More than half the world is bilingual — speaking at least two and sometimes more languages with some proficiency. Recent research suggests that bilingualism has protective benefits for the brain. The power of bilingualism is beyond language itself.
How do you reconstruct a language that is no longer spoken when there are few documentation records? Lenore Grenoble illustrates how mapping sociolinguistic context plays an important role in this kind of work.
How do immigrants position themselves by acquiring/not acquiring the local dialect? This was one of the questions raised at the workshop Dialect acquisition and migration.
Associate Professor Cecelia Cutler, the City University of New York, is visiting MultiLing in April to participate in the workshop Dialect acquisition and migration and in the SONE (Sociolinguistic Network in Norway) Conference. In her presentation at the workshop, “’People don’t see me as white’: how appearance plays in dialect acquisition among immigrants in the U.S.”, she addressed the topic of embodiment. She also explored people’s experience of being in a physical body, and how this experience shapes their language choices and their construction of identity. It’s not just about how it feels to be in your body, but also how others perceive you and how others frame you or attempt to construct you based on how you look.
Jorunn Simonsen Thingnes and Kristin Myklestu are our two new research assistants. Welcome to MultiLing!
Professor Gillian Wigglesworth from the University of Melbourne is a Chief Investigator on the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and has been visiting MultiLing this week. Her major research focus is on the languages indigenous children living in remote communities learn, and how these languages interact with English once the children start school. How can we improve the children’s school results and reverse the increasing loss of indigenous languages?
Inger Moen, Professor of applied linguistics at the University of Oslo, passed away on November 28th 2015, at the age of 75.
MultiLing, the Center for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan, is one of five research communities at the University of Oslo that will receive funding from the Norwegian government for the recruitment of leading international scientists.
A warm welcome to our new MultiLing affiliate Rickard Jonsson!
A warm welcome to our new MultiLing affiliate Sarah Harchaoui!
A warm welcome to our new MultiLing affiliate Stefania Marzo!
A warm welcome to our new MultiLing affiliate Karl Swinehart!
A warm welcome to our new MultiLing affiliate Robert Blackwood!
A warm welcome to our new MultiLing affiliate and department colleague, Toril Opsahl!
A warm welcome to our newest MultiLing affiliate and department colleague, Ingebjørg Tonne!
MultiLing has become a member of the research network LingNet Europe.
A cordial welcome to our newest MultiLing affiliate and department colleague, Ida Larsson!
Monika Schmid, Professor of Linguistics, is critical of European authorities’ use of language analyses to determine the place of origin of asylum seekers. She claims that it is impossible to determine a person’s origin by analysing his or her language.
A warm welcome to our newest MultiLing Affiliate, Magdalena Łuniewska!
Tommaso M. Milani is visiting MultiLing during the month of September.
Knowledge of the sociolinguistic situation of the minority language – and attitudes towards the language – is vital for our planning processes to secure minority languages, says State Secretary Anders Bals.
James Costa and Pia Lane from the STANDARDS project organised a panel on minority language standardisation at Sociolinguistic Symposium 20 (SS20) in Jyväskylä, Finland.
Sarah Harchaoui stayed as a guest researcher at MultiLing from May 16 to June 4. We would like to thank her for a great visit!
Cecelia Cutler is visiting MultiLing from May 16 to June 14. She is an Associate Professor at City University New York, Lehman College & The Graduate Center, New York City, USA.
Nathan Albury is a new PhD fellow at MultiLing.