Fields of research
Fields of research

 

The Linguamón-UOC Chair in Multilingualism continues to develop its linguistic engineering project. Since 2008, the Chair has been implementing its "Integration of technology for the creation of multilingual virtual communication spaces with machine translation" project. It has also developed a second project, "The automatic extraction of terminology for including resource-limited languages in EU-focused multilingual glossaries". The Linguamón-UOC Chair in Multilingualism seeks to emphasise the use of language technologies, as they are essential in guaranteeing access for everyone to content and services: no community should be discriminated against in accessing information and everyone has the right to benefit from the knowledge society. According to the premises of the EU, “language technologies are, today, an essential tool in conserving Europe’s rich cultural heritage and, at the same time, a source of future economic growth”. It is therefore clear that priority should be given to research into the field of information and communication technologies.


Another of our fields of research is in multilingualism and business. In fact, one of the main strands of EU multilingualism policy is to promote multilingual skills in businesses, the lack of which, according to the ELAN report, is a significant obstacle to their international competitiveness. The recommendations of the Business Forum for Multilingualism, Companies work better with languages, underline the importance of this goal and the need to coordinate public and private efforts to this end. In order to ascertain the level of multilingualism in Catalan business, the Catalan Ministry of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise, the Secretariat of Language Policy, Linguamón – House of Languages and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, with Professor Steven Hagen (lead researcher of the ELAN report) as consultant carried out a study of management of multilingualism in Catalonia's enterprises.

 


The main goals of this study, ELAN.CAT study, have been:

 

  •  to understand the economic impact of language and cultural barriers in business and their relationship with the businesses’ size and area of activity,
  • to find out what impact the availability of staff with skills in different languages has on the development of commercial relationships, and
  • to ascertain the importance of different languages in the context of business relations and communications.

 


View the list of reports and papers presenting the results of the study.

 

Multilingualism and youth



The Chair is working on two lines: the first deals with the motivations to facilitate language learning. This line has resulted in a series of conferences on the issue (you can watch the recordings on our YouTube channel) and the publication of a collection of articles on research in the area, translated into Catalan. The Chair has also translated and published Zoltán Dörnyei's Motivational strategies in the language classroom (in Catalan and Spanish). In its second line of research, the Chair has published Multilingües des del bressol ("Multilingual from Birth"), which summaries the criteria and recommendations of studies and research into the bilingual and multi-lingual education of children and is illustrated by a dozen case studies.