The Language Study Unit is devoted to the analysis of how linguistic systems, languages and language varieties coexist and are related to one another within society, groups and individuals. It emphasizes research in the field of language contact and face-to- face interaction in multilingual contexts, as well as language acquisition and learning, as they are exemplified in the area of South Tyrol.
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Data-driven research is based both on qualitative and quantitative approaches, which range from ethnographic fieldwork to statistical analysis; examined phenomena –code-choice and code-switching, learner and ethnic varieties, institutional and informal communication, among others – are analyzed from a systemic perspective, so as to provide explanations for the complexity and regularities of language use.
The centre also cooperates with local institutions providing its expertise in language matters and monitors the multilingual orientation of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
The Document of the ‘Radein-Initiative’ was opened to discussion at the “International Symposium on Bilingualism” ISB8 in Oslo, in a panel held Saturday, the 18/06/2011.
More than 60 scholars attended the panel and expressed the wish to share the document and to discuss it widely. The initiative aims at giving directions for future research, opening the filed to interdisciplinary research.
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Dissertation by Ingeborg Bauer Polo
"Sprachliche Monographie der Fersentaler deutschen Gemeinden im Trentino"
The dissertation which has been written in 1962 has never been published; however it is here available now: