The Sociolinguistics of Higher Education

Language Policy and Internationalisation in Catalonia

  • Josep Soler
  • Lídia Gallego-Balsà

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About this book


This book investigates the sociolinguistic dimension of the internationalisation of higher education, examining the linguistic tensions and ambiguities experienced by universities around the world, particularly in non-anglophone contexts. Joining current debates within discursive and ethnographic approaches to language policy, the authors analyse the narrative emerging from university language policy documents, and then trace the stance-taking processes of different stakeholders at a small university in Catalonia. They pay particular attention to how teachers, administrative staff, and exchange students position themselves in connection to the role of Catalan and its coexistence with other languages at the university. This book will be of interest to language policy scholars and practitioners, as well as graduate students in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics

Josep Soler is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of English, Stockholm University, Sweden. His main research interests cover the areas of language policy and linguistic ideologies; he has recently focused on the role of English in the internationalisation of higher education, and on the study of practices and ideologies in multilingual families.

Lídia Gallego-Balsà is a Post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Lleida, Spain. Her interests include multilingualism, language policy, internationalisation, interculturality, discourse analysis, and ethnography.


sociolinguistics of higher education national institutions research organisations lingua franca Pla de Llengües Catalan Spanish English multilingualism linguistic competence

Authors and affiliations

  • Josep Soler
    • 1
  • Lídia Gallego-Balsà
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of English and LinguisticsUniversity of LleidaLleidaSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-16676-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-16677-9
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