Past issues of our quarterly newsletter, MultiLing Voices.
This issue of MultiLing Voices is dedicated to the memory of our dear colleague and friend, Janne Bondi Johannessen, who passed away in June, only 59 years old. She was Professor of Linguistics and Language Technology at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo. Since 2013, Janne was a key member of MultiLing's core group, where she was the Center's most important capacity in the field of Heritage Languages.
25 September, 2020
This year, we have invited renowned scholar Lourdes Ortega to deliver the first digital Einar Haugen Lecture! In this newsletter, you can read about her upcoming lecture, “Language Learning in a Post-COVID World,” as well as her opinions on how Covid-19 has affected the racial debate in the U.S. in an interview with journalist Silje Pileberg.
18 September, 2020
The world has been changing so quickly these days, it is hard to keep track. At the moment, the COVID-19 pandemic is under control in Norway, and the University of Oslo and MultiLing are gradually re-opening. We sincerely hope that we all will get through these difficult times with good health and with new insights, understandings, and commitments that may guide us to a better world.
June 12, 2020
Welcome to a somewhat different version of our newsletter. In Norway, we are in our third week of closed schools and universities due to the coronavirus. It was sad to see the wonderful events we had planned this spring cancelled or postponed. However, we are impressed by the speed with which some of them have gone digital. Let us not forget that although we are physically isolated from one another in these uncertain times, socially, through digital communication, we are closer than ever.
March 27, 2020
At MultiLing, 2019 was a year of societal engagement, with a focus on social justice and equity. We had the honor of hosting Ethiopian Minister of Science and Higher Education, H.E. Hirut Woldemariam, as our invited speaker at the Women & Leadership Roundtable. We also got word that Toril Opsahl and colleagues were awarded prestigious RCN funding for their new project.
December 18, 2019
This fall we are thrilled to welcome six new employees to MultiLing. And there will be more! Also, don't miss our celebration of the European Day of Languages on September 26, the Einar Haugen Lecture. This year's lecture will be held by Nicholas Evans, Director of Australia’s CoEDL and leading researcher of endangered indigenous languages.
September 23, 2019
In May, we had the pleasure of once again hosting our outstanding Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in Oslo for our annual meeting. This year, we were especially happy to welcome four new board members: Lynn Mario de Souza, Lorenza Mondada, Sari Pietikäinen and Pia Quist.
May 24, 2019
In December, we received the best Christmas present we could have wished for: The news that the funding of our INTPART project would be extended until 2021! We also had two doctoral defenses in autumn, and the report "Language in Norway — Culture and Infrastructure" was published. All this and more in our Christmas edition!
December 21, 2018
In June, MultiLing was awarded funding for its second 5-year period as a Center of Excellence. In this issue, you can read about how multilingual families in Norway use social media to juggle up to five languages in a couple of minutes, whereas “Life as a MultiLing researcher” offers a sneak peek into what conferencing is like from the perspective of one of our PhD students.
September 12, 2018
This spring term has been very busy with events for MultiLing. The launch of the center’s socio-cognitive laboratory was a significant milestone, two important conferences were organized—Multilingualism and Education, and Women & Leadership—and June started off with an innovative seminar on the most current research on sign language and interpreting. Happy reading!
June 7 2018
This first issue of MultiLing Voices in 2018 marks an important milestone of MultiLing's work: the grand opening of the center's socio-cognitive laboratory! You can also enjoy reading about our work on an Ethiopian language database and perhaps even start learning Kven online. Enjoy!
March 8, 2018
In our third issue, we present a few highlights from an extremely busy autumn. Pernille Hansen held the fifth and last doctoral defense of 2017, and MultiLing launched a brand new and exciting research topic: forensic linguistics. You can meet the recipients of this year's MA grants, and read about Unn Røyneland's exciting, new appointment. Happy reading!
December 6, 2017
In our second issue, we are excited to announce that Ellen Bialystok is awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Oslo. Another two of our PhD fellows defended their theses, and our Summer School started the new semester with a bang! Kristin Vold Lexander gives us her take on Life as a MultiLing Researcher, and we introduce a new section, MultiLing in Society.
September 1, 2017
In our very first issue, you can read all about two exciting and very different PhD defenses, check out some of our recent publications and media appearances, and learn about our unique exhibition Oslo says. Language in the city. Valantis Fyndanis kicks off the series Life of a MultiLing Researcher, asking the question, "Is speaking more than one language good for your mind and brain?"
May 1, 2017