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Ruth is a sociolinguist who specialises in societal multilingualism and language contact. She is particularly interested in social identities, language attitudes, language practices, and language policy and planning. Her work focuses on both autochthonous and migrant minorities.
Ruth holds degrees from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (MA), the University of Durham (MA), and Queen Mary University of London (PhD). Before joining Mercator, she taught at a number of different colleges of the University of London (Queen Mary, SOAS, and Birkbeck) and was a research fellow at McGill University as well as working at the University of Birmingham and Liverpool Hope University.
Several of Ruth's previous projects have focused on social identities, language attitudes, language practices, and language policy and planning in the Canadian province of Quebec. She has also recently completed a collaborative research project (with Sue Fox, University of Bern) that investigated attitudinal and ideological issues surrounding Multicultural London English, a contact variety spoken in England's main metropolis. In addition to her work at Mercator, Ruth is currently involved in a collaborative project (with researchers from Concordia and McGill University) that focuses on the language attitudes and practices of Montreal-based parents who are raising their children multilingually.
- Kircher, Ruth and Sue Fox (2019) Attitudes towards Multicultural London English: Implications for attitude theory and language planning. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, online ahead of print:
- Kircher, Ruth (2016) Montreal’s multilingual migrants: Social identities and language attitudes after the proposition of the Quebec Charter of Values. In Vera Regan, Chloé Diskin and Jennifer Martyn (eds) Language, Identity and Migration: Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities. Bern: Peter Lang. pp. 217-247.
- Kircher, Ruth (2016) Language attitudes among adolescents in Montreal: Potential lessons for language planning in Quebec. Nottingham French Studies: UK Perspectives on Francophone Canada 55, 2: 239-259.
- Kircher, Ruth (2016) The matched-guise technique. In Zhu Hua (ed.) Research Methods in Intercultural Communication. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 196-211.
- Kircher, Ruth (2016) Review of Richard Y. Bourhis (ed.) (2012) Decline and Prospects of the English-Speaking Communities of Quebec. In English World-Wide 37, 3: 350-355.
- Kircher, Ruth (2014) Quebec’s shift from ethnic to civic national identity: Implications for language attitudes amongst immigrants in Montreal. In David Evans (ed.) Language and Identity: Discourse in the World. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 55-80.
- Kircher, Ruth (2014) Thirty years after Bill 101: A contemporary perspective on attitudes towards English and French in Montreal. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics 17, 1: 20-50.
- Kircher, Ruth (2012) Review of Michael A. Morris (ed.) (2010) Canadian Language Policies in Comparative Perspective. In British Journal of Canadian Studies 25, 2: 304-305.
- Kircher, Ruth (2012) How pluricentric is the French language? An investigation of attitudes towards Quebec French compared to European French. Journal of French Language Studies 22, 3: 345-370.