Professor Li Wei

I am a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Institute of Education, University of London. I worked for many years in the Department of Speech of Newcastle University where I received my PhD in Speech Sciences.

My main research interest is in the broad area of bilingualism and multilingualism, which includes Bilingual and Multilingual First Language Acquisition (BAMFLA), early second language acquisition (ESLA), speech and language disorders of bilingual and multilingual speakers, the pragmatics of codeswitching, bilingual education, and intercultural communication. My current work focuses on the creativity and criticality of multilingual and multimodal language users.

I am a member of Panel A (Psychology, Education, Linguistics) of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) research grants assessment panels. I chaired the Linguistics Subject Panel for the ESRC main recognition exercise for postgraduate research training in 2005 and the interim exercise in 2007. I have also been a member of the Language and Communication Study Section, Biobehaviour and Behavioural Processes Integrated Review Group, Centre for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, USA.

I founded the International Symposia on Bilingualism in 1997 and is Chair of the ISB Steering Committee (2005-2011). ISB has now taken place in Newcastle, UK (1997, 1999), Bristol, UK (2001), Tempe, Arizona, USA (2003), Barcelona, Spain (2005), Hamburg, Germany (2007), Utrecht, The Netherlands (2009), and will take place in Oslo, Norway in 2011 and Singapore in 2013.

I am Principal Editor of the International Journal of Bilingualism (Sage). I am also book series editor for the Blackwell Guides to Research Methods in Language and Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell) and Child Language and Child Development (Multilingual Matters). Amongst my publications are Li Wei and Moyer, M. (eds) The Blackwell Handbook of Research Methods on Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008, which won the British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize in 2009, and The Bilingualism Reader. (1st edition, 2000, 2nd edition 2007) London: Routledge.

You can find out more about me and the work I do on my web site at Institute of Education, UCL.

Direct contact: Li Wei