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European Language Diversity for All: Reconceptualising, promoting and re-evaluating individual and societal multilingualism

Objective

Due to new language policies, new forms of mobility, new media and technologies, new methods of research, new dangers to minority languages, and new forms of globalization, the linguistic landscape in Europe is experiencing a profound transformation. There is a wealth of research on the teaching and use of major European languages as vehicular languages, and abundant information on the use of minority and heritage languages in Europe. However, as a basis for coherent language policy-making in Europe, we still need a systematic way to describe and measure the balance between different European languages and the impact of this balance on linguistic and cultural diversity. The project ELDIA (European Linguistic Diversity for All) combines linguistic, sociological, legal, and statistical experts from seven European countries into a consortium committed to investigating multilingualism and linguistic diversity. The research will be based on societal context analyses and fieldwork among both majority and minority speakers from samples of carefully selected multilingual speaker communities along the main cultural watershed of Europe, on both sides of the great East-West frontier and in different socio-political contexts. The central aim of the project is to create an easily applicable measurement instrument, the European Language Vitality Barometer (EuLaViBar), which can be used for the investigation of further language situations within and outside Europe. The project will also create a novel dataset for future research and will substantially contribute to the international networking of early-career researchers. Above all, by departing from the reality of multilingualism and focusing on multicultural identities and the agency of individual speakers, the project will contribute to the practical and scholarly understanding of the mechanisms of language diversity in an unprecedented way.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 781 517
Administrative Contact
Anneli Sarhimaa (Dr.)

Participants (7)

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 514 650,24
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Riho Grünthal (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 243 283,50
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Laakso (Prof.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 217 680
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karl Pajusalu (Prof.)
Stiftelsen Ålands fredsinstitut
Finland
EU contribution
€ 264 516
Address
Hamngatan 4
221 01 Mariehamn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sia Spiliopoulou åkermark (Prof.)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 444 840
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arto Eljander (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 129 720
Address
Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Kolláth (Prof.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 73 059,26
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jarmo Lainio (Prof.)