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Advancing the European Multilingual Experience

Objective

"The project Advancing The European Multilingual Experience (AThEME) takes an integrated approach towards the study of multilingualism in Europe by incorporating and combining linguistic, cognitive and sociological perspectives; by studying multilingualism in Europe at three different levels of societal magnitude, viz. the individual multilingual citizen, the multilingual group, and the multilingual society; by using a palate of research methodologies, ranging from fieldwork methods to various experimental techniques and advanced EEG/ERP technologies.

This integrated approach towards the study of multilingualism is grounded in the idea that multilingualism in Europe has many facets. AThEME will cover the different forms of multilingualism in Europe by developing new lines of inquiry on regional/minority languages, heritage languages, languages spoken by bi-/multi-lingual speakers with communicative disorders, and languages spoken by bi-/multi-linguals at different stages of development and life. These lines of inquiry will provide (partial) answers to fundamental questions, including: What does it mean to be bilingual? How and why do people succeed or fail in learning another language? How can we help speakers maintain their regional/heritage language and reach proficient multilingualism? What are the reciprocal effects of multilingualism and cognition? Are there cognitive benefits of multilingualism for senior citizens? How does multilingualism ""interact with"" communicative disorders? Which societal factors have a major impact on successful maintenance of regional/heritage languages?

Answers to these questions provided within the context of AThEME will provide a firm basis for assessing existing public policies and practices within major areas such as education and health and contribute to evidence-based policy-making. AThEME aims to raise societal awareness of multilingualism through building on the successful model of academic public engagement provided by the program Bilingualism Matters."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/public policy
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 661 100
Administrative Contact
Monique Van Der Arend (Mrs.)

Participants (16)

UNIVERSITE DE NANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 307 160
Address
Quai De Tourville 1
44035 Nantes Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elodie Hervio (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 310 404
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Burger Brigitte (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 352 149
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alison Merrett (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 320 224
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patel Nisha (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 346 658
Address
Universitatsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Leib (Mrs.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 144 800
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marion Haring (Mrs.)
UNIVERZA V NOVI GORICI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 333 732
Address
Vipavska Cesta 13 Rozna Dolina
5000 Nova Gorica
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aljaž Rener (Mr.)
BCBL BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 245 430
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi 69 2
20009 San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Arocena (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 315 851
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Martin Garcia (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 498 994
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pascaline Toutois (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 166 392
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charo Sanchez (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 281 787
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roberto Zamparelli (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 298 475
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milena Zanardi (Ms.)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 176 980
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Reuben Almeida (Mr.)
DE TAALSTUDIO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 137 654
Address
Noordeinde 50
1141 AN Monnickendam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maaike Verrips (Dr.)
SVEUCILISTE U RIJECI, FILOZOFSKI FAKULTET U RIJECI
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 102 200
Address
Sveucilisna Avenija 4
51000 Rijeka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivana Ilijasic Versic (Ms.)