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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.


  • 1multiling_symposium_may2018_42-kopi Multilingualism and Education May 14, 2018

    Multilingualism as a resource in education was the topic of discussion as researchers and educationists from 14 different countries gathered for the Multilingualism and Education conference at UiO last week.

  • barn-blikksporing Looking for bilingual children for research study Apr. 16, 2018

    Would you like to participate in a research study on bilingualism? Do you have a child who has been growing up bilingually with Norwegian and English since birth?

  • uio_multiling_sosiokognitiv_lab_dsc04252(1) MultiLing's laboratory is now open! Apr. 3, 2018

    MultiLing's socio-cognitive laboratory was officially opened on March 22. To mark the occasion, the center organized a tour of the facilities and a demonstration of the equipment.

  • multiling_february2018_11-kopi(1) MultiLing Winter School 2018 Feb. 13, 2018

    The first week of February, PhD students from all over the world gathered at MultiLing for our winter school: "Language Policy in Multilingual Contexts – methodological approaches."