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Social Anthropology

Amelia Abercrombie

My research focuses on constructions of home among multilingual Roma in Prizren, Kosovo.

Four languages are generally spoken in Prizren, three officially (Albanian, Serbian/Bosnian, and Turkish) as well as Romani unofficially. Due to traditional ethnic hierarchies, Roma tend to be the most multilingual, speaking all four of these languages. Prizren is of particular interest in that despite the war, which has meant that many areas are now mono-ethnic and monolingual, it has remained relatively mixed.

My work is situated between social anthropology and linguistics, and I intend to looks at patterns of speech and language use in multilingual contexts. In particular my research will focus on constructions of home and belonging in relation the use of different languages.  This will involve addressing the contextual nature of language use and language choice.