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This research group grew out of a synergy between international scholars (i.e., ACLC, LUCL, USCD) interested in the study of the human language capacity in a variety of ecologies involving multilingualism, language contact, and code-switching/mixing, and in how the interaction between the bilingual (or bimodal) mind and these ecologies leads to linguistic changes.

Key objectives

  • We offer a forum that allows cross-pollination and development of inter/multi-disciplinary methods or analyses to the multi-lingual/modal mind.
  • We bring together experts of different persuasion or competing methodologies to collectively focus on specific empirical and theoretical issues.
  • We take a critical look at existing theories and empirical observations with the objective of developing more ecologically valid paradigms both experimentally and theoretically.


In collaboration with members of the NWO awarded project Crossing Language Borders: A Quest for the Human Language Capacity in West Africa and Central America, we train and mentor BA/MA students in Benin and Belize. We raise public awareness on aspects of multilingualism and code-switching/mixing during various public (online) events.  


Upcoming Workshop: Turkish in Contact on March 27-28, 2024. You can find the event page here.

Coordinator and group members

Coordinator: Enoch O. Aboh

Current members:

  • Suzanne Aalberse (ACLC)
  • Enoch O. Aboh (ACLC)
  • Felix Ameka (LUCL)
  • Julia Bacskai-Atkari (ACLC)
  • Corrine Foko-Mokam (ACLC)
  • Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto (LUCL)
  • Renzo Ego Aguirre Santa Cruz (LUCL)
  • Anne Beatty Martinez (USCD)