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Kofi Yakpo (Photo: Nadia Frantsen / UiO)

Six months after his first visit, Kofi Yakpo, Assistant Professor in Linguistics at The University of Hong Kong, came back to MultiLing for a collaborative research project with Guri Bordal Steien.

Last week, 15 PhD students from 13 different universities attended MultiLing’s summer school: narrative, discourse and interaction. The summer school also marked the first visit to MultiLing through our INTPART network project with four top South African universities.

Salikoko Mufwene sharing his experience from own interdisciplinary research at the workshop

What does it mean to bridge the gap between psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic approaches to multilingualism? Scholars who have been successful in doing interdisciplinary work were invited to the workshop Bridging gaps: Conceptual and epistemological approaches which was held at MultiLing last week.

Brendan Weeks holding his lecture.

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.

Photo of Associate Professor Cecelia Cutler

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.

Photo of Professor Gillian Wigglesworth

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?

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.