Jessica Hampton

Postgraduate Research Student


Before arriving at Liverpool, Jessica completed a BA English Language and Linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire and, more recently, a MA Linguistics at the University of Manchester where she was awarded a Master’s Bursary by the Philological Society. Outside of her studies, Jessica cultivates her interests in ecolinguistics by acting as Membership Officer and Book Reviews Editor for the International Ecolinguistics Association.

Research Interests

Thesis Title 

"Kiel povas Esperanto helpi aliajn minoritatajn lingvojn? Stám a veder! How can Esperanto help other minority languages? Let’s find out! A sociolinguistic enquiry into the vitality of Esperanto and Modenese.”

In her research, Jessica aims to survey the level of vitality of both Esperanto and Modenese. While the latter is a variety of the endangered Gallo-Italic language spoken in the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy, the former is a language developed in 1878 by Polish ophthalmologist Zamenhof. Although as a project Esperanto failed to fulfil its creator’s aspiration to become the new lingua franca, the vibrant Esperantist community now boasts a substantial number of members with, crucially, some speakers using Esperanto in caregiver-child interactions. A triangulation model was designed with the needs and peculiarities of the speech communities in mind and to collect data via the administration of a sociolinguistic questionnaire, using the diary for research method and by analysing found data on YouTube. The findings will try to shed light on issues around language ideology and how the active maintenance of Esperanto may help design new tools to maintain other minority languages. Ultimately, Jessica’s objective is to archive the data and make them accessible to whomever interested so that the records of both languages may serve myriads of scopes across a multitude of disciplines.

Research Funding

Buchanan Graduate Teaching Fellowship