'Post Multilingualism, Translanguaging and Linguistic Creativity' Professor Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education
Centre for Language, Culture and Learning
One of the key challenges of multilingualism in the 21st century is how to protect the identity and integrity of individual languages whilst recognizing and promoting the fluidity of diversity and contact. In the meantime, individuals, especially language learners, increasingly find themselves having to deal with the question of how to express one’s cultural values through a language, or languages, that is/are traditionally associated with the Other/Others. These are what might be called the post-multilingualism phenomena. The traditional approaches to multilingualism where societies are encouraged to protect and individuals are encourage to learn different languages seem less than adequate for the post-multilingualism challenges. In this talk I look at examples of translanguaging practices in complementary schools for minority ethnic children in the UK, multi-modality linguistic landscape, and New Chinglish as post-multilingualism practices from a linguistic creativity perspective. The aim is to develop an approach which helps us to better understand the processes as well as the consequences of dynamic and fluid interactions between, across and beyond languages on social relations, social structures and individual’s social cognition.
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|2 Mar 2016||5:15pm - 6:30pm|
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