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Our research themes

Multilingual competence

How multilingual children, youth and adults acquire the languages they know, and how this competence changes throughout the lifespan.


Multilingual language practices

How multilingual children, youth and adults use the languages they know, and how language use changes throughout the lifespan.


Management of multilingualism

How social and political power relations influence multilingual acquisition and use across all age groups.


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The Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) is a research center financed by the Research Council of Norway as a Center of Excellence. MultiLing is located at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies.


  • ml-summer-school_660 MultiLing Summer School 2017 Sep. 4, 2017

    Is it really possible to have a strict separation of the cognitive and social aspects of human activity? This year’s summer school examined interdisciplinary approaches to multilingualism with a focus on socio-cognitive aspects.

  • maimu-berezkina_farge-300px Doctoral defense: Maimu Berezkina Aug. 30, 2017

    Maimu Berezkina defended her dissertation on June 20 in Gamle Festsal at Domus Academica.

  • kamilla-kraft_farge-300px Doctoral defense: Kamilla Kraft Aug. 30, 2017

    Kamilla Kraft defended her PhD dissertation Constructing migrant workers: Multilingualism and communication in the transnational construction site on May 26.

  • mira-goral_507 Visiting scholar: Mira Goral July 5, 2017

    Professor II at MultiLing, Mira Goral (The City University of New York) recently visited MultiLing for two weeks. Goral will lead the research work on multilingual aphasia at MultiLing.