The project aims at:

  • a critical theoretical and empirical reinvigoration of research on multilingualism in Finland building on recent work in sociolinguistics, the study of discourse, ethnography and second language acquisition research
  • conducting detailed empirical investigations of the processes and patterns of multilingualism in its varied contexts in Finland
  • shedding light on both more ‘global’ processes and patterns of multilingualism as well on the role and position of various languages and linguistic variation in the life of individuals and groups
  • addressing language diversity and multilingualism in the Finnish society on both the micro and macro level of social practices and processes.

Multilingualism is approached from three different, albeit complementary points of view: