Večjezičnost velja is one of the 18 branches of the Bilingualism Matters network, founded in 2008 by Antonella Sorace. It brings together researchers, educators, parents, librarians, children, pupils and students to share knowledge about multilingualism between generations, different professions and fields. In this way, multilingualism is promoted locally and globally. Most importantly, access to reliable information enables different stakeholders to make informed political, professional or personal decisions about multilingualism and language learning - decisions based on facts rather than prejudices, misconceptions or superficial interpretations of scientific research.


We support multilingual individuals, families and communities by researching, answering questions and ensuring that our research findings come alive among people: We disseminate them through talks, websites and videos, materials and workshops for children and adults.


The Slovenian branch of Bilingualism Matters Network includes researchers from the Center for Cognitive Linguistics at the College of Nova Gorica. You too can participate in this project! We invite everyone interested in multilingualism to join us in our important task. Together we will network schools, associations and organizations and support parents, children, teachers, politicians and business people in their quest for multilingualism.


Every one of us is bilingual. You don't believe it? Surely you know at least a few words in one of the many foreign languages. Maybe a greeting, maybe the numbers to ten, maybe a name for a dish, or - heaven forbid - a swear word. Does that make you bilingual already? Not exactly, but it’s a start! After all, in addition to your native dialect, you're also proficient in the standard version of your native language - and studies show that the cognitive benefits of multiple dialects are comparable to the benefits of mastering multiple languages.


Penka is the director of the Slovenian branch Bilingualism Matters. She researches how the meaning of words varies according to speech acts and how the use of one language affects another in multilingual speakers.

Penka Stateva

Arthur focuses on how the multilingual brain works and discovers the benefits of owning multiple languages. He specialises in psycholinguistics, multilingualism and syntax and uses theoretical and experimental approaches to research them.

Arthur Stepanov

Matic helps shape research on multilingualism, maintains the website, and organizes both popular and scholarly lectures and workshops on multilingualism.

Matic Pavlič

Alessandra contributes to designing and carrying out research on multilingualism, she also collaborates in the teaching activities. She's interested in the multilingual processing of the interplay of speech properties and pragmatics.

Alessandra Zappoli

Sara investigates multilingualism with a focus on its cognitive benefits and on the aspects of discourse processing. She has experience with administering behavioral tests to bilingual children as well as adults. She also contributes to the dissemination of research results in the community.

Sara Andreetta

Greta is interested in cognitive aspects related to second language acquisition and in the pragmatic advantages of bilinguals. Her main research field is experimental pragmatics and she carried out a variety of experiments with multiple techniques. She is also involved in teaching and participated in several international conferences presenting data on bilingualism.

Greta Mazzaggio

Through scientific research, we contribute to language policy formulation and raise the value and awareness of multilingualism among language policy makers, health and education professionals, academics and the general public. We work with many established partners and individuals.


We are currently participating in two ARRS projects:

(1) Language Transfer project of Pragmatic Elements: Speakers of Slovene in a Multilingual Environment, led by Penka Stateva (2020-2023) and funded by ARRS.

(2) Acquisition of a minority language in a multilingual context, led by Arthur Stepanov (2021-2024) and funded by ARRS.

The work of our branch "Večjezičnost velja" has been supported by two grants so far. From 2014 to 2019, members of our team participated in the Atheme project led by Arthur Stepanov and funded by Seventh Framework Program from European Union for research, technological development and demonstration projects under grant number 613465 (https: //www.atheme.eu/#top).



You can follow our thoughts on language, language acquisition, and bilingualism here. Science could be dry if it was not presented in an accessible and entertaining way. Use our posts in class or during a presentation - but you can also just browse the blog and have fun. If you have come across an interesting anecdote about multilingualism yourself and have a knack for writing and/or photographing it, please send us your text and/or image so we can publish it.


The library contains scientific and popular articles that we have published in various Slovenian and foreign journals. We consider it important to make the data on which our findings are based accessible: you can check whether they are not just subjective beliefs, but scientifically based opinions and recommendations. You are cordially invited to read them!

Bilingualism matters Consulting and dissemination centre for multilingualism

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The projects carried out by our Center "Večjezičnost velja" are partly financed by the Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia.
The projects implemented by our Center "Večjezičnost velja" are partly financed by the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration projects.

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