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The Sociolinguistics of Globalisation

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
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 familiar with the main tenets of critical sociolinguistic ethnography
- understand the transformations in the role of language under certain socio-political, historical and economic conditions
- understand how people's linguistic resources are (de)valorized across geographical and social spaces
- have acquired knowledge about the construction of multilingualism by supranational organisations
- be able to observe and reflect about language practices in their social contexts, including their own
- be able to critically discuss an original research article


At the turn of the 21st century, the new service-based economy, geographical mobility and supranational politics have challenged how we use and how we think of language in society. Language practices and ideologies have changed owing to intensifying interconnections between places and people across the globe. In this course, we will explore language in late modernity from a critical sociolinguistic lens. This approach articulates language, understood as communicative practices in our social lives, to broader social processes such as labour division.

This course will deal with language under globalisation in three domains: first, the new service-based economy in which language work becomes central; second, transnational mobilities across national and linguistic borders; and third, supranational politics that go beyond the nation-state framework and require multilingualism.


Article review (20%) and Final essay (80%)


All compulsory readings will be posted on Moodle. You do not need to buy a textbook. In preparation for the course, you can consult these references: Blommaert, J. (2010). The Sociolinguistics of Globalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Duchêne, A. & Heller, M. (2012). Multilingualism and the new economy. In M. Martin-Jones, A. Blackledge, A. & A. Creese (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Multililingualism (pp. 369-383). New York: Routledge. Pujolar, J. (2007). Bilingualism and the nation-state in the post-national era. In M. Heller (Ed.). Bilingualism: A Social Approach (pp. 71-95). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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