Project Introduction

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Translate New Haven is a new initiative in applied language studies at Yale and in the city of New Haven, aiming to imagine and visualize a more multilingual New Haven through translation, discussion, and collaborative “deep mapping” of language in public spaces. The project builds upon the idea of linguistic landscape where, everyday, people see with their own eyes “what languages are prominent and valued” by their society, and take in silent lessons about “the social positioning of people who identify with particular languages” (quotes from Dagenais et al., 2009). It encourages us not just to consider, but also to consider doing something about, questions like these: