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Linguistics : Institutional Multilingualism

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

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
- understand key concepts in the field of multilingualism from a social perspective
- analyse and interpret different top-down and bottom-up multilingual strategies in institutional communication
- be able to reflect about the social implications of language practices and policies in institutions
- analyse the intersection of multilingual practices, institutional logics and wider social processes, especially migration
- be able to comprehend and critically evaluate an original research article
- present their research results in written form (at the appropriate academic level)


This course examines the construction and negotiation of multilingual practices and ideologies in different types of institutions. Studying institutional multilingualism illuminates issues of linguistic management and policy at supra-national, national, regional and local levels. The course will look at (1) state agencies of healthcare, immigration and employment serving diverse populations, (2) non-governmental organisations that offer services to migrants and asylum seekers, often as subsidiaries to the nation-state, (3) international institutions such as NGOs, international organisations and supra-national agencies, and their relationship with nation-state interests, and (4) private businesses ranging from ethnic shops to multi-nationals.


Please consult Moodle.


All compulsory readings will be posted on Moodle. You do not need to buy a textbook.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL)
Development of the English Language (Diachronic Linguistics)

Informations supplémentaires


Canton de Vaud
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