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Perspectives on multilingualism Seminar

Centre for Global Englishes
17:00 - 18:30
8 March 2017
Building 65 Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Prof Jennifer Jenkins at .

Event details

Cross-centre seminar, led by the Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) and chaired by Professor Jennifer Jenkins.


Over the past ten years or so, multilingualism has become a hot topic in linguistics research. Alongside a range of existing and new generative SLA approaches to the subject, a branch of critical multilingualism research, sometimes described as a 'multilingual turn', has developed that includes, for example, a focus on issues relating to mobility and migration, a questioning of the constructs 'native' and 'non-native' speaker, an interest in translanguaging, and a reconceptualisation of 'English'. In this seminar, speakers from each of our four research centres, CGE, CLLEAR, MeXsu, and TNS, will present what they see as the key aspects of multilingualism from their own research and/or research centre's position. The seminar will then open up to debate among the panel and discussion between the panel and audience.



Speaker information

Prof Clare Mar-Molinero,Director of Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) and Associate Dean for Internationalisation. My current research interests are in the area of language policy and language and migration, transnationalism and globalisation, and urban multilingualism, in particular, but not exclusively, in the Spanish-speaking world.

Prof Roumyana Slabakova,Director of the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR). My research is grounded in generative linguistic theory and explores the second language (L2) acquisition process. My theoretical focus is the acquisition of grammatical structure and its interaction with meaning.

Dr Dick Vigers,Current research interests include multilingualism and the mobile worker; language biographies; ‘minority' languages (particularly Breton and Welsh) in relation to cultural memory, semiotic/ linguistic landscapes and migration; and historical sociolinguistics.

Prof Jennifer Jenkins,Director of the Centre for Global Englishes (CGE). My main research interests are in Global Englishes in general, and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in particular.

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