Adrian Blackledge is Professor of Bilingualism. He is author of numerous articles and books based on his research on multilingualism in education and wider society. His books include Multilingualism. A Critical Perspective (2010); Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World (2005); Negotiation of Identities in Multilingual Contexts (2004); Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, and Gender (2001); Literacy, Power, and Social Justice (2000); and Teaching Bilingual Children (1994).
He is part of a national team which has received funding from AHRC to investigate how people communicate multilingually across diverse languages and cultures. Please view the Translation and Translanguaging website to find out more.
Adrian is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:
Bilingualism in education
multilingualism in society
critical discourse analysis
language and power
literacy and literacies
teaching and learning English in schools.
His current students include:
Peter Brannick - Bolzano-Bozen: A Linguistic Ethnography
Oriana Shubert (part time PhD) The linguistic practices of multilingual children aged 3-5.
Louise Wheeler (full time, PhD, School of Education funded) Language ideologies and identities in the teaching and learning of English in a university in Kazakhstan
Adrian’s research interests and publications are situated in the following areas: multilingualism; linguistic ethnography; education of linguistic minority students; multilingual literacies; language ideologies; discursive negotiation of identities in multilingual contexts; critical discourse analysis; language testing, citizenship, and migration.
Research Council funding
AHRC/Humanities in the European Research Area. 2010-2012. €900,000.Investigating discourses of inheritance and identity in four multilingual European settings (09-HERA-JRP-CD-FP-051).With Jan Blommaert, Jens Normann Jorgensen, and Jarmo Lainio. Principal Investigator and Project Leader.
ESRC 2010-2013. £99000. Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice. (RES-046-25-0004). ESRC Researcher Development Initiative. With Deirdre Martin (PI), Angela Creese, Sheena Gardner, Marilyn Martin-Jones. Co-investigator.
ESRC 2006-2007. £208,000. Investigating multilingualism in complementary schools in four communities(ESRC, RES-000-23-1180). With Angela Creese (PI), Vally Lytra, Peter Martin and Li Wei. Co-investigator. http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/ViewAwardPage.aspx?awardnumber=RES-000-23-1180
Blackledge, A. (2011) Multilingualism and Ideology in C. Chappelle (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell.
Blackledge, A. (2011). Discourse and Power, in James Paul Gee and Mike Handford (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis. London, Routledge.
Blackledge, A. (2011). Cultural diversity and human rights in education. In A. Androusou and N. Askouni (Eds.) Cultural diversity and human rights. Athens, Metaixmio, pp 165-180.
Blackledge, A. and Creese, A. (2010). Multilingualism, A Critical Perspective. London, Continuum.
Blackledge, A. (2009) As a country we do expect: The further extension of language testing regimes in the UK. Language Assessment Quarterly. 6: 6–16.
Blackledge, A. (2009). Inventing English as convenient fiction: Language testing regimes in the United Kingdom. In Guus Extra, Massimiliano Spotti and Piet Van Avermaet (editors) Language Testing, Migration and Citizenship: Cross-National Perspectives. London, Continuum. pp 65-85.
Blackledge, A. (2009). Being English, speaking English: Extension to English language testing legislation and the future of multicultural Britain in Hogan-Brun, G., C. Mar-Molinero, and P. Stevenson (eds.) Discourses on Language and Integration: Critical Perspectives on Language Testing Regimes in Europe. Amsterdam, John Benjamins. p 83-108.
Blackledge, A. and Creese, A. (2009) Meaning-making as dialogic process: Official and carnival lives in the language classroom. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. 8, 4, 236-253.
Blackledge, A. and Creese, A. (2009) Because tumi Bangali : Inventing and disinventing the national in multilingual communities in UK. Ethnicities. 9, 4, 451-476
Publications 2008 - present (PDF 143KB, opens new window)
Publications 2001 - 2007 (PDF 134KB, opens new window)
Publications pre - 2001 (PDF 13KB, opens new window)