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Mediation. Work Package 4 of the MIME project

Work package

Basic terms

MIME wiki

Moodle page

We want to know when and why people solve language problems using lingua francasinterpreters, translatorstranslation technologies or intercomprehension

Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe (MIME). EU Large-Scale Integrating Project (SSH.2013.5.2-1). (2014-18). This site brings together materials for Work Package 4 "Mediation". Team members (front row, left to right): Cyril Brosch, Nike Pokorn, Alice Fiorentino, Nune Ayvazyan, Sabine Fiedler; (back row, left to right) Anthony Pym, Jaka Čibej 

Reports and publications 

Inception report (2014)

Trade-off tables (2015)

Periodic report (2015)

Ayvazyan, Nune, and Anthony Pym (May 2015) Mediation solutions of Russian-speakers in Salou, Catalonia

Brosch, Cyril (2015a) On the conceptual history of the term Lingua Franca. Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies 9 (1), pp. 71-85. 

Brosch, Cyril (2015b) Attitudes towards national accents in Esperanto in comparison to English as a Lingua Franca

Brosch, Cyril (2015c) The use of elements from Esperanto by people not speaking this language

Kruse, Jan (2015) Language choice in Euroregions

Research methodologies

Definitions of basic terms

Research instruments

Russian consent form

Russian information sheet

Consent form and information sheet (simplified)

Enquête sur l'intercompréhension

Questionnaire for Slovenia and Tarragona

Parallel research

Bastardas-Boada, Albert. 2010. Language and identity policies in the 'glocal age' .Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya.

Brugué, Quim, et al. 2013. Informe sobre la integració de les persones immigrades a Catalunya. Barcelona: Direcció General per a la Immigració, Generalitat de Catalunya.

Busch, Brigitta. 2010. Die Macht präbabylonischer Phantasien. Ressourcenorientiertes sprachbiographisches Arbeiten. In: Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik 40: 58-82.

Busch, Brigitta. 2012. The Linguistic Repertoire RevisitedApplied Linguistics 33 (5): 503-523

Crepaz, Katharina. 2009. The EU Language Policies: Between Multilingualism, Minority Language Protection and English as the New Lingua Franca. Diplomarbeit. Universität Innsbruck.

Davidson, Michael. 2010. Culture Shock, Learning Shock and Re-entry ShockLearning from internationalisation: Inclusive teaching about culture. University of Nottingham.

Dion, Kenneth L. 1998. Acculturation and immigration: social psychological perspectivesMetropolis Policy Priorities.

Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria. 2012. An Investment Not an Expense. Enhancing health literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. ECCV Policy Paper.

Filhon, Alexandra. 2013. Linguistic Practices in Migration. Models of Integration, Language Policies and Establishment of Social Hierarchy of Languages. INTERACT Research Report 2013/02. European University Institute. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Hlavac, Jim. 2011. Questionnaire for study of recently arrived Iraqi language community in Melbourne.

Hlavac, Jim. 2011. Arabic questionnaire for study of recently arrived Iraqi language community in Melbourne.

Kimura, Goro Christoph. 2013. Strategien der sprachlichen Kommunikation an der deutsch-polnischen Grenze. In Polish: 2013. "Strategie komunikacji językowej na polsko-niemieckim pograniczu" in Język. Komunikacja. Informacja 8: 109-124.

Kimura, Goro Christoph. 2013. "Deterritorialització" a la regió fronterera germano-polonesa i la seva importància per al sòrab com a llengua minoritària: des del punt de vista del paisatge lingüístic. Translated by Josep Maria Millà.

Languages for Jobs. Providing multilingual communication skills for the labour market. Report from the thematic working group "Languages for Jobs" European Strategic Framework for Education and Training (ET 2020)

Seredyńska-Abou Eid, Renata. 2013. Polish Migrants in the East Midlands, UK: Translating Cultures - Adapting Lives 

Seredyńska-Abou Eid, Renata. 2014. Questionnaire: Translating Cultures - Adapting Lives March 22, 2014 

Seredyńska-Abou Eid, Renata. 2014. "Poles have adapted here, but the English haven't": Instructive Needs of Polish Migrants in the East Midlands

Ward, Colleen, and Arzu Rana-Deuba. 1999. Acculturation and Adaptation RevisitedJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 30: 422-442.

