Project

Language and legal counselling: A linguistic ethnography of multilingual support in the legal assistance to asylum seekers in Belgium

Duration
01 January 2018 → 31 December 2021
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Linguistics
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of language studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Other languages and literary studies
Keywords
multilingualism interpreting asylum seekers legal assistance language support
 
Project description

This project proposes a linguistic-­ethnographic study of multilingual practices in legal advice consultations with asylum seekers in Belgium. It investigates how the multilingual resources and strategies used by lawyers and their minority language clients are valued, managed and legitimized in these consultations, thereby aiming to develop more nuanced understandings of language support needs in migration-­related service encounters.