Prof. Lydia Sciriha

Prof. Lydia Sciriha

Prof. Lydia Sciriha

 B.A.(Melit.),M.A.,Ph.D.(Victoria, Canada)


Room 345
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2306
Lydia Sciriha obtained her first degree in languages from the University of Malta in 1980. She subsequently followed postgraduate studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, where she was awarded her M.A. (1984) and Ph.D (1986) in linguistics.

Professor Sciriha has been teaching sociolinguistics, bilingualism, discourse analysis, varieties of English, research methods in linguistics and other related areas since 1987. For a number of years she was the Director of the University's Language Laboratory Complex and the editor of Humanitas, the Journal of the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Sciriha has also been the recipient of a number of awards which include the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship, the British Council Scholarship, the Marquis Scicluna Senior Fellowship and the Commonwealth Academic Fellowship and has taught in ten countries: Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Luxembourg.

Professor Sciriha is the author or co-author of eleven books and several papers in sociolinguistics in scientific journals.
In March 2015 she convened the first International Conference on Bilingualism in Malta – a conference that was attended by 200 delegates from 45 countries.
  • Bilingualism
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Varieties of English

Sciriha, L. 2018, "To what extent do the types of schools shape respondents' perceived usefulness and use of English in Bilingual Malta?", Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis Studia Anglica, vol. 8, pp. 7-20.

Sciriha, L. 2017, "The Visibility and Salience of Maltese in Bilngual Malta's Linguistic Landscape" in Advances in Maltese Linguistics, eds. B. Saade & M. Tosco, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, pp. 225-244.

Sciirha, L. 2016, "Italian as Malta's third language: Proficiency, Perceptions and Public Space Visibility" in International Perspectives on Bilingualism, ed. L. Sciriha, 1st edn, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, , pp. 239-258.

Sciriha, L. (ed) 2016, International Perspectives on Bilingualism, 1st edn, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sciriha, L. 2016, "Is English the de facto official language in Postcolonial Bilingual Malta?" in Crosscurrents in Postcolonial Memory and Literature, eds. S. Borg Barthet & I. Callus, Malta University Publishers, Malta, pp. 139-160.

Sciriha, L. & Vassallo, M. 2015, "Insular Malta: Self Expression of Linguistic Identity through Public Signs" in Insularity, Small Worlds in Linguistic and Cultural Perspectives., eds. R. Heimrath & A. Kremer, 1st edn, Konigshausen und Newmann, Wurzburg, pp. 123-136.

Sciriha, L. 2013, The Maltese Language in Education, 1st edn, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learnin,Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden.

Sciriha, L. 2013, "Which Languages for Which Schools? Issues in Language Policy in Bilingual Malta" in Language Policy and Planning in the Mediterranean World, eds. M. Karyolemou & P. Pavlou, 1st edn, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 144-159.

Sciriha, L. 2010, "Maltese Language Retention and Citizenship Among The Maltese Community in Australia" in Convention of Maltese Living Abroad 2010, ed. Ministry of Foreign Affaris, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malta, pp. 127-158.

Sciriha, L. 2009, Continuing Maltese: An Lower Intermediate to Intermediate Level Course, Book Distributors Limited, Malta.

Sciriha, L. 2009, "Different Genders, Different Communication Styles? Patterns of Interaction Between Maltese Couples in Malta" in A Sea for Encounters: Essays Towards a Postcolonial Commonwealth, ed. S. Borg Barthet, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 365-378.

Sciriha, L. 2009, "Il-bilingwizmu f’Malta – Aspetti Socjolingwistici " in Il-Bilingwizmu fl-Edukazzjoni ta' Pajjizna. X'inhu l-ahjar ghal uliedna?, ed. R. Fenech, Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti bl-ghajnuna tal-Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni, Malta, pp. 93-95.

Sciriha, L. & Vassallo, M. 2007, "Who reads to Maltese Children and in What Language? Social and Educational Perspectives" in New Directions in the Sociology of Education in/for the 21st Century, ed. M. Vryonides, Cyprus College, Nicosia, Cyprus, pp. 242-248.

Sciriha, L. 2006, "Teenagers and Mobile Phones in Malta: A Sociolinguistic Profile" in New Technologies in Global Societies, eds. P. Law, L. Fortunati & S. Yang, World Scientific Pub Co Inc, Singapore, pp. 159-178.

Sciriha, L. & Vassallo, M. 2006; 2007, Living Languages in Malta, Print IT, Malta.

Vassallo, M. & Sciriha, L. 2005, "EU Membership and the Common Citizen" in A Fortune for Empowering Europe: Activating an Educational Fortune for Europe: Activating an Educational Fortune for Europe by means of Citizens' Initiatives and Adult Education, ed. H. Gottel, Europahaus, Einstadt, pp. 34-37.

Sciriha, L. 2004, Keeping in Touch : The Sociolinguistics of Mobile Telephony in Malta, Agenda Publishers, Malta.

