Researching multilingually: New theoretical and methodological directions
Version of Record online: 6 NOV 2013
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International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Special Issue: Researching Multilingually
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 285–299, November 2013
How to Cite
Holmes, P., Fay, R., Andrews, J. and Attia, M. (2013), Researching multilingually: New theoretical and methodological directions. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 23: 285–299. doi: 10.1111/ijal.12038
- Issue online: 6 NOV 2013
- Version of Record online: 6 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 23 JUN 2013
- AHRC. Grant Number: AH/J005037/1
- researching multilingually;
- researcher competence;
- research methodology;
- researcher education;
This paper reports findings from an AHRC-funded project into the use of more than one language in research projects. Using 35 seminar presentations and 25 researcher profiles, we investigated how researchers from differing disciplines became aware of the possibilities, complexities, and emerging practices of researching where more than one language is used: for example, in initial research design, literature reviews, consent procedures, data generation and analysis, and reporting. Our analysis also revealed some of the challenges that researchers face regarding institutional policies, language choices, interpretation and translation practices, and the language politics of representation and dissemination. Based on this analysis, we argue that researchers need to account for the research spaces and the relationships these spaces engender, and recognise developing researcher awareness when researching multilingually.