MULTILINGUALISM: EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS, TRANSFORMING SOCIETIES

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

Strand 1 Conference: Engaging Multilinguality: Language, Identity and National Cohesion in Ukraine

The strand 1-led international conference ‘Engaging Multilinguality: Language, Identity and National Cohesion in Ukraine’ provided a unique opportunity to address various aspects of multilingualism in Ukraine. Its organisation stemmed from a close collaboration between the MEITS project and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme. 

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Researching the Linguistic Landscape

In early September ten researchers from across Europe gathered at Gladstone’s Library in the picturesque town of Hawarden, Wales, for a residential workshop addressing the theme ‘Multilingualism in the Public Space’.

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Upcoming Events

22 Nov

Literacy outcomes in northern Ghana / The effect of multilingual exposure on autism

Room GR05, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP
01 Jul

Acquisition of Chinese: Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Churchill College, University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom

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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.

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Recent Blog

MEITS does the Festival of Ideas

There is little doubt that having some knowledge and appreciation of different languages can provide us with unique access to cultures, communities and countries across the world. It is with this thought in mind that our MEITS Festival of Ideas event, Languages: Your passport to the world, took place on 20 October 2018.

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Does language learning lead to healthier ageing?

I remember very well my own journey into learning a foreign language for the first time. I was back home in Mexico, and I was studying English at school. I was mostly learning vocabulary and grammar, but at that point I didn’t need to use it to communicate. 

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Learning languages outside of the classroom: a visit to the museum

We all remember the excitement of going on a school trip. Early starts, smelly sandwiches, laughter. Even if it was a very rare "summer lesson" when we were allowed to work outdoors (thanks Mrs Caldwell), that change of scene gave everything an air of adventure and let us lay down memories to savour later in a series of "remember when"s.

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