School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Society

What does it really mean to be multilingual, and what are the opportunities and challenges of multilingualism for individuals and society?

The Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) project aims to provide answers to these questions and so change attitudes towards multilingualism and multiculturalism throughout society and amongst key policy-makers.

The project will have many different strands carried out by different institutions and partners. For details of the whole project see:

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University of Nottingham led research

The project strand at Nottingham focuses on people’s beliefs and behaviour in regard to what is “good” and “bad” or “wrong” and “right” language, in the languages people speak – at home, the language they learn in primary school, and in foreign languages that they may learn later and use in work and study.

We’re especially interested in the way that mastering a “standard” written language is often seen as a passport to opportunities in education and career, and yet it’s constantly being challenged.

Nottingham project team

  • Professor Nicola McLelland
    Professor of German and History of Linguistics
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Other academics will become part of the project as it develops.

Nottingham partners

We will be working closely with several partner organisations in Nottingham including:

Project funders

Arts and Humanties Research Council


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