News & Papers

Inaugural lecture on social deixis: academic party in June 2023!

Public event in March 2023: Familiensprachenstark! Get some Impressions

New book: Speaking Subjects in Multilingualism Research: Biographical and Speaker-centred Approaches edited with Mi-Cha Flubacher

Meetings & Conferences

Next up:

IPrA 2023 in Brussels: I'll give  talk in the panel Meaning-making in the family: Crossing methods and disciplines (chaired by Luk Van Mensel and Eline Zenner)

We are happy to announce that the final conference of the DFG-funded Research Unit "Emerging Grammars in Language Contact Situations" ( on "Linguistic Variability in Heritage Language Research" (RUEG2023) will take place on 26th-28th September 2023 online and on-site at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Watch selected talks and conference presentations here - most recent: In/Exclusively addressing the other in disseminating linguistic results (RUEG, Juli 2022)


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

New research network in the making: Family language policy is online: resources for parents, educators and teachers! Come and explore!

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