Institute for Research on Multilingualism

The Institute for Research on Multilingualism carries out research on the various facets of multilingualism in individuals and societies as well as their challenges both for individuals‘ learning or integration, and more general well-being, and for domains such as education and international cooperation. The mission of the institute is to study the range of these aspects in the Luxembourgish context and in international contexts.

We investigate Multilingualism across different disciplines. Given that the concepts of "language" and "multilingualism" as well as the methodologies differ across disciplines, our research projects draw on various theories and methodologies related to the sub-disciplines of structural linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, education and cognitive psychology. Therefore, the research methods range from ethnographic approaches and interviews to controlled experiments.

The major topics of our research are (1) oral and written language practices, including multimodal communicational practices, (2) acquisition and development of skills in formal and non-formal education in early childhood, at primary and secondary school, vocational education, the workplace and the university.

Keywords:

  • Research on the different facets of multilingualism across childhood, adolescence and adults, in different social contexts and across different disciplines
  • The impact of multilingualism in the 21st Century Education
  • Interdisciplinary orientation and expertise spanning across different research methods (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method)