Presentation of the Institute

The Institute aims to combine the efforts of all UMONS scientists, not only to develop research activities concerned with language, but also to address and develop scientific research in all domains by way of multi- and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Institute’s research regards language as an “ability”, which individuals possess in order to communicate with others, and as a “system”, which, although originally resulting from communicative exchanges between people, is imposed on the speaker through their belonging to a community. Therefore, language can be considered as an object of study in itself, rather than just considering who is using it.

The Institute’s research aims to describe and understand language as well as develop methods and devices for language analysis, processing, simulation, modification, support, education and care.