Alumna launches multilingual magazine

Raelke Grimmer

Raelke Grimmer with the print edition of 'Tongues'

Alumna Raelke Grimmer has combined her passions for writing and languages in a multilingual publication. Raelke started ‘Tongues’ as an online magazine in 2014, after completing her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics at the University of Adelaide. “I created Tongues out of a passion for language, linguistics and writing,” Grimmer said. “Australia considers itself multicultural yet languages are not embraced as part of that multiculturalism. I wanted to create a publication which gives a voice to all cultures and all languages.”

She was recently awarded a grant from Carclew Arts to create the first issue of a print edition which will be launched by Dr Peter Mickan, Coordinator of Postgraduate Applied Linguistics at the University of Adelaide at the SA Writers’ Centre in June.

The print edition of ‘Tongues’ features writing in seven languages: English, German, Bavarian, Polish, French, Spanish and Indonesian. Articles in languages other than English are published alongside their English translations. Issue 1 includes an interview with Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide, and an article about the revival of German as a community language in the Barossa Valley by Dr Peter Mickan.

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