Translanguaging and flows: Towards an alternative conceptual model

Jay L. LEMKE, Mei Yi Angel LIN

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While much scholarly work has contributed to the theorizing of translanguaging, in this article, we sketch an alternative model based on materiality and information theory (Bateson, Gregory. 1951. Information and codification; and Conventions of Communication. In Jurgen Ruesch & Gregory Bateson (eds.), Communication: The social matrix of psychiatry, 168–227. New York: Routledge; Lemke, Jay L. 2015. Feeling and meaning: A unitary bio-semiotic account. In Peter Pericles Trifonas (ed.), International handbook of semiotics, 589–616. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer) to theorize translanguaging together with flows, through reconsidering issues of speech events in which features normally associated with different language systems co-occur. And in doing so, we hope to contribute to the ongoing theorizing work in the field of translanguaging. Copyright © 2022 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-151
JournalEducational Linguistics
Issue number1
Early online dateFeb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


Lemke, J. L., & Lin, A. M. Y. (2022). Translanguaging and flows: Towards an alternative conceptual model. Educational Linguistics, 1(1), 134-151.


  • Information theory
  • Materiality
  • Social semiotics
  • Trans-knowledging
  • Translanguaging


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