Institute for Language & Communication

ILC Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons


The Institute for Langage and Communication (ILC) brings together researchers specializing in the study of a wide variety of language forms and communicative practices: conversational, scholarly, media, artistic, etc.

Linguists study how language works, whether written, spoken or sign language. They also study how languages vary from one another, and how each language varies according to the context in which it is used. This knowledge can be applied, among other things, to language acquisition.

We analyze the evolution of forms of communication (based on image, sound, text and their combination) and the role of mediated communication in the organization of institutions and human societies.

Our researchers study the use of technology to understand how it affects the way we communicate, obtain information, work and learn, and to design the technologies of tomorrow.
technologies of tomorrow.

We access language through discourses, which are concrete forms of language, produced in a social, political, economic and media context. Discourse is influenced by context, but it also enables us to modify that context, and thus to act on the world.

The ILC's main lines of research can be seen in the annual annual report, without forgetting the specificities of each researcher.


Institut Langage et Communication

Secteur des sciences humaines


Pierre Fastrez

Collège Erasme
Place Cardinal Mercier 31, boîte L3.03.02,
1348, Louvain-la-Neuve

Pôle de recherche en communication(PCOM)
Pôle de recherche en linguistique(PLIN)
Media Innovation & Intelligibility Lab(MIIL)
Centre de traitement automatique du langage(TALN)