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Multilingualism in institutions and society

This area addresses social and institutional issues in multilingualism. Investigation focuses on schools, the workplace, cultural and political institutions, language policy and the law. Adopting a sociological and anthropological approach, the research examines societal processes of valorising or devaluing certain languages and their speakers as well as power issues in linguistic communities, social inequalities and the impact of globalisation on multilingual practices.

Direction: Prof. Alexandre Duchêne

At the turn of the century, the globalized economy, the weight of international agencies and transnational migrations have increased the demand for multilingual...

Swiss National Science Foundation, project funding, project no. 143184

The project examines the German-French language border in...

In line with the growth of linguistically mediated knowledge in the neoliberal new economy, the international health care sector requires some of its workforce to be multilingual, reflecting an...

In collaboration with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO)

In 2010, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) began conducting an annual population census. The data are mainly gathered from...

In cooperation with the University of Lausanne UNIL

Today's labour market is characterised by a globalised economy with increasing immigration and mobility. Current economic, social and...

Project conducted by the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)

In the interest of advancing multilingualism in public services, the Swiss Confederation is legally bound to promoting...

Swiss National Science Foundation, independent pure research grant, project no. 100012 129885

Work in our project “Performing Swissness:...

A project at the University of teacher education Fribourg

This project lays out a critical approach towards a pedagogy of diversity...

In cooperation with the University of Zürich (UZH)

In Switzerland’s political dialogue, an adequate representation of Swiss language communities in the Federal Administration is considered...

Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Plan Nacional de la Ciencia I+D

This project focuses on the study of multilingualism from the perspective of the...

The city Biel/Bienne is experiencing an economic boom. Alongside the traditional watch industry, Biel/Bienne has set its sights on diversification and is now exploring the service and...

The object of the present investigation is to undertake ethnographic studies at three sites: a non-governmental organization dedicated to adult education, a public hospital, and a multinational...

Swiss National Science Foundation, NRP 56 Language diversity and linguistic competences in Switzerland

This project adopts a...

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