Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Accounting and Finance Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Language and Translation in Accounting: A scandal of silence and displacement?
Author(s): Evans, Lisa
Kamla, Rania
Keywords: Language
accounting research
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2018
Citation: Evans L & Kamla R (2018) Language and Translation in Accounting: A scandal of silence and displacement?. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 31 (7), pp. 1834-1843.
Abstract: Purpose: This introduction to the AAAJ special issue on language and translation in accounting aims to address the ‘deafening silence’, raise awareness and start serious debates about the integral role of language and translation, broadly defined, in all aspects of accounting research and practice. Design/methodology/approach: We first highlight our motivation for calling a special issue on language and translation. We then introduce the contributions to this special issue. Finally, we call on accounting researchers to start taking up the challenge to think about language and translation and their implications on the creation of knowledge in interdisciplinary accounting research. Findings: The accounting research agenda is lagging behind many other disciplines in its attention to the ‘translation turn’ in social sciences. This introductory special issue calls for an “awakening”, especially in interdisciplinary accounting research, to how the process of translating languages, cultures and ideas embedded in all research, impact our journeys towards innovative and inclusive knowledge creation exercise. Originality/value: Accounting research has, to date, paid only limited attention to language and translation. This paper challenges the interdisciplinary accounting community to engage with translation, and introduces papers published in this AAAJ special issue, which outline opportunities for future research as well as policy implications.
DOI Link: 10.1108/AAAJ-09-2018-020
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal by Emerald. The original publication is available at: This article is deposited under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial International Licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0). Any reuse is allowed in accordance with the terms outlined by the licence ( To reuse the AAM for commercial purposes, permission should be sought by contacting

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Evans and Kamla 2018 for STORRE.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version401.3 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.