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Charles University Prague LogoThe Institute of Linguistics and Finno-Ugric Studies focuses on theoretical and methodological problems of linguistics following up on the heritage of the Prague School. This includes systematic attention to sociolinguistic issues both at the national and at the European levels. In particular, it deals with language management, linguistic minorities, and language use in multinational companies.

The Institute maintains regular contacts with sociolinguists abroad e.g. via the SOCIOLINGUISTICA (International Yearbook of European Sociolinguistics) network of correspondents or the Language Management Network comprising linguistic institutes in Central Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Two members took part in developing the Contact Linguistics handbook (1997). The supranational dimension of research is also reflected in three special issues of International Journal of the Sociology of Language edited by the members of the Institute. Recently, a new series, Prague Papers on Language, Society and Interaction (Peter Lang Verlag), has been founded by the members of the Institute. The first volume of the series, Language Management in Contact Situations, will appear in 2009.

Recent international research projects include:

  • Osteuropische Sprachen als Faktor der Wirtschaftsintegration (forost Forschungsverbund Ost- und Sdosteuropa)
  • DILING - Dimensions of Linguistic Otherness: Prospects of Maintenance and Revitalization of Minority Languages within the New Europe (FP6 project)


Institute of Linguistics and Finno-Ugric Studies
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts

nm. Jana Palacha 2

CZ-116 38 Prague 1
For LINEE: jiri.nekvapil(at)