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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.


  • 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:

  • anne Visiting scholar: Anne Pitkänen-Huhta Nov. 29, 2018

    Anne Pitkänen-Huhta (University of Jyväskylä) has been spending the last two months at MultiLing. Here, she tells a little more about her stay as a visiting scholar at MultiLing.

  • quentin-williams_farge Visiting scholar: Quentin Williams Nov. 19, 2018

    Quentin Williams, senior lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, returned to MultiLing for a month long stay in October.

  • 640multiling How social media can improve our linguistic repertoires Nov. 2, 2018

    Research shows that Snapchat, Facebook and WhatsApp help families with immigrant backgrounds develop their multilingualism.