Multilingualism and space

A key dimension of linguistic facts – any linguistic facts – is space. After all, speakers have a material existence and this entails also the occupation of certain portions of geographical space. Normally, this has materialized in language distribution maps, where each language is represented as a polygon on the earth surface. However, this gives the impression that there is a reciprocally exclusive relation between languages and portions of land. Which is not the case for places in which multiple languages are used by residents.

So far, we have led one pilot project (2017-2018) and are currently carrying out a major research project that we have called KPAAM-CAM GEO (2018-2021).