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Guus Extra


1973 …2017
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Guus Extra holds the Chair of Language and Minorities at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, in the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture Studies. From 1998-2008, he was Director of Babylon, Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society ( Guus Extra has an extensive record in research and publications on second language acquisition, first language use/maintenance/loss by immigrant minority groups, and multilingualism and education, both at the national (Dutch) and the European level. He also has an extensive record in coordinating research in these domains, both at the national and the European level. He was a member of the steering committees for the Dutch Science Foundation Programme on Multilingualism and Minorities in the Netherlands (1988-1994) and for the DSF Programme on The Multicultural and Pluriform Society (1998-2002). He was also a member of the international management team for the European Science Foundation Programme on Second Language Acquisition by Adult Immigrants (1982-1988) and coordinator of the Multilingual Cities Project funded by the European Cultural Foundation (1998-2004). From 1982, he supervised 34 successfully defended dissertations and acted as a referee of research proposals and grant applications for the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the Flemish Science Foundation (NFWO), the European Science Foundation (ESF), and the South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD). He spent sabbaticals in the non-European English-dominant immigration contexts of the USA (Stanford/California, 1978/1979), South Africa (Durban/Kwazulu Natal, 1997), and Australia (Melbourne/Victoria, 2006). He has given conference keynotes, guest lectures, seminars or workshops in each of these three countries, in 16 out of 27 European Union countries, in Morocco and in Japan.

Research interests

Status and use of minority languages, bilingualism and bilingual development, multilingualism and education

Afscheidsrede/valedictory address 24 juni 2011

Publications 1973-1995


  • Dutch As A Second Language
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Multilingualism
  • Language Acquisition
  • Migrants
  • Minorities
  • Bilingualism
  • Language And Minorities

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Research Output 1973 2017

Language Policy and Education in the New Europe

Extra, G., 2017, Language Policy and Political Issues in Education: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. McCarty, T., Teresa, L. & May, S. (eds.). 3 ed. Springer International Publishing, Vol. 1. p. 331-347 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

The Constellation of Languages in Europe: Comparative Perspectives on Regional and Immigrant Minority Languages

Extra, G., 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Language Education: From Innovation to Program Building. Kagan, O., Carreira, M. M. & Hitchens Chik, C. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 11-21 10 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Trends in policies and practices for multilingualism in Europe: Aims and design of the Language Rich Europe Project and key outcomes for Italy

Extra, G., 2015, Plurilinguismo: Sintassi. Bruno, C., Casini, S. & Gallina, F. (eds.). Rome: Bulzoni, p. 21-49 28 p. (Società di Linguistica Italiana; vol. 59).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access

Language-rich Europe: Key findings and discussion

Extra, G. & Yagmur, K., 2013, In : European Journal of Language Policy. 5, 1, p. 115-127 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Mapping increasing linguistic diversity in multicultural Europe and abroad

Extra, G., 2013, Current multilingualism: A new linguistic dispensation. Singleton, D. M., Fishman, J. A., Aronin, L. & Ó Laoire, M. (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 24 p. (Contributions to the sociology of language; no. 102).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Activities 2003 2003

  • 1 Oral presentation

Anniversary Conference of Tilburg University: Sustainable ties in the information society

Guus Extra (Speaker)
26 Mar 2003

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Projects 1992 2010