Multilingualism as a problematic resource

Multilingualism as a problematic resource is a research project in the Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä. The project consists of a number of more specific research ventures focusing on different aspects of multilingualism.

The project aims at a re-theorization of multilingualism in complex, multi-ethnic and linguistically varied societies, involving the theoretical and methodological contributions of professor Jan Blommaert, an internationally highly acclaimed scholar and the visiting professor of the Department of Languages in 2007–2010.

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland as part of the Finland Distinguished Professor, FiDiPro funding programme (2007-2011).

The project approaches the sociolinguistic situation in Finland from a dual perspective:

  • Multilingualism as a source of problems for individuals, groups and social institutions
  • Multilingualism as a social and communicative resource which is important for identity, agency and equity.