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October 2016

£3.9 million modern languages research project launched

(13 October 2016)

A consortium, led by the University, has launched a four-year language research project which aims to demonstrate the UK’s critical need for modern languages research and teaching. 

The ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) grant. We are leading the consortium which includes 11 other universities, city councils, the Royal Opera House, Tyneside Cinema, political think tank Chatham House, and a sixth-form college known for its strengths in modern languages. 

Working across several world languages, among them Arabic, Spanish, and Russian, the project will incorporate perspectives from Linguistics, Literary, Media and Cultural Studies, International Relations, the Arts (Music, Film and Theatre) and Visual Anthropology. 

Yaron Matras, Professor of Linguistics the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, and founder of the Multilingual Manchester initiative, will lead the project's Multilingual Communities strand. He added: “Universities need to re-think their approach to delivering language degrees, and anchor their work more tightly in local communities, their language diversity, and the need for global outreach.” 

  • Read the full story, including a comment from Professor Stephen Hutchings, on StaffNet.