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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.


  • img_5189 Visiting scholar: Nancy Hornberger June 26, 2018

    Professor Nancy Hornberger (University of Pennsylvania) visited MultiLing for several weeks in May. During her stay, she shared her expertise in language policy, ethnography, and education research in many different ways.

  • multiling_2018_women---leadership_05(1) Women and Leadership June 7, 2018

    If you really want to empower women, what do you have to do? At the Women and Leadership round-table last week, students, university staff, and international scholars came together in Oslo to share experiences, and to discuss how we can achieve gender equality at all levels in academia.

  • research-professors MultiLing’s four research professors visiting the Center in May and June June 6, 2018

    In 2016, with the funding that came with the status as a World-leading Research Community, MultiLing hired three highly reputable international scholars as research professors. This spring, all three of them have been and will be visiting Oslo and MultiLing.

  • uio_multiling_sign_language_dsc08427 MultiLing seminar on sign language and interpreting June 6, 2018

    This week, MultiLing in partnership with NTNU hosted a two-day seminar on signed language linguistics and interpreting research.