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

Launch of the Languages, Society & Policy journal at the British Academy in London

On 23 May MEITS celebrated the successful launch of its languages policy journal, Languages, Society & Policy (LSP), at an event generously hosted by the British Academy in London. Edited by a multidisciplinary team, LSP is a unique online resource which publishes the latest academic peer-reviewed research in jargon-free, short and accessible papers explaining language findings from the fields of linguistics, modern languages, cultural studies, neuroscience, psychology and education.


Strands 3 & 6 joint workshop: Sociolinguistic and cognitive perspectives on bilingualism

On 26 and 27 April 2017 a joint Strands 3 & 6 workshop on Sociolinguistic and cognitive perspectives on bilingualism took place in Edinburgh, where each strand made a presentation. We welcomed Professor Li Wei from UCL as the guest speaker and he provided new insights from the British Academy project on bilingualism and cognition. In addition, there were short reports from collaborators in the Basque Country and Sweden.


Policy Journal

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.


Recent Blog

Language terms

The growth of terms and labels which refer to language and, by extension, to language users and language learners is a relatively recent phenomenon and perhaps can be explained by the increased interest since the mid-twentieth century in researching linguistic diversity in different socio-educational settings. Ambiguities arise sometimes because of the overlap of meaning between many of the terms or because different authors interpret and use the terms in different ways. There are also differences in use of labels in different countries.


On the effects of bi-/multilingualism

Being part of the MEITS project has provided me with the opportunity to work with a fantastic team of researchers and address the important topic of multilingualism. Taking Europe as an example, it is estimated that over half of the population are able to speak a second language at the conversational level (European Commission, 2012) and this pattern seems to be growing throughout the years. But what are the implications of such trends?


Early years language assessment: the role for EdTech

If a parent is concerned about their child’s physical development, all they need in order to confirm that the child is growing well for their age is a measuring tape and scales. They can then check height and weight against widely available developmental charts. If you are a parent living in the UK, you will remember the little red book given by the NHS at the birth of each child, where being on or around the 50th percentile suggests that a child is just fine for their age.


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