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