MEITS is a major interdisciplinary research project funded under the AHRC Open World Research Initiative. Linguistic competence in more than one language – being multilingual – sits at the heart of the study of modern languages and literatures, distinguishing it from cognate disciplines. Through six interlocking research strands we investigate how the insights gained from stepping outside a single language, culture and mode of thought are vital to individuals and societies.

Recent News

Extended submissions deadline for Being Human Festival, 17-25 November 2017

As part of the Being Human Festival 2017, the MEITS Project is organising a photo exhibition which will take place in Belfast, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Nottingham, 17-25 November 2017. If you would like the chance for your photo to be part of this exhibition, we invite you to send us your images of how different languages feature around you – whether in your home, your neighbourhood, your community, or in your town or city. We want to know what multilingualism means to you, and you can interpret this in any way you like. You can submit up to three photos and please send them as attachments to the MEITS team at The submission deadline has been extended until 13 October 2017.


Just speaking English won’t get us very far in the world

MEITS in The Guardian, 28 August 2017


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CRiCLE Workshop: Assessing bilingual learners

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Languages, Society & Policy: Mission

LSP publishes high-quality peer-reviewed language research in accessible and non-technical language to promote policy engagement and provide expertise to policy makers, journalists and stakeholders in education, health, business and elsewhere. 

Language underpins every aspect of human activity, social, economic and cultural. Insights from language and linguistics research can improve policy making and have the potential to impact on a wide range of areas of public life. 

We publish Policy Papers, Opinion Articles,  short and accessible papers from the Research Lab and Dialogues. We also occasionally publish policy reviews.

LSP promotes the multidisciplinarity of linguistics and language research and welcomes contributions from diverse disciplines including, but not restricted to, linguistics, modern languages, cultural studies, cognitive science, developmental linguistics and psychology, sociolinguistics, corpus and computational linguistics, education, health sciences, psychology and neuroscience. For information on how to submit a paper, please see our Editorial Guidelines.

ISSN 2515-3854


Recent Blog

Multilingualism: More than words

Can you be multilingual if you don’t talk at all? The question may sound paradoxical but it is one that I’ve been asked many times in my work as Speech and Language Therapist. Over the years, I’ve encountered numerous people who do not talk or who can understand and use very few words. This includes people who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury affecting speech and language systems in the brain, as well as those with intellectual disabilities that have affected the language development process from the earliest days of life. Some of these individuals come from backgrounds where multilingualism is the norm and their families are often concerned about choosing the language that can best support communication and the development of new skills.


Mobilising and Releasing the Potential of Language Heritage for an Open World Post-Brexit

Two months ago, my colleague and I drove down to a local school to conduct a pilot study of our research on the influence of identity on foreign language learning for the Education Strand of the MEITS project.


Bi- and Multilingualism: Defining the differences

What makes somebody multilingual? Although a very simple question, and one that is often asked as part of Strand 4’s work, it is, in fact, deceptively complicated.


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