Borland, H. & Sciriha, L. 2003, "Internationalising Education through the Web:Virtual Learning for Diasporic Communities" in Internationalising Education: Risks and Returns: Proceedings of the 2003 Victoria University/UCLA conference, eds. R. Adam & K. White, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 126-139.

Sciriha, L. 2003, "Do females pay more compliments than males? A sociolinguistic study of compliment usage in Malta", Humanitas Journal of the Faculty of Arts, vol. II, pp. 73-80.

Sciriha, L. (ed) 2003, Humanitas Journal of the Faculty of Arts Volume II, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, Malta.

Sciriha, L. 2002, "The rise of Maltese in Malta: Social and Educational Perspectives", Intercultural Communication Studies, XI, vol. 3, pp. 95-106.

Vassallo, M., Sciriha, L. & Brinkworth, M. 2002, The Unequal Half: The Underused Female Potential in Malta, Commission for the Advancement of Women, Ministry for Social Policy, Malta.

Sciriha, L. 2001, "Are Immersion Programmes the Solution to Malta's Unofficial Monolingualism? " in Language as a Tool: Immersion Research and Practices, ed. S. Bjorklund, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland, pp. 375-397.

Sciriha, L. 2001, "Trilingualism in Malta: Social and Educational Perspectives", International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 23-37.

Sciriha, L. & Vassallo, M. 2001; 2003, Malta : A Linguistic Landscape, Socrates, Malta.

Chircop, J. & Sciriha, L. (eds) 2000, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, List of Publications, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, Malta.

Sciriha, L. 1999, "The Glass Ceiling: Maltese Women in Academia", Humanitas Journal of the Faculty of Arts, vol. I, pp. 37-52.

Sciriha, L. (ed) 1999, Humanitas Journal of the Faculty of Arts Volume 1, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, Malta.

Sciriha, L. 1998, "Is-Socjolingwistika Maltija" in Lingwa u Lingwistika, ed. K. Borg, Klabb Kotba Maltin, Malta, pp. 192-209.

Sciriha, L. 1998, "The Linguistic Construction of Social Space: Addressing Parents-in-Law in Malta" in Sociolinguistics, Language and Society, ed. M. Verma, Sage Publications, London, pp. 106-117.

Sciriha, L., & Vassallo, M. 1998, "Images of Social Class Through Language in Malta", Plurilinguismes:Des Iles et des langues, , no. 15, pp. 171-199.

Sciriha, L. 1997, "Id-djalett tal-Kottonera: Analizi Socjolingwistika" in Ktieb il-Kottonera, ed. F. Fabri, Daritama Publications, Malta, pp. 131-168.

Sciriha, L. 1997, "One Country, Two Languages? A Sociolinguistic Study of Language Use in Malta" in Malta - A Siege and a Journey, eds. R. Pascoe & J. Ronanyne, Victoria University, Melbourne Australia, pp. 69-90.

Sciriha, L. 1997, The Maltese Interactive Picture Dictionary: An Interactive Multimedia Computer Program for Teaching Maltese Spelling, Vocabulary and Pronunciation, Protea Textware, Melbourne, Australia.

Sciriha, L. 1996; 1997, Beginning Maltese, 1st edn, Malta University Publishers, Malta.

Sciriha, L. 1996, A Question of Identity: Language use in Cyprus, Intercollege Press, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Sciriha, L. 1995, "The Interplay of Language and Identity in Cyprus", The Cyprus Review, vol. 7, pp. 7-34.

Sciriha, L. 1994, "Language and Class in Malta" in Maltese Society: A Sociological Inquiry, eds. R. Sultana & G. Baldacchino, Mireva Publications, Malta, pp. 117-131.

Sciriha, L. 1994, "Sociolinguistic Aspects of Language Use in Malta" in Languages of the Mediterranean: Substrata - The Islands - Malta, ed. J. Brincat, Institute of Linguistics, University of Malta, Malta, pp. 293-304.

Vassallo, M., Farrugia Sant'Angelo, V. & Sciriha, L. 1994, Too Late for Too Many - A Study of Special Education in Malta, Media Centre, Malta.

Kmetova, T. & Sciriha, L. 1992, "Why Bother with Those Tenses?", Contrastive Linguistics, vol. XVII, no. 3, pp. 45-57.

Dobrowski, K., Ridding, M. & Sciriha, L. 1990, "Channels of Communication in the Field of ELt Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation", ELT Management, , pp. 6-7.

Sciriha, L. 1989/90, "Language Maintenance and Language Shift of the Maltese Migrants in Canada", Journal of Maltese Studies, vol. 19, no. 20, pp. 34-41.

  • ENG1080 - English in Society 1
  • ENG2118 - Aspects of English Phonology
  • ENG2480 - English in Society 2
  • ENG3051 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Ideas and Concepts
  • ENG3052 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Readings, Interpretations, Applications
  • ENG3071 - Varieties of English
  • ENG3105 - Public Speaking and English Language
  • ENG3118 - Aspects of Historical and Regional Variation in English
Sociolinguistic Aspects of Maltese English

Profiling English Language Proficiency in Malta