News & Papers

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Meetings & Conferences

Panel with Anja Pesch at the 13th Linguistic Landscape Workshop (7-9 September 2022 at Universität Hamburg: LL in Early Childhood Education and Care: Representations of multilingualism and linguistic diversity

Panel with Brigitta Busch on Language and Trauma at Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 (Ghent, July 2022)

Watch selected talks and conference presentations:
Language maintenance in foster care (ISB, Video, mp4 - #ISB13)

And the subject speaks to you (AILA, Symp160) And the subject speaks to you (Video mp4, with captions)

Media & Language Policy

For many people, community media represent a way of combining participation in a society with learning relevant skills, including languages. But media are also important environments for the representation of languages, including language policy regulations.

We are currently piloting a project on Anti-racist strategies in Community Media in connection with the Racism Monitoring activities of the DEZIM (in German) / German Institute for Integration and Migration Research.

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Media & Language Policy

Family Language Policy

Transferproject with Research Unit "Emerging Grammars in Language-Contact Situations: A Comparative View" granted

In German: DFG-Transferprojekt in Forschungsgruppe bewilligt, Zur Pressemeldung Link

How and why are which languages ​​passed on to children? And what do the children and grandchildren say? Publication, resources and links to a growing field of research:

Multilingual Families

Prof. Dr. Judith Purkarthofer

Sociolinguistics, multilingualism research, biography research, ethnography, creative methods, educational institutions, community media

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About me
Beschilderung von Sprachinstituten
CC BY-NC Judith Purkarthofer

Linguistic Integration?

Language unites and separates - often at the same time. Research deals with linguistic expressions of inclusions and exclusions (e.g. conversation research or discourse analysis), as well as with their social and political implications (e.g. biography research, ethnography, language policy, etc.). On the subject:

Linguistic Integration
Zweisprachige Aufschriften und Ressourcen in einer Grundschule
CC BY-NC Judith Purkarthofer

Language Organization

In multilingual child care centers and schools, but also in radio stations, associations and companies, the organization of different languages ​​plays an important role: which languages ​​are represented where? What is legally regulated, what is explicitly specified and what results from its use? More on

Language Organization
Library of Congress: Words are also actions and actions are a kind of words

Language Rights

Language rights secure people's participation in public life and protect against discrimination, they ensure the free choice of language in the family and ensure that children and adults are supported in learning new languages. Read more on

Language Rights