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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.


Multilingualism, ideologies and language policies

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.


  • ritu-jain-lowres-cropped Visiting scholar: Ritu Jain May 29, 2019

    Ritu Jain (PhD), lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, visited MultiLing this May. Here she writes about her experience at the Center.

  • lowres_multilng_29april_0401 Multilingual practices from antiquity to the present day May 13, 2019

    Many are under the misconception that the widespread multilingualism in our modern and increasingly globalized world is a fairly new development. This round-table conference, organized by Aneta Pavlenko and Pia Lane, aimed to show that practices of multilingualism have been common and necessary for centuries, even millennia.

  • 2kompri2019_05_02_gruppebilde-sab-prof2-og-ledelse Annual meeting with the Scientific Advisory Board May 6, 2019

    The annual meeting with MultiLing’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was held this week, on May 2-3. Among the themes of the meeting this year were career planning and grant application processes, with a particular focus on applications to the European Research Council (ERC).

  • grenoble_headshot_2018 Visiting scholar: Lenore Grenoble Dec. 19, 2018

    Lenore Grenoble (The University of Chicago) just spent three months at MultiLing as a US Fulbright Arctic Chair grantee. We asked her to tell us a bit more about her stay in Oslo, and her current research: