By Frances Giampapa, 24 November 2015
A bustling food market and the new architectural landmark of the Birmingham central library are the sites of observation for an AHRC funded collaborative project led by Professors Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge. These social spaces provide a window into the creative multilingual communicative exchanges that index contemporary Britain in the 21st century.
In last week’s launch of the GESF series on Multilingualism we learned about the diversity of meaning making as a performative act that indexes the multiple identities that we negotiate through language. The lasting message from the presentation was that ‘difference’ generates both positive and productive moments of exchange that brings people closer together rather than further apart.
Editor’s Note: Dr Frances Giampapa is Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL/Applied Linguistics) in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. Her research interests focus on the migration, language and identities nexus across multilingual contexts.