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MultiLing : Center for multilingualism in society across the Lifespan : University of Oslo

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The Center’s vision is to contribute to how society can deal with the opportunities and challenges of multilingualism through increased knowledge, promoting agency for individuals in society, and a better quality of life, no matter what linguistic and social background.


MultiLing's themes:
The Center will be organized around three mutually dependent and interrelated themes:
- Multilingual competence across the lifespan, i.e. how multilingual children, youth and adults acquire the languages they know, with a particular focus on how multilingual competence changes throughout the lifespan
- Multilingual language choice and practices across the lifespan, i.e. how multilingual children, youth and adults use the languages they know, with a particular focus on how multilingual language use changes throughout the lifespan.
- Management of multilingualism across the lifespan, both at an individual and at a group level, i.e. how social and political power relations influence multilingual acquisition and use.


The themes are organized within a micro/macro-structure. Theme 1 focuses on the individual’s knowledge of language through the investigation of linguistic forms and meanings that are acquired, represented, potentially impaired or lost across the lifespan. Theme 2 focuses on the individual in social interaction – on use-related aspects of multilingualism. Theme 3 focuses on society – on language policies, ideologies, and management at the societal level through various social institutions.