Creative Multilingualism

Creative Multilingualism is a research programme exploring the links between creativity and languages. It began as a four-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and continues to be run from the University of Oxford as part of TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities). 
This website offers a selection of resources, including blog posts, teaching ideas, and details of our many projects and events. 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.