Knowledge Mobilization (KMb): Multiple Contributions & Multi-Production Of New Knowledge

Knowledge & Many Tongues

Knowledge is made up of many tongues.

2 responses to “Knowledge & Many Tongues

  1. David Phipps May 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Which is why knowledge translation (and related knowledge mobilization) is so important. And on a literal interpretation of tongues to mean language, so much of our research is produced in English that non English speakers are disenfranchised and English only speakers are not able to access research produced in other languages. English dominance is a barrier to knowledge use.

    • KMbeing May 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I completely agree with you that the dominance of one language can be a barrier to knowledge use. I foresee a time (that is already emerging) when translation technology within the use of social media will break down these knowledge barriers. English – like it or not – has become the dominant language of research produced and presented, but perhaps time and technology will free the many other tongues waiting to speak their own knowledge to be understood by global translation – ultimately, with techniques to achieve knowledge mobilization without language barriers.

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