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Research project

Advancing the European Multilingual Experience

The project Advancing The European Multilingual Experience (AThEME) takes an integrated approach towards the study of multilingualism in Europe by incorporating and combining linguistic, cognitive and sociological perspectives.

2014 - 2019
Lisa Cheng
European Commission European Commission

AThEME will cover the different forms of multilingualism in Europe by developing new lines of inquiry on regional/minority languages, heritage languages, languages spoken by bi-/multi-lingual speakers with communicative disorders, and languages spoken by bi-/multi-linguals at different stages of development and life. AThEME will use a palate of research methodologies, ranging from fieldwork methods to various experimental techniques and advanced EEG/ERP technologies. 

AThEME aims to provide a firm basis for assessing existing public policies and practices within major areas such as education and health and contribute to evidence-based policy-making.

Core research topics within AThEME:

  • Regional languages in Multilingual Europe: Linguistics resources in need of    resourceful policies

  • Heritage languages and language users in the EU: challenges and dilemmas of immigrant language maintenance

  • Multilingualism and communicative impairments (e.g., dyslexia, aphasia, dementia)

  • Being Multilingual (e.g., factors which lead to successful multilinguals, bilingual advantages in cognitive tasks)

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