Creative Multilingualism

Creative Multilingualism was an AHRC-funded project which ran from 2016 to 2020. It continues to exist as a TORCH research programme at the University of Oxford. This website offers many resources for anyone interested in exploring the links between creativity and languages, from blog posts and teaching materials, to details of the many projects and events we ran. For information about upcoming events, please visit the TORCH website.

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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Teaching Resources

Visit our Resources section to explore a variety of teaching materials which support the creative teaching of languages.


The Creative Multilingualism programme worked on a variety of projects exploring the connection between languages and creativity. See all projects here.