language Documentation and Description
  • BA (Hons) Modern Language Studies

Professional memberships

  • BAAL