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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.

News

  • 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.

  • Brozovsky Visiting scholar: Erica Brozovsky Oct. 30, 2018

    Erica Brozovsky, PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, just spent a month at MultiLing. Here, Erica tells a bit more about her research, and her stay in Oslo.

  • Multilingual and intercultural education group Multilingual and Intercultural Education – Theory and practice from Latin America and Norway Oct. 22, 2018

    How can you best provide quality education in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms? This and other hot topics were discussed in depth at "Multilingual and Intercultural Education – Theory and practice from Latin America and Norway" at the end of September. The seminar aimed to strengthen connections among Norwegian and Latin American scholars of multilingual and intercultural education.

  • dsc_1989_660px Linguistic landscapes: Public signage as an area of language contacts and conflicts Oct. 16, 2018

    When we arrive in a new country, public signs, ads and billboards are often the first form of contact we have with the language and script of the place. At the start of October, colleagues from Norway, Russia, and the UK gathered in Oslo to share their research on linguistic landscapes, and to develop new collaborations between the countries.