MEITS - Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies
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MEITS is a major interdisciplinary research project funded under the AHRC Open World Research Initiative. Linguistic competence in more than one language – being multilingual – sits at the heart of the study of modern languages and literatures, distinguishing it from cognate disciplines. Through six interlocking research strands we investigate how the insights gained from stepping outside a single language, culture and mode of thought are vital to individuals and societies.
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Linguistic variation in language learning classrooms: considering the role of regional variation and ‘non-standard’ varieties (MEITS, 2020-12-01)• Attitudes to language norms and variation in language teaching vary widely. • Concerns among professionals include anxiety that introducing learners to ‘non-standard’ varieties might lead to ambiguity and confusion, and ...
Translation as social policy: quality management in public service interpreting and translation (MEITS, 2020-12-01)Translation is an essential tool in diverse societies. As language conflicts grow within certain sectors of the population, translation and interpreting contribute to bridging the communication gap within multilingual ...
Why embed multilingualism into university practices? (MEITS, 2020-12-01)This paper draws on my experiences with language in English and non-English-speaking universities, minority language education research (Migge et al. 2010) and on a survey-based research project on linguistic diversity at ...
Counting languages: how to do it and what to avoid. A German perspective (MEITS, 2020-12-01)The annual microcensus provides Germany’s most important official statistics. Unlike a census it does not cover the whole population, but a representative 1%-sample of it. • In 2017, the German microcensus asked a question ...