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Our website Meertalig.nl was launched in 2014, and we form an ever expanding interactive platform for everyone dealing with multilingual children. We are experts in the field of multilingualism and language acquisition, and our team comprises linguists, psychologists, speech therapists, researchers, educators and science communicators. Apart from our website, we have developed workshops and training sessions for parents, teachers, speech therapists and other professionals dealing with multilingualism. In addition we host the Dutch branch for the international research network Bilingualism Matters, which has as its main goal to disseminate knowledge about multilingualism.
To make sure that the general public and policy makers become more and better informed about facts we know from scientific research.
In order to make more evidence based decisions, people need clear and understandable information. As it is now, many scientific results are divulged rather fragmented. Meertalig.nl tries to see to a comprehensive and understandable presentation of these results, and to close the gap between research and the general public. An example: the economic potential of multilingualism is accepted by many, though primarily for western and high status languages like English, French and Chinese. The value and potential of migrant languages must, however, not be underestimated. Something that still occurs, contrary to what’s reported by many studies about the value of maintaining these languages.
Although it has been known for quite some time that bilingualism has its benefits, we see a growing interest in early childhood bilingualism. At home as well as in education. With the Dutch Bilingualism Matters branch we participate in the European research project Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME) , that studies multilingualism in all sectors of the European community. The project aims at a better understanding of what it means to be bilingual or multilingual. Meertalig.nl will be present at the DRONGO language festival om September 30th and October 2016. There we will display more of our activities, and we are available to answer all kinds of questions about multilingualism and bilingualism.