Languages & creativity

Language learning books

How I discovered the best motivation for learning a language

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Old-fashioned film equipment

How learning languages can help in a career as a film producer and writer

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UK coast

Inventing (the) English: Racism, Multilingualism and Medieval Studies

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We're looking for a Co-ordinator for our Multilingual Performance in Schools project. Find out more...
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The research

Seven interlocking research strands investigating the creative dimension of languages - extending from cognition and production through to performance, texts and translation to language learning.

Strand 1.


Embodying Ideas: The Creative Power of Metaphor

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Strand 2.


Creating a Meaningful World: Nature in Name, Metaphor and Myth

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Strand 3.


Creating Intelligibility across Languages and Communities

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Strand 4.

Creative Economy

Languages in the Creative Economy

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Strand 5.

World Literatures

Creativity and World Literatures: Languages in Dialogue

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Strand 6.

Prismatic Translation

Creating New Meanings: Prismatic Translation

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Strand 7.

Language Learning

Linguistic Creativity in Language Learning

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What's happening at Creative Multilingualism

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Lecture: Is the Igbo Language in Danger of Extinction?

Shami Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University
26 Aug 2017
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Circulating translation in the 19th century from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Arabian Sea

Radcliffe Humanities Building, University of Oxford
20 Sep 2017
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Curiosity Carnival

Oxford University Museum of Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museum
29 Sep 2017
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