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Linguistics : Language Policy

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2019 -> 2019

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, the students will have acquired the knowledge and skills to:

- understand the intersection of language practice, language ideology and language management from a critical perspective
- describe and analyse the complex factors that shape language-related decisions at individual, local, national and supra-national levels
- reflect on the social and political implications of attempts to manage language behaviour
- analyse and interpret language policy and planning in various contexts
- be able to comprehend and critically read an original research article
- present their research results in oral and written form (at the appropriate academic level)


In a world characterized by multilingualism and variation, language management is pervasive, ranging from institutional attempts to shape linguistic behavior and impose or ban certain uses and varieties to the self-regimentation of families and individuals about which language varieties to use with whom. Departing from a critical perspective, this course examines the main debates in language policy and planning, including the role of language in national identity, the rights of linguistic minorities, the impact of English as a lingua franca, or the challenges of multilingual provision for migrants. We will discuss data from a variety of contexts, zooming into our European and Swiss context. The course will be organised into three sections: 1) language policy in European supranational organisations after Brexit, 2) nation-state language policy and its implementation in different domains, and 3) non-governmental language policy, including the private sector and bilingual families.


Case study (in pairs) 30%
Final essay (individual) 70%

More details will be provided in our course description.


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

Informations supplémentaires


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