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.
Detailed course booklet
Workshops, Guest lectures, Summer/Winter Schools, Sociolunch, Data Sessions, Reading Group
When: 11. - 12. September 2023
Where: Muntelier / Morat
This workshop focuses on “problems” encountered in the research process in the field of sociolinguistics and how to overcome them.
Date: 2-3 October 2023
Location: Room 331, Main Building, University of Bern
When: 31 October 2023, 16:15 - 17:45
Where: UniS A 024, University of Bern
When: 7 November 2023, 16:15 - 17:45
Where: UniS A 015, University of Bern
When: 5 December 2023, 16:15 - 17:45
Where: F-111 Unitobler, University of Bern
12. - 13. February 2024
Erez Levon is author of a major new report on accent bias in the UK. Commissioned by the Sutton Trust, the report looks at accent bias throughout the life course, including accent anxiety and experiences of discrimination. It also looks at how these experiences differ by socio-economic background, and their implications for social mobility.
In an article published in the "Walliser Bote" on the 24.10.2022, the research interest of Carina Steiner from Raron is explored. She is a doctoral student at the Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS) at the University of Bern and is studying, among other dialectal variations, the development of Valais German.
Welcome to the University of Bern!
On Friday 16.09.2022 we welcome the new Master students of Sociolinguistics Mono/Major/Minor at the Center for the Study of Language and Society CSLS! From 12:15 - 1 pm in Unitobler, room F014, the study regulations will be presented, important information about the study program and the Master's thesis will be given and you can get to know contact people who will be happy to help you if you have questions about the university.
+41 31 684 54 77