TEAM

The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) funds LAMiNATE‚Äôs research program entitled Transdisciplinary Approaches to Learning, Acquisition, Multilingualism (TEAM) 2024-2029. Lead by PI, Marianne Gullberg, and Co-PI, Jonas Granfeldt, the program consists of seven subprojects, with the overarching aim of developing a transdisciplinary model of variation in acquisition and multilingualism. 

Summary
Learning and speaking other languages provides new opportunities in life. However, achieving skill in a new language and multilingual ease is a slow and meandering process, and harder for some than for others. Why should this be? Surprisingly, research does not yet provide clear answers to that question. Language acquisition and multilingualism are complex phenomena, and yet are often studied as if single factors (e.g. age, socioeconomic status) could explain all variation found. Moreover, these phenomena are soften studied in separate disciplines with little mutual contact, leading to a fragmentation of knowledge. This partly explains the lack of clear answers. The research programme TEAM will therefore apply a transdiciplinary approach to study the complex interaction between linguistic, cognitive, neurological and social prerequisites that underpin language acquisition and multilingualism at the level of the individual and of social interaction. Empirically, we will examine language production and comprehension, motivation and linguistic social activities in children and adults, in typical and atypical populations, speaking one or several languages. Both behavioural and neurocognitive methods are applied. The ultimate goal is to propose an empirically based integrated, transdisciplinary model of variation in acquisition and multilingualism to generate new hypotheses and guide applied and translational research forward. 

Swedish summary on the RJ website.

TEAM PI
Marianne Gullberg, Joint faculties of humanities and theology, Centre for languages and literature, General linguistics; Lund university Humanities Lab
TEAM Co-PI
Jonas Granfeldt, Joint faculties of humanities and theology, Centre for languages and literature, French

Subproject PIs

Kristina Hansson, Faculty of Medicine, Logopedics, Phoniatrics and Audiology
Henrik Gyllstad, Joint faculties of humanities and theology, Centre for languages and literature, English
Alastair Henry, Joint faculties of humanities and theology, Centre for languages and literature, Engelska
Roger Johansson, Faculty of social sciences, Psychology
Mikael Roll, Joint faculties of humanities and theology, Centre for languages and literature, English

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