Translanguaging as Transformation The Collaborative Construction of New Linguistic Realities Edited by: Emilee Moore, Jessica Bradley, James Simpson

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12 May 2020
Researching Multilingually
Multilingual Matters
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This book examines translanguaging as a resource which can disrupt the privileging of particular voices, and a social practice which enables collaboration within and across groups of people. Addressing the themes of collaboration and transformation, the chapters critically examine how people work together to catalyse change in diverse global contexts, experiences and traditions. The authors suggest an epistemological and methodological turn to the study of translanguaging, which is particularly reflected in the collaborative, arts-based and action research/activist approaches followed in the chapters. The book will be of particular interest to scholars using ethnographic, critical and collaborative action and activist research approaches to the study of multilingualism in educational and creative arts contexts.


This collection of studies constitutes a ground-breaking move towards a much better understanding of translanguaging and its transformative potential in education. The highly creative collaborative projects reported provide a sound empirical basis and clear models for pedagogic intervention that challenge traditional ideas about language and communication.

- Josep M. Cots, University of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain

This illuminating and ground-breaking volume sets out to critically advance the paradigm of translanguaging as a collaborative and transformative resource and practice for generating a social justice activism agenda across different communities and contexts. This rich and remarkable collection of detailed empirical studies will give fresh impetus to translanguaging and multilingualism studies.

- Gerardo Mazzaferro, University of Turin, Italy

This is a well-crafted and critically astute book that brings together a range of voices in the field of translanguaging. It raises vital questions about how we perceive and work in, with and through languages, providing critical insights into ways people collaborate to bring about new linguistic realities. A powerful book that will have an impact on how we understand, learn and experience languages.

- Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Biography:

Emilee Moore is a Serra Húnter Fellow (Assistant Professor) at the Universitat Autňnoma de Barcelona, Spain. She co-convenes the AILA Research Network on Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics.

Jessica Bradley is a Lecturer in Literacies in the School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK. She co-convenes the AILA Research Network on Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics.

James Simpson lectures in Language Education at the School of Education, University of Leeds, UK. He is the co-author of ESOL: A Critical Guide (OUP, 2008, with Melanie Cooke), the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics (2011), and the co-editor of three further books.

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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