The Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS) at the University of Bern is dedicated to research and advocacy on the intersection between language and society. We conceive of this intersection in its widest sense. As a result, our work focuses on exploring how social changes affect languages and language use, how social beliefs and ideologies are reproduced and transmitted through language, and how, conversely, beliefs about language and language users have lasting social impacts. In particular, we aim to foster studies of the relationship between language, inequality and social (in)justice in all of its forms. We support and enable research and training on these topics at the postgraduate and postdoctoral levels, and work to promote the importance of language and language issues to a broad public, both within and outside of academia.
The CSLS offers an MA in Sociolinguistics and a PhD in Language in Society. For more details about our study programs, see here.
CSLS lecture series for the fall term 2021
We are delighted to announce Sandrine Zufferey's new book: Le cerveau pense-t-il au masculin ?
Sandrine Zufferey is professor of French linguistics in Bern, and a member of the CSLS board.
The CSLS is delighted to announce the creation of the CSLS Prize in Language and Social Justice. The prize will be awarded annually from 2021 to a junior researcher (PhD student or early postdoc) who has conducted research on language, inequality and social (in)justice in Switzerland.
Sociolinguistics at the University of Bern is once again strongly represented at the Sociolinguistics Symposium. For this year's SS23 on 'Unsettling Language', the CSLS is excited to bring together our reserachers to discuss all Bernese contributions: a plenary talk by Crispin Thurlow, as well as 14 other presentations (see list attached).
Check out Erez Levon's interview about language and sexism at Radio RaBe
Read Adrian Leemann's new paper on voice quality in British English published in Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence
Das Team des SDATS-Projeks am CSLS wollte genauer wissen, wie das Corona-Virus unsere Sprache verändert. Sagen Sie "das" Virus oder "der" Virus? Zusammen mit SRF lancierte es eine Umfrage. Hier geht es zu den Ergebnissen.
Detailed course booklet, 2. version
Lectures and Workshops, Research Colloquium, Conferences
Lectures and Workshops
Adrian Leemann and Dave Britain have received a SNSF Spark Grant amounting to CHF 100,000. Starting in February 2020, they will explore whether physically attractive people are leading in linguistic change. The aim of Spark is to fund the rapid testing or development of new scientific approaches, methods, theories, standards, ideas for applications, etc. Spark is intended for projects that show unconventional thinking and introduce a unique approach and, consciously, take risks.
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