Here is the final TLANG blog post of 2015 with an update from the project. We wish you all the best for the festive season and a happy and peaceful 2016.
By TLANG team
TLANG is now in its second year investigating the communication practices of people living in four superdiverse UK cities. We have completed the data collection for our first two phases, business and heritage, and we are in the process of collecting data in our third phase, sport. The fourth phase of the project, law, will commence in March 2016.
TLANG welcomes new team members!
We are delighted to welcome Sarah Martin, Dr Emilee Moore De Luca and Daria Pytel to the TLANG team. Sarah joins us as project research administrator based at the University of Birmingham; Emilee as post-doctoral researcher based at the University of Leeds, and Daria as bilingual research fellow for the London case study, based at Birkbeck.
Sarah replaces Jaspreet Kaur Takhi, who left the project in September to do a PGCE in modern languages. Daria replaces Dr Agnieszka Lyons, who has taken up a full time lectureship at Queen Mary University of London. We wish both Jas and Agnieszka all the very best in their new roles!
TLANG Working Papers
Working papers from the first phase of our project (language, business and superdiversity) are now available on our website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tlang/working-papers/index.aspx
We are publishing project findings across the interdisciplinary themes of sociolinguistics, and business/entrepreneurism, heritage, sport and exercise, and law. On the completion of each phase the project team will make available their city and cross-case study reports.
Routledge Handbook: Language and Superdiversity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Professors Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese are editors of a new Routledge Handbook on Language and Superdiversity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. This ambitious project involves 14 section editors drawn from the TLANG multidisciplinary team and 35 authors. This new handbook brings together a sociolinguistic perspective on superdiversity, and includes sections engaging with theory, methodology, business, sport, heritage, law, and education.
Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award
Birkbeck Co-Investigator Professor Zhu Hua at Birkbeck has successfully applied for a Leverhulme Artist in Residence award. This will provide the opportunity for Ella McCartney (http://www.ellamccartney.com), a visual artist, to work with Zhu Hua for nine months. Together they will explore multi-modal aspects of translanguaging, boundaries between language and visual images, and how people engage with a new visual mode of communication. It is envisaged that this exciting project will have two outputs: an exhibition of a new body of visual work with interviews with exhibition visitors and a radio programme discussing the concept.
TLANG keynote presentations
In 2015 Professors Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese gave two keynotes related to TLANG. These included the British Association of Applied Linguistics (September 2015) and the Georgetown Round Table on Language and Superdiversity (March 2015).
Dr James Simpson talks about linguistic diversity on Indian national TV
In November, Leeds Co-Investigator Dr James Simpson gave a plenary talk on ‘Translanguaging in the Contact Zone: Language Use in Superdiverse Urban Areas’ at the 11th Language and Development Conference in Delhi. You can watch James’ presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KSZ0a9VwSM#t=18.
While in India, James was invited to talk about linguistic diversity on Indian national TV on the NDTV panel discussion show, Mindspace, with Osama Manzar, Ajit Mohandy and Alison Barrett. You can watch the programme here: http://social.ndtv.com/mindspace/permalink/309816.
Upcoming postgraduate and early career researcher workshop: Linguistic Ethnography In Practice (LEIP) 15 – 16 January, University of Leeds
Cardiff –based TLANG doctoral researcher, Piotr Wegorowski, along with fellow postgraduate researchers Sarah Lund (University of Sheffield) and Rob Sharples (University of Leeds), is organising a series of three workshops for postgraduate and early career researchers. The aim is to bring together researchers from across disciplines working with ethnographic methodologies and language to discuss approaches to data collection and analysis. The first workshop is fully booked, but further events are planned. For more information contact the LEIP team by email: LEIPfirstname.lastname@example.org.