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Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities

Cardiff City

The Cardiff University Research Team:

Dr. Frances Rock: Co-investigator

Miss Amal Hallak: Research Associate


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:

If you decide to take part in the research, we will:

Please contact us if you would like to get involved or to find out more about our project:

Frances Rock
Amal Hallak