Languages & creativity

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Multilingual books

How curiosity led me to learn 7 languages

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Mosque in Senegal

Why language skills are a priority for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dance Ahead at Performing Languages

What does it mean to perform language?

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School competition

Take part in our Babel competition for schools to win prizes of £50-£100! Choose which task to enter: Magical, Fabulous or Futuristic Translation >>
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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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Babel: Adventures in Translation

The Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
15 Feb 2019 02 Jun 2019
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Yoruba Sonnets

Wolfson College, Oxford
15 Feb 2019
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Imagining the abstract and non-imageable

47 Wellington Square (Ground Floor Lecture Room 1), Oxford
20 Feb 2019
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