Cross-Language Dynamics – Reshaping Community

The Project

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Researchers in Swansea University’s Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (LTI) are engaged in a major UK-wide research programme: “Cross-Language Dynamics – Reshaping Community”.

Tom Cheesman - Cross-Language Dynamics 3‌“Cross-Language Dynamics – Reshaping Community” is a four-year (2016-2020) programme, one of four within the Open World Research Initiative of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (OWRI). The programme is led by researchers at the University of Manchester (PI: Professor Stephen Hutchings) and involves 12 UK institutions.  

The over-arching aim of the OWRI programme is to develop a new Modern Languages research paradigm by re-conceptualizing the relationship between language and community for the benefit of a more open world. The programme will investigate multilingual, transnational and translingual communities in diverse contexts, with diverse methods, in order to address questions such as:

•  Do the languages we speak define the communities we align with?

•  How can language community boundaries be made more porous?

•  What are the ties and disjunctions between language and nationhood?

•  What are the dynamics of community-building between top-down, state-driven or institutionally driven processes and grassroots actions?

‌Researchers at Swansea are contributing to the OWRI programme with work focused on generating new understandings of:

Tom Cheesman - Cross-Language Dynamics 1> formal and informal community interpreting, with specific reference to asylum seekers and refugees locally 

> translingual cultural dynamics (e.g. border languages, literary translingualism)

> translingual politics (e.g. soft power discourses in the Arab world and Mediterranean space)

> translingualism and informal language learning on the university campus.