Multilingualism is a central concept for my research, as I consider that there is no natural language setting without elements and phenomena related to multilingualism. My approach is situated in the fields of sociolinguistics and ethnolinguistics. I am particularly interested in language contact phenomena in educational contexts seen in a broader view, from school (linguistic ecology of the classroom) to the family (family language policy). In addition, I consider the multilingual workplace as a setting which fosters the personal development with a high potential for language appropriation (learning and acquisition of new languages for special purposes).
My most important publications are from the field of creolistics and the study of contact languages in different geographic settings (Europe, Africa and the South Pacific). I try to communicate the findings of my research in different study programs on language awareness and intercultural communication I deliver to future teachers or future stakeholders of cultural activities in Luxembourg, Madagascar and Oceania.
I am a member of different research councils and it is with pleasure that I spend a lot of my time evaluating, advising and encouraging young researchers.