Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities
The Cardiff University Research Team:
Cardiff University’s Centre for Language and Communication Research is conducting a four-year investigation to develop new understandings of multilingual communication in cities in the UK, in a project led by Angela Creese of the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism at Birmingham University and in collaboration with the University of Leeds, and Birkbeck College, University of London. The research project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Translating Cultures theme. It began in April 2014 and will continue until March 2018.
The project examines how people draw on their linguistic resources, such as languages and modes of communication (writing, speech and gesture, for example) within conversations and other sorts of interactions in their daily lives. The project will investigate workplaces, homes and online environments as well as building a picture of the cityscapes surrounding them. Wales offers a rich site of study and our particular focus on the Cathays ward of Cardiff promises opportunities for learning about the use of linguistic resources in contemporary urban society.
We are keen to make contact with local businesses and organisations who are interested in our work and would like to know more.
Would you like to get involved?
We are currently inviting local people in Cardiff, ideally the Cathays area, to take part in this research project. We would be delighted to hear from you if you can help by allowing us to work with you for 16 weeks. You are invited to contact us if:
- You are able to speak both English and Arabic.
- You use Arabic at work, at home and/or online.
- You are willing to be observed at work as you go about your daily activities (in a business, legal advice setting, sports setting or cultural/heritage site such as a museum or library).
- You are willing to be recorded and to make recordings (audio, video and photographic) at work (for 16 weeks) and at home (for 12-weeks).
- You are willing to be interviewed about your language use in and out of work.
- You are willing to share some of your social media activities.
If you decide to take part in the research, we will:
- Provide you with a three-day training course on Communication and Observation, leading to a free Level 3 Open College Network qualification
- Offer you £1,000 as remuneration for your participation in the project
- Provide mentoring from a University of Birmingham tutor to support your participation in the OCN course
- Offer voluntary assistance in your work place during the 16-week period
- Ensure that all material collected during the research will remain anonymous and confidential
- Store all material in a secure, encrypted site
Please contact us if you would like to get involved or to find out more about our project: