Areas addressed include bilingualism in the family, bilingual education, second language acquisition and Swedish as a second language for children and adults, young people’s language and language use in multilingual context, second and foreign language teaching, language attrition in bilinguals, language maintenance and shift, language ideologies, minority language policies, and multilingualism and education in developing countries, thus covering psycholinguistic, cognitive and neurolinguistic, sociolinguistic, and educational and teaching-related aspects of multilingualism.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism is a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary unit within the language section of the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University, since 2013 located at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism. Its basic funding is governmental via the faculty’s budget, but a considerable share of its research and educational activities is funded externally. Presentations of ongoing projects are given underr Current research, and further information and links can be found at the pages of individual researchers (see Researchers and PhD students: Academic staff). The research activities are also mirrored in the list of publications by researchers at the Centre. Some of the earlier larger projects, that are now completed, dealt with adult immigrants’ acquisition of Swedish as a Second Language, bilingualism among the elderly demented, bilingual development in schoolage children, Saami minority first language aquisition, and multilingualism and primary education in Mozambique. Current projects include, for example, language acquisition and use among advanced second language speakers, the role of age of acquisition, electroencephalographic (EEG) studies of bilingual grammatical processing and phonetic and grammatical processing in international adoptees, the relation between language and thought in bilinguals, transnational multilingualism, translanguaging and multilingual/inter-cultural communication, and multilingualism and education in the Global South. In addition, part of the Centre’s work is concerned with evaluation services and foundational reports for governmental and other political committees (see the Governmental commissions section).

The Centre provides courses in Bilingualism and Swedish as a Second Language at the undergraduate level (first and second cycle) and offers a fulll PhD program in Bilingualism. This program is typically attended by both Swedish and international postgraduate students with diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds.

The Centre co-operates with individual departments both at Stockholm University and at other universities in Sweden and internationally.