Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

HS 2023

Sociolinguistics Analysis Clinic

This workshop focuses on “problems” encountered in the research process in the field of sociolinguistics and how to overcome them. This includes all aspects of research, from conceptualizing a research project, to data collection, to interpretation and analysis. Based on concrete problems brought by the participants as well as by the invited lecturers, the workshop aims to provide participants with analytical tools for understanding, managing and/or overcoming research problems. Through small group consultations with our two seasoned lecturers as well as exchanges with peers, the workshop also aims to develop an understanding of “problems” as an inherent component of the research process, and of “troubleshooting” (in a metaphorical sense) as a valuable and productive tool for knowledge production.



Date & Location

11. - 12. September 2023

Muntelier / Morat



Participating students are requested to remain in residence throughout the 2-day workshop, if feasible. To apply to participate, please provide a brief description of your current research (max. 1 page). Note that space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

For UNIFR participants: Please send the document to Philippe Humbert ( by July 10, 2023.

For UNIBE participants: Please send the document to Eva Kuske ( by July 10, 2023.



The workshop will take place at the Hotel Bad Muntelier am See, located in Muntelier close to Murten-Morat on the shores of the picturesque Lake Morat. You can reach Muntelier or Murten-Morat very frequently throughout the day by regional train from Bern and Fribourg.



The workshop is free of charge for PhD students from the universities of Bern and Fribourg and includes accommodation in single rooms and full board.











Beatriz Lorente joined the Department of English at the University of Bern in August 2017. She has a PhD in Language Studies (English) from the National University of Singapore, an MA in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University and an MA in English (Literary and Cultural Studies) from the Ateneo de Manila University. She was awarded the Fullbright Fellowship for the years 1998-2000 among other awards and achievements.
Prior to joining the department, Beatriz Lorente was a lecturer at the Department of English of the University of Basel. She has also taught at universities in the Philippines, the United States and Singapore.

Beatriz Lorente works as a post-doctoral researcher in the project along with Prof. Dr. Alexandre Duchêne, the principal investigator and Sebastian Muth, post-doctoral researcher on the SNF funded project “A web of care: the management of linguistic resources in the Swiss healthcare industry” which ran from October 2015 – October 2018. The project was based at the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg.

Beatriz Lorente is the author of, among several publications, books Scripts of Servitude: Language, Labor Migration and Transnational Domestic Work and Figures of Interpretation and has made noteworthy contribution to the field of migration and language.

At the university in Bern has taught or is currently teaching a number of postgraduate courses, including Language Policies in Education; Multilingualism in the Service Economy; Health Practitioners and Language Work and courses on academic writing in English. 









Sari Pietikäinen is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at the University of Jyväskylä. Her diverse research interests include critical discourse research, power, identity, mobility, multilingualism, minority languages, Sámi-speaking communities, hockey, media studies, and ethnography.

Sari Pietikