What language do Londoners speak?

What are the top 3 languages spoken in London?

London’s top 10 most spoken foreign languages

  • Bengali – 71,609 speakers.
  • Polish – 48,585 speakers.
  • Turkish – 45,117 speakers.
  • Gujarati – 43,868 speakers.
  • Panjabi – 22,108 speakers.
  • Urdu – 18,127 speakers.
  • French – 13,013 speakers.
  • Arabic – 11,971 speakers.

Why is English not the official language of England?

England is in a unique — and some have argued disadvantageous — situation. Though by far the biggest nation within the United Kingdom, it has no parliament. It therefore does not have an official language.

What are the 300 languages spoken in London?

Over 300 languages are currently spoken in London schools. Some of the most established of these are Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Hokkien. The question of how we should choose to communicate in a multilingual world is a complex one, and highlights the huge political significance of language.

Why are Londoners called Cockneys?

The word Cockney has had a pejorative connotation, originally deriving from cokenay, or cokeney, a late Middle English word of the 14th century that meant, literally, “cocks’ egg” (i.e., a small or defective egg, imagined to come from a rooster—which, of course, cannot produce eggs).

Is the Cockney accent dying out?

The Cockney accent will disappear from London’s streets within 30 years, according to new research. A study by Paul Kerswill, Professor of Sociolinguistics at Lancaster University shows the Cockney accent will move further east. … “It will be gone within 30 years,” says Prof Kerswill.

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