The Multilingualism Research Hub at UW was created in 2021 thanks to the UW Excellence Initiative (IDUB Action II 3.7 “Multilingualism” led by Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic).
Multilingualism is ubiquitous in contemporary societies: Many people develop multilingually as a result of international mobility or migration. Others acquire several languages through schooling. However, knowledge about multilingualism and the social awareness of the phenomenon are still limited. Thus, the Multilingualism Research Hub UW aims to facilitate empirical research on multilingualism and interest in the multilingualism among the scientific community and society at large.
The Multi-R-Hub UW
gathers researchers studying linguistic, cognitive, social and educational aspects of multilingualism. Currently, it comprises three research teams:
- Experimental Linguistics Lab (Faculty of Modern Languages, head of the lab – Prof. Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic)
- MultiLADA Lab (Faculty of Psychology, head of the lab – Prof. Ewa Haman)
- AVT Lab (Faculty of Applied Linguistics, head of the lab – Prof. Agnieszka Szarkowska)
We also cooperate with the Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity (Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, head of the Center – Prof. Justyna Olko)
Our foreign partners include:
- N-PROM: European Network for Psycholinguistic Research on Multilingualism and Multilingual Development (within the 4EU+ Alliance, with dr Johannes Gerwien, University of Heidelberg and prof. dr hab. Filip Smolik, Charles University in Prague)
- The HULC Lab (Heidelberg University Language and Cognition Lab, dr Johannes Gerwien head of the lab)
- Institute of Multilingualism, Fribourg University, Switzerland
- MultiLing (Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan) University of Oslo