Research on translation, interpreting and multilingual communication

Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics



BIAL (Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics) is a research group within the Linguistics and Literature Department of the VUB that conducts applied linguistic research with a focus on transculturalism. We define transculturalism as a form of cultural hybridity which emerges when different cultural elements interact and eventually integrate with each other. Since Brussels is a natural melting pot of cultures, the emphasis on transculturalism is contained in the B of BIAL ("Brussels").

We approach our overarching research theme from different angles. The research can be categorised according to the following lines of enquiry.