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

New Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK

Following a successful second policy workshop in December 2018 in Belfast, bringing together policymakers and academics from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Wendy Ayres-Bennett, PI of MEITS, and Janice Carruthers, AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages, have published a new Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK.

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Support research on multilingualism and language learning at university

Would you like to help one of our fellow OWRI projects with their research on multilingualism and language learning at university?

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Upcoming Events

25 Jan

Languages in Conflict and Reconciliation

Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast
20 Feb

Celebrating Multilingualism in Cambridge

16-18 Arbury Court, Cambridge, CB4 2JQ

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.

ISSN 2515-3854

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Recent Blog

What, if anything, makes learning English different from learning other languages?

We Skyped the son of a friend of ours last week. He’s from the Netherlands and needed to interview a British citizen for his English homework. He sent an email,  in English, inviting my British partner to participate and then proceeded to conduct the interview in fluent and almost flawless English.

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Towards a Community-Based Strategy to Support Bilingual Migrant Children across the Lifespan

The UK is undergoing a period of uncertainty due to the historical vote to leave the European Union in March 2019, which has created both opportunities and challenges. While the government is keen to control borders, it is also actively looking for new ways to support migrants within borders. 

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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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