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Language and Migration

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Anita Auer
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2016 -> 2016

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Upon completion of the course students should be able to
- analyse and interpret contextualised findings as well as current concerns and challenges in the study of language and migration;
- understand key concepts in the research field of language and migration, particularly with respect to different theoretical and methodological approaches;
- apply existing theoretical frameworks and models in new settings and contexts, and critically evaluate the new applications of those theories;
- compile/collect datasets and use them appropriately in order to shed light on the research field of language and migration;
- present their research results both orally and in written form (at the appropriate academic level).


This course explores the important relationship between language and migration. The topic will be approached from 3 different angles: (1) We will be concerned with the way in which patterns of migration are influenced by language. (2) We will focus on how language is shaped by migration, i.e. notably a nation's language as well as language situations of individuals. (3) Attention will also be paid to the way in which we talk about migration and how language is used as a tool to marginalise migrants. Related to these angles, we will be concerned with population movements, models of language contact, language learning and attrition, multilingualism, language choice and language shift, language maintenance and loss, as well as the effect of policies on migrants and their languages.
You will thus be familiarised with a wide range of different linguistic frameworks and different research methods that allow you to investigate the relationship between language and migration. As part of this course, we will also carry out fieldwork in the Canton de Vaud, notably under the guidance of one of the leading international scholars in the field of language attrition Dr. Merel Keijzer (Groningen).


Details regarding evaluation will be discussed in the first class of this course. The information will be provided on Moodle.


The main text used in this course is the following:

Appel, René & Pieter Muysken. 2005. Language Contact and Bilingualism. Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam Academic Archive.

The book can be downloaded here: http://dare.uva.nl/cgi/arno/show.cgi?fid=171958

Additional course reading will be discussed in the first class of this course. Details will then be provided on Moodle.

Informations supplémentaires


Canton de Vaud
Swiss University
Unicentre  -  CH-1015 Lausanne  -  Suisse  -  Tél. +41 21 692 11 11  -  Fax  +41 21 692 26 15