Theme: understanding language use in different social and cultural contexts - context and meaning, form/function interface, meaning negotiation in interaction, interpretation of meaning in intercultural encounters, language policy.
Indicative research questions:
- What is the relationship between context and language use?
- How do people use language to construct and negotiate their multiple identities?
- How do speakers negotiate meaning in interaction?
- What are the complexities of meaning co-construction in intercultural encounters?
- How do people negotiate relationships in different contexts?
- How can we theoretically and methodologically capture the relationship between meaning and context?
Multilingualism at work
- To understand language use in various multilingual/multinational settings
- To undertake longitudinal ethnographic work
- To unpack the complex relationship between top down language policy and bottom up language practice
- To explore the role of lingua francae in different linguistic ecosystems
- To explore the relationship between professional identity and L2/3 language use
- To contribute on the interrelationship between multilingualism and intercultural communication research.
Project staff: Jo Angouri