The Bilingual Mind group is the host of the new branch of Bilingualism Matters at the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU). The aim of Bilingualism Matters is to bridge the gap between researchers and the community by communicating what we know about bilingualism and second language learning in order to enable people to make informed decisions.
This branch has been launched within the Advancing the European Multilingual Experience project (AThEME, FP7-SSH-2013-1 Project Nē 613465) which investigates cognitive, linguistic andsociological issues in multilingual Europe and aims to assess existing public policies and to contribute to evidence-based policy-making. AThEME was set up with funding from the European Commission, in order to study bilingualism and multilingualism in Europe. The project will run from March 2014 until March 2019.
AThEME will use a range of methods such as linguistic analysis and psychological experiments to look at multilingualism in Europe from different perspectives. We want to raise awareness of multilingualism in policy makers, health professionals, academics and educators.
To achieve this, researchers from 17 partner institutions across 8 European countries will study multilingualism in Europe at three different levels:
ˇ The individual multilingual citizen
ˇ The multilingual group
ˇ The multilingual society