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Synchronic Linguistics: Introduction to Multilingualism in Society

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

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

- understand key concepts in the field of bi-/multilingualism from a social perspective
- be able to reflect about language policies and debates in educational contexts
- have acquired knowledge about migrants' linguistic practices and their (de)valorisation in the host society
- understand the localised uses of English in popular culture produced in multilingual contexts
- be able to observe and reflect about language practices in their social contexts, with a focus on Switzerland and Lausanne
- be able to comprehend an original research article
- collect and analyse data to shed light on the linguistic landscape of a city 

- have developed the ability to present their research results in written form


This course offers an introduction to multilingualism for students interested in understanding the role of English in multilingual societies. After defining bi- and multilingualism from a social perspective, we will look into multilingualism in the domains of popular culture, migration, commerce and education. The overall goal is to critically understand current linguistic policies and practices, with special emphasis on our own social environments and the city of Lausanne.


Compulsory readings will be posted on Moodle throughout the course. There is no need to buy a textbook.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Nouveau plan: avoir suivi le cours IELL (Introduction to English Language and Linguistics)

Informations supplémentaires


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