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, 2. version
CSLS lecture series for the fall term 2021
The CSLS is very pleased to award the first ever "CSLS Prize in Language and Social Justice" to Lovis Hoppmann (University of Zurich). The winning project, "queering the German language", deals with the development of a best practice language guide for gender-sensitive language use in a heterogeneous Swiss society. We congratulate Lovis warmly and look forward to the lecture on the project, which will take place on 15 December as part of the lecture series "Language and Social Justice"!
We congratulate Gwynne Mapes on the publication of her new book, "Elite Authenticity: Remaking Distinction in Food Discourse"!
We would like to congratulate our sociolinguistics graduate Giuanna Caviezel on the best Master's degree of the Phil.-hist. Faculty in FS21! Super job, Giuanna!
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
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