Theme: Language use in different social and cultural contexts
Theme: understanding language use in different social and cultural contexts - context and meaning, form/function interface, meaning negotiation in interaction, interpretation of meaning in intercultural encounters, language policy.
Indicative research questions:
What is the relationship between context and language use?
How do people use language to construct and negotiate their multiple identities?
How do speakers negotiate meaning in interaction?
What are the complexities of meaning co-construction in intercultural encounters?
How do people negotiate relationships in different contexts?
How can we theoretically and methodologically capture the relationship between meaning and context?
Multilingualism at work
To understand language use in various multilingual/multinational settings
To undertake longitudinal ethnographic work
To unpack the complex relationship between top down language policy and bottom up language practice
To explore the role of lingua francae in different linguistic ecosystems
To explore the relationship between professional identity and L2/3 language use
To contribute on the interrelationship between multilingualism and intercultural communication research.