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Translation and Translanguaging: School of Education awarded AHRC research grant

1 October 2013 |

Professor Mike Baynham and Dr James Simpson have been awarded a large research grant for a new collaborative research project titled Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities.

Professor Baynham, a Professor of TESOL and Dr Simpson, a Senior Lecturer in Language Education are part of the Language Education Research Team in the School of Education.

This project forms part of a consortium led by MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism (Professors Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge), University of Birmingham and is part of the AHRC Translating Cultures theme.

The interdisciplinary research programme will develop new understandings of multilingual interaction in cities in the UK, generating new knowledge about communication in these changing urban communities. These findings will be communicated to policy-makers and communities locally, nationally, and internationally.  

The researchers from Leeds and Birmingham will be joined by colleagues from Birkbeck (University of London) and Cardiff University.

Principal Investigator Professor Angela Creese welcomed the award, saying that this will be

“a major, ground-breaking study of multilingualism in superdiverse cities across England and Wales. The research will make a significant contribution to knowledge about the potential of multilingualism as a resource for communication, creativity, and civic participation”.

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