I am very happy to announce that I will be taking part at the AHRC-funded “Researching Multilingually” seminar, which will be held in Manchester on 22nd – 23rd May 2012.
The paper I will present is titled Representational Positions in Bilingual Research, and it draws on some methodological insights from my doctoral dissertation. My research was situated in a language school in Greece, where Greek and English were used in equal measure and with differing degrees of competence. This made it difficult for me to present my data in a way that was consistent, accurate and easily accessible to the English-speaking audience to whom the dissertation is addressed.
Some questions that I had to consider included:
- To what extent is the translation of the data an analytical act, and how can it be made transparent?
- Is it ethical to ‘correct’ the language of my participants so as to protect them from embarrassment, or does this impinge on the authenticity of the data?
In the paper, I will argue that there is a range of alternatives when it comes to the representation of the data, and using my own data as examples, I will make the case for a flexible and transparent positioning.
Update 30th May 2012: I have posted some information about the seminar and my presentation here.
Featured Image: The Researching Multilingually project banner, used with permission.