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Advancing the European Multilingual Experience

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."

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)

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UNIVERSITE DE NANTES

France

EU Contribution

€ 307 160

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 310 404

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 352 149

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 320 224

UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 346 658

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 144 800

UNIVERZA V NOVI GORICI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 333 732

BCBL BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 245 430

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 315 851

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 498 994

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 166 392

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 281 787

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 298 475

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 176 980

DE TAALSTUDIO BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 137 654

SVEUCILISTE U RIJECI, FILOZOFSKI FAKULTET U RIJECI

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 102 200

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613465

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2014

  • End date

    28 February 2019

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 403 830,80

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 990

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands