The Department conducts research in the fields of language acquisition and language teaching, multilingual competences, social and institutional issues regarding linguistic diversity as well as languages in contact and the description of minority languages.

These research projects are anchored in various disciplines: psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language didactics and dialectology.

Numerous projects are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) as well as the Research Center on Multilingualism (RCM) which is supported by the University of Fribourg and the Fribourg University of Teaching Education.

The Department's research comprises five thematic groups: