Visit our Reports archive to read the latest MLM student reports! The reports focus on various aspects of Manchester’s multilingualism, including:
– a study on the effect of Brexit debates on language learning choices, in which participants suggested that Brexit makes language learning more important yet discourages students from studying languages;
– research on motivations to study foreign languages at Higher Education level;
– a study on experiences of using translation and interpreting in accessing public services, which reports that clients are generally satisfied with the services provided, yet often prefer using informal interpreters (e.g. family members or friends).
You can read the new reports in full here.
Last month we met with officials at the Office for National Statistics to make suggestions for improvement of the question on languages ahead of the 2021 Census. But the officials are reluctant to act, and it seems that to get results, researchers will have to engage more widely to promote a general vision of a linguistically diverse society. Read more here, and see earlier documentation here.
Abstracts are invited for an event on ‘University Public Engagement with Urban Multilingualism’, which will take place on 20-22 February 2019 at the University of Manchester.
The three-day event will offer an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and experience among university projects that actively combine research on urban multilingualism with an outreach and public engagement agenda. It will be hosted by the Multilingual Manchester research unit (http://mlm.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/). Confirmed contributors will represent projects based in a variety of universities around the world including Moscow, St Petersburg, Berlin, Edinburgh, London, Sheffield, Melbourne, Sydney, Luxembourg, and Graz.
We are seeking additional expressions of interest along with abstracts to arrive by 31 August 2018, for short contributions to panel discussions (NOT full research papers!) that will address — specifically — the following themes:
– City-level planning and practice around language diversity, and the involvement of university researchers in such practice
– University public engagement around language diversity
– Innovative research models and research tools, teaching practices, and co-production models
Please see the full call for papers here: http://mlm.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/call-for-papers-2/
Am 12 Juni 2018 hielten Leonie Gaiser und Yaron Matras einen Vortrag über die ‘Sprachlandschaften’ (Sprache im öffentlichen Raum) von Manchester im Rahmen einer Vorlesung über Mehrsprachigkeit unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Jannis Androutsopoulos an der Universität Hamburg. Eine Aufzeichnung des Vortrages ist hier zugänglich.
A video recording of a lecture (in German) by Leonie Gaiser and Yaron Matras on Manchester’s linguistic landscapes at the University of Hamburg can be accessed here; you can also read our report (in English!) about Manchester’s linguistic landscapes.
Increasing numbers of researchers are engaging in studies involving complex contexts of ‘superdiversity’ and participants who have a broad range of linguistic repertoires and communication needs. Yet there are often limited opportunities for scholars to exchange knowledge and experience on key conceptual, epistemological and methodological questions.
This event invites critical reflection on what it means to conduct research multilingually. It is anchored around examples of recent research projects that help to shed light on questions facing researchers interested in investigating the multilingual practices of others, researchers who draw on their own multilingual capabilities as part of their research practice, and the role of intermediaries in research such as translators and interpreters.
The event will be of particular interest to doctoral candidates and early career researchers working on areas in which multilingualism is prominent, but also to more established researchers new to these areas.
The event will take place on 3 July 2018, 1-5pm, in the Graduate School Training Room, Ellen Wilkinson Building, The University of Manchester.
More information on the event is available here. To register, please click here.