This project explores social effects of day-to-day talk on language.

The doctoral study builds upon a pilot study in a terminology and communications unit in an EU institution that took place in 2018/19 in Luxembourg. In the current phase of research, trainees, tutors and the head of the same unit discuss their expectations, experience, plans and wishes linked to languages and multilingualism.

The aim is to identify risky language practices and find more efficient ways of communication at work. Ultimately, results of this collaboration should enhance initial training of newcomers and inspire innovation in management of language practices in other multinational teams.

Doctoral researcher: Veronika Lovrits, University of Luxembourg

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sabine Erhart, University of Luxembourg

Main research question: "What sociolinguistic conditions and pragmatic interests shape communication in a multilingual European workplace, and how could a metapragmatic talk about them enhance the initial training of newcomers?"


"The unimportant bits of language that link people across disjunctive events help create the space, out of which new possibilities for mutualities among strangers can emerge."

- Jan Blommaert, 2015 (The importance of unimportant language)


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