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Dyme is a Group of devoted Researchers and students who are interested in multilingualism with English. They work primarily at the University of Innsbruck under the lead of A.o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Jessner-Schmid. A listing of the members can be found here


*Conference 18th - 21 September 2019 in Obergurgl*

Metacognition in Multilingual Development: From multilingual children to polyglots

The DyME research group and the Department of English are pleased to invite scholars, researchers and postgraduate students working on metacognition and multilingualism to submit abstracts to the conference Metacognition in Multilingual Development: From multilingual children to polyglots, which will be held at the University Center in Obergurgel, Austria, from the 18th to 21st September 2019.

Please find the call for papers as well as futher informations about the conference at:


Press Conference on MELA Received with Great Enthusiasm

Ploner, LR Alfreider and Prof. Jessner-Schmid at the presentation of the results of the study on multilingualism with the "language dolls" that are used in the Ladin Kindergartens in order to facilitate language learning. (FOTO: LPA/Peter Daldos)

The Concept of early multilingual education in Ladin Kindergartens in Val Gardena and Val Badia is already matured and promotes the language competence and creativity of the Children. This was highlighted at the press conference of today in Bolzano by Linguist UIrike Jessner-Schmid of the University of Innsbruck. 

You can find the full article here

Professor Jessner-Schmid in an Interview with Stol.it

video-link: https://www.stol.it/Media/Videos/Intern/Studie-MeLa-Mehrsprachig-Ladinisch

Ladin Kindergartens as Role Model 

Puppen Sprachen
The three "language puppies" used in Ladin kindergartens to facilitate language learning.

The results of the Mela study, concerning the language development of Ladin Children in multilingual Kindergartens, were presented on Wednesday, 07th August, in Bolzano. Some of the central tenets are listed below. 

«We would like to have substantiated results on which to base our decisions. We want to avoid a language policy based on our gut feeling.»

«Early multilingualism has a highly positive effect on the linguistic level, not only with regard to the mother tongue, but also when learning additional languages.»

«At home I speak green, but I can also speak red and yellow!»

You can find the full article here

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