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Demonstration of the eye-tracker

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.

Maria Obojska (Photo: Nadia Frantsen / UiO)

PhD Fellow Maria Obojska has given her answer, after working on her dissertation at MultiLing for more than two years.

Group photo of the winter school

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."

Last week, the INTPART 2017 Linguistics Summer School was held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.The topic for the course was "Multilingualism, multimodality and embodiment: Sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives."

Pernille Hansen

Pernille Hansen gave her doctoral defense on October 6 in Gamle Festsal at Domus Academica.

Yolandi Ribbens-Klein, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCT, Cape Town, is visiting MultiLing for a four week-research stay. 


Janet Connor, PhD fellow at the University of Chicago, is currently visiting MultiLing. In her PhD project, Connor is looking at linguistic and semiotic interactions in Tøyen, and during her monthly stay at MultiLing, Connor will commence her dissertation fieldwork.

Kofi Yakpol

A warm welcome to our new MultiLing affiliate, Kofi Yakpol!

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Is it really possible to have a strict separation of the cognitive and social aspects of human activity? This year’s summer school examined interdisciplinary approaches to multilingualism with a focus on socio-cognitive aspects.

Photo: Nadia Frantsen

Maimu Berezkina defended her dissertation on June 20 in Gamle Festsal at Domus Academica.

Photo: Nadia Frantsen

Kamilla Kraft defended her PhD dissertation Constructing migrant workers: Multilingualism and communication in the transnational construction site on May 26.

Kristin Vold Lexander (photo: Nadia Frantsen)

Digital media have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other. For transnational families, a set of tools that can ease the communication between family members across borders is now available, and communication is cheaper and simpler than ever.

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Professor II at MultiLing, Mira Goral (The City University of New York) recently visited MultiLing for two weeks. Goral will lead the research work on multilingual aphasia at MultiLing. 

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

For four weeks in May and June, Professor Christine Anthonissen (Stellenbosch University), visited MultiLing as part of the INTPART network project.

Recently, the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB) took place in Limerick, Ireland. A number of MultiLingers and MultiLing's collaborators attended the conference for four days packed with the latest research in multilingualism.

Aneta Pavlenko

Research Professor II at MultiLing, Aneta Pavlenko, visited the Center for a week in June. Pavlenko has been with MultiLing from the start as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board and joined the Center as Research Professor in 2017.

People at the kick-off. Photo: UiO

This week, MultiLing marked the start of our project Studies of Multilingual Aphasia with a kick-off seminar with guests from home and abroad.

Illustration photo: Colourbox

In our globalized world, speaking two or more languages is becoming more and more common. It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population is bilingual. But does being bilingual or multilingual affect our mind and brain? 

Prinola Govenden (Photo: Nadia Frantsen)

In March, MuliLing was visited by the very inspiring and creative PhD student in Media Studies Prinola Govenden from Wits University in South Africa, through the INTPART partnership. Among other things, she helped further develop the Center's media strategies and general communications. Here is an informal interview with her.

Participants and lecturers at the MultiLing Spring School 2017 (Photo: Nadia Frantsen)

Last week, MultiLing held its very first Spring School. PhD students from all over the world were gathered in Oslo for four days to learn more about how they can go from formulating questions and hypotheses to have their hypotheses tested. 

Contributors and representatives from Norad at the book launch (Photo: UiO)

On Friday 24 March, the launch of the new book Multilingual Ethiopia: Linguistic Challenges and Capacity Building was celebrated with cake, speeches and guests from near and far.

Professor II at MultiLing, Jannis Androutsopoulos (University of Hamburg) visited MultiLing for a week in March. During his stay, he collaborated on several ongoing projects. He also gave one guest lecture and hosted a methodological workshop.

Aneta Pavlenko (Photo: private)

Dr. Pavlenko is originally from Ukraine, but emigrated to the US right before the collapse of the USSR—two unrelated incidents. She has had an impressive linguistics career and is very well-versed in many languages. At the Center, she will focus on communication in legal cases where refugees and immigrants are involved.

Ekaterina Kuzmina (Photo: private)

Ekaterina is Russian, and holds a PhD from the University of Hong Kong, where she did research on aphasia. At MultiLing she will work on her project "Cognitive control and patterns of bilingual aphasia".  

MA student Christina Davril is doing her internship at MultiLing in February and March 2017.