Researching Multilingually

“Researching Multilingually” Seminar

I am very happy to announce that I will be taking part at the AHRC-funded “Researching Multilingually” seminar that will be held in Manchester on 22-23 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.

An extended abstract for the presentation can be downloaded here, and you can find more information about the Researching Multilingually project in their website.


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