James Simpson writes from the University of Jyväskylä , where he’s spending the summer months. Earlier this year I received the most generous invitation – to spend three months as an academic visitor at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä. So here I am, courtesy of the University’s fund to develop its… Read More One bright morning in the middle of the night: A postcard from Finland
TLANG team On 13th July 2016, we posted a letter on our blog about ‘Linguistic xenophobia and why it should be resisted’, in which we voiced our concern at the rise in xenophobic and racist hate crime in the UK which appears to have followed the vote to leave the European Union. We also posted… Read More A response to ‘Linguistic xenophobia and why it should be resisted’
TLANG team Like many around the country, the TLANG team have been shocked by the upsurge of xenophobia and racist hate crime which the police believe have been triggered by the BREXIT vote https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/11/police-blame-worst-rise-in-recorded-hate-on-eu-referendum . The outcome of the vote seems to have been interpreted by some as permission to hate, or rather to express… Read More Linguistic xenophobia and why it should be resisted
By Mike Baynham, University of Leeds Like so many people I have been shocked by the upsurge of xenophobia and racist abuse and hate crime that followed the EU referendum. One such form of abuse involves “linguistic xenophobia”. This is when people attract abusive comments simply by speaking their language in public places. Thinking about… Read More A poem for the times
Guest post by Tamás Péter Szabó, University of Jyväskylä Tamás visited the Leeds TLANG team back in December of last year to discuss his fascinating research into linguistic landscapes – with a particular focus on schools. Tamás’ work links with the research coming from the TLANG project on linguistic landscapes and the team were also able to discuss… Read More A ‘professional tourist’ in Leeds: gaining new approaches to the study of school environments
By Caroline Tagg, Open University, and Daria Jankowicz-Pytel, Birkbeck On Friday 17th April, the BAAL ‘Language and New Media’ Special Interest Group held an event entitled: ‘Multimodality in social media and digital environments’. The event was run by Agnieszka Lyons (a former TLANG project member) and Colleen Cutter, at Queen Marys London. The event was attended… Read More From translanguaging to transmedia meaning-making
Zhu Hua and Ella McCartney, Birkbeck As a new way of understanding language and communication, translanguaging refers to the dynamic meaning-making process whereby multilingual speakers go beyond conventional divide between languages and modalities to act, to know and to be (García & Li Wei, 2014). Translanguaging practice in visual means is commonplace in everyday communication… Read More A visual turn in translanguaging?