Sports and social media as sites of embodied identity construction

By Caroline Tagg, Open University  In June 2016, we discussed data collected in the sports phase of our project at a workshop organised by Zhu Hua at Birkbeck University, London and Janice Thompson from the University of Birmingham. Each city research team presented their data and discussed initial findings and ideas. I am responsible for… Read More Sports and social media as sites of embodied identity construction

One bright morning in the middle of the night: A postcard from Finland

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

A response to ‘Linguistic xenophobia and why it should be resisted’

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’

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

A ‘professional tourist’ in Leeds: gaining new approaches to the study of school environments

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

From translanguaging to transmedia meaning-making

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