Dr. Matthew Ciscel

Professor

English

Contact Information

Willard-DiLoreto Hall W 401-07

Phone: 860-832-2749

Email: CiscelM@ccsu.edu

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Dr. Ciscel's Top Ten Multilingual Cities (where I've lived or at least visited several times):

 

  1. Memphis, Tennessee, USA (https://choose901.com/): Okay, not a very multilingual city, but I grew up there. And if we count multi-dialectalism as multilingualism (which we should), then Memphis is really cooking!

 

  1. Berlin, Germany (https://www.visitberlin.de/en): Wow, what a great city! The best of East and West. In addition to German, one hears tons of English, Turkish, Russian, Polish, and numerous other languages wandering the cosmopolitan streets of this great city.

 

  1. Edinburgh, Scotland (http://edinburgh.org/): A fine mix of languages that one might find in any major British city along with a wonderful atmosphere and a university with top notch programs in multilingual studies. Plus, the local dialect of English is gentle on the ear.

 

  1. Chicago, Illinois, USA (https://www.choosechicago.com/): The diversity of New York, without as much of the hustle and hassle. Yeah, that's right. They got German, Polish, Spanish, Mandarin, and scores of other major immigrant language communities in the many neighborhoods and suburbs.  Windy.  Next time I'm headed there, I'll invite you to come with.

 

  1. Sibiu, Romania (http://www.turism.sibiu.ro/index.php/en): Old Europe at its best. The city was called Hermannstadt by the German speaking minority who dominated the city until after World War II. Nearby are also sizeable minorities of Hungarian and Romani speakers.

 

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (http://www.neworleansonline.com/): No intro needed for NOLA, aka Naw-lins. A vibrant mix of the Cajun, the Caribbean, and the paradoxes of the Deep South, together with an urban vibe that includes as much multilingualism as any port city in the world. Three other great port cities with diverse linguistic roots that didn't quite make the list (because I've visited them less often) are Barcelona (Catalunya), Odessa (Ukraina), and Hamburg (Deutschland).

 

  1. Montreal, Quebec, Canada (https://www.mtl.org/en): Now look here, my CT people, NYC and Boston may be closer, but Montreal is only a few hours' drive away and sports a much more balanced multilingual experience. And it's not just French and English, there are vibrant First Nation languages and many other immigrant languages as well.

 

  1. Austin, Texas, USA (https://www.austintexas.org/): Despite its temporary inclusion in the United States, Texas is hugely multilingual as a territory where Spanish and English colonies overlapped. Austin has grown into a huge city in recent decades, accompanied by huge city diversity. Also, one can find German and Czech minorities in the hill country outside the city.

 

  1. Hartford, Connecticut, USA (https://hartford.com/): Linguistic diversity? Hartford has it. And there is another city named New Britain nearby that also has some impressive linguistic minorities.  I think there might be one or two other diverse cities in the state, but I can't remember the names of any of them.

 

  1. Chisinau, Moldova (http://www.travel.md/): Okay, not the largest or most diverse city in the world. But Dr. Ciscel's research has been centered around this city for a long time, so the Romanian-Russian bilingualism here had to take the top spot on this list, didn't it?