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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


Abhimanyu Sharma is Teaching Associate in German Linguistics at Cambridge. He graduated with a PhD in linguistics from the University of Cambridge in 2019. His doctoral thesis was on language policies of the EU and India. He worked as Assistant Professor in German Linguistics at JNU, New Delhi from 2019 to 2022. Prior to his PhD, he did an MA in German Linguistics from the University of Bern and a double degree MA from Bremen and Palermo in Medieval German Literature.

His research focuses on language policy, multilingualism, sociolinguistics and German Studies.

 He is also the Communications Secretary of BAAL’s Language Policy Special Interest Group.


Key publications: 

Sharma, A. (2022). Reconceptualising Power in Language Policy. Evidence from Comparative Cases. Springer (Language Policy Series, Vol. 30). 


Sharma, A. 2023. 'DaF, COVID-19 and newer technologies: Experiences from an Indian University’, in Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German. DOI: 

Sarangi, A. & Sharma, A. 2022. 'Language Policy and Federalism in Independent India', in Forum of Federations, Occasional Paper Series No. 58.  

Sharma, A. 2021. ‘Whither the Irish Language Act? Language Policies in Northern Ireland’, in Current Issues in Language Planning, 22(3), 308-327.

Sharma, A. 2020. ‘Power, Ideology and Language Policies in Scotland’, in European Journal of Language Policy, 12(2), 163-191.

Sharma, A. 2020. ‘English as a Facilitator of Social Mobility in India’, in English Today

Sharma, A. 2018: 'Migration, Language Policies, and Language Rights in Luxembourg', in: Actas Universitatis Sapientiae: European and Regional Studies (de Gruyter open access), Vol. 13: 87-104.

Sharma, A. 2015: 'Language Conflicts, Dominance and Linguistic Minorities in India', in: Schrammel-Leber, Barbara & Korb, Christina (eds.): Dominated Languages in the 21st Century: Papers from the International Conference on Minority Languages XIV (Graz: Grazer Linguistische Monographien), 38-51. 

Teaching Associate



What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.