Zucchi, Emiliano. 2012. Why hospitals should give language services equal importance (and funding). Research Centre for Languages & Cultures Annual Symposium University of South Australia, Adelaide, December 3-4, 2012.

Community interpreting

AHRQ. 2012. Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals

Foundation House (for Survivors of Torture). 2013. Promoting the engagement of interpreters in Victorian health services

Healthcare Interpreting in Slovenia. Project

Hlavac, Jim. 2011. Sociolinguistic profiles of users and providers of lay and professional interpreting services: The experiences of a recently arrived Iraqi language community in Melbourne. The International Journalfor Translation & Interpreting Research 3 (2).

Karliner, Leah S. et al. 2007. Do Professional Interpreters Improve Clinical Care for Patients with Limited English Proficiency? A Systematic Review of the Literature. HSR: Health Services Research 42 (2): 727-754.

Linholm, Mary et al. 2012. Professional Language Interpretation and Inpatient Length of Stay and Readmission Rates. Journal of General Internal Medicine 27(10):1294-9.

MedInt project

Pokorn, Nike, et al. Medical Interpreting in a New Member State. A Plea for a Proactive Approach: gives an example where lingua franca was rejected as a means of communication and a successful medical treatment was provided only after an interpreting service was established

Spector, Sarah Lichtman, Mara Youdelman. 2010. The high costs of language barriers in medical malpractice. Berkeley, CA: School of Public Health, University of California.


Börestam, Ulla. 2011. Språkbytare och språktänjare. Nordisk språkgemenskap ur andraspråksperspektiv. I: Språk i Norden 2011. Köpenhamn. S. 83-107. [Language-shifters and language-stretchers. Internordic language community from a second language perspective]. (Short version of a report published in 2008). English summary.

Börestam, Ulla. 2011. Scandigo SupermercadoSkandinavisk noticias S.L. och Scandinavian Building. Lite om företagsnamn med Skandinavisk profil bland utlandsskandinaver I Spanien. [About company names with a Scandinavian profile among Scandinavians living in Spain]. Namn och samhälle 26. Uppsala 2011

Börestam, Ulla. 2015. Excuse me, but can you tell me where the Nordic House is located? Linguistic strategies in inter-Nordic communication in Iceland illustrated through participant observationLinguistics 53 (2): 219-254.

Castagne, Eric. 2014. Analyse SWOT task 4.4 : Intercompréhension 31 mars 2014

Castagne, Eric & Machteld Meulleman. 2014. Typologie de l'intercommunication internationale. 1er avril 2014

European Commission. 2012. Intercomprehension. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Klaveren, Simone van, Joanne de Vries, and Jan D. ten Thije. 2013.Practices and Potentials of Intercomprehension. Research into the efficiency of intercomprehension with regard to the workflow at the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Commission. Universiteit Utrecht.

Language learning 

Fernandez, Sue. 2012. Promoting the benefits of language learning.Report to the Department of Education and Training. The University of Melbourne

Translation and Language Learning. An Analysis of Translation as a Method of Language Learning (DGT-2012-TLL), with the University of Leicester and the European Society for Translation Studies, 2012-13.

Language technologies 

Pym, Anthony 2006. Globalization and the politics of Translation Studies.

Lingua franca 

Arcand, Jean-Louis and François Grin. 2013. "Chapter 11: Language in economic development. Is English special and is linguistic fragmentation bad?" In English and Development: Policy, pedagogy and development, 243-266. Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

Bolton, Kingsley, and Christiane Meierkord. 2013. English in contemporary Sweden: Perceptions, policies, and narrated practicesJournal of Sociolinguistics 17(1): 93-117.

Chan, Leo Tak-hung . 2014. Under the shadow of three lingua francae: repositioning translation in East Asia. Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies 1 (1): 12-27. 

European Commission. 2011. Lingua franca: chimera or reality? Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union

Gazzola, Michele, and François Grin. 2013. "Is ELF more effective and fair than translation? An evaluation of the EU's multilingual regime." International Journal of Applied Linguistics 23(1): 93-107. 

Grin, François. 2005. L'enseignement des langues étrangères comme politique publique. Rapport établi à la demande du Haut Conseil de l'évaluation de l'école, 19.

Grin, François. 2010. Translation and the Dynamics of Multilingualism. Presentation at Translation Forum of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation, March 2010. Powerpoint here.

Kimura, Goro Cristoph. 2013. Linguistic communication strategies along the Polish-German border. Plus Poster of the same

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