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The Sociolinguistics of Higher Education

Language Policy and Internationalisation in Catalonia

Authors: Soler, Josep, Gallego-Balsà, Lídia

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  • Explores the role of language in the context of the internationalisation of higher education from a language policy and planning perspective, considering universities as globally engaged research institutions
  • Presents a picture of how Catalan universities respond to the challenge of becoming more internationally connected, while remaining locally grounded and nationally relevant
  • Combines document analysis of university language policies with a more situated, qualitative and ethnographic account of the specific situation at one public university in Catalonia
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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

About the authors

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.


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“This timely book offers a compelling account of the tensions between internationalisation and national priorities in higher education – as seen through Catalan language policies.  Written by renowned experts in the field, it is a must read for researchers, policy makers and anyone even remotely interested in the profound sociolinguistic changes higher education systems across the world are grappling with.” (Anna Kristina Hultgren, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics, The Open University, UK)

“Essential and stimulating reading for anyone studying the language impacts of internationalisation in higher education institutions in non-anglophone and minority language contexts. Through their critical, constructive and insightful analyses of original data from a university in Catalonia, the authors show us the tensions arising from the competition between Catalan, Spanish and English amidst national and global goals, and weigh up the position of the Catalan language and its prospects.” (Peter Garrett, Emeritus Professor, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Language Policy and the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Catalonia

    Pages 1-16

    Soler, Josep (et al.)

  • Language Policy, Internationalisation, and Multilingual Higher Education: An Overview

    Pages 17-41

    Soler, Josep (et al.)

  • Language Policy Regulations at Catalan Universities: A Content Analysis of Their Narrative

    Pages 43-66

    Soler, Josep (et al.)

  • Clashing Stances Towards Catalan: An Ethnographic Study in a Small University in Catalonia

    Pages 67-94

    Soler, Josep (et al.)

  • The Internationalisation of Catalan Universities: Multilevel Language Policies, Circulating Discourses, and Stakeholders’ Stance-Taking

    Pages 95-117

    Soler, Josep (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sociolinguistics of Higher Education
Book Subtitle
Language Policy and Internationalisation in Catalonia
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16677-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16677-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16676-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 134
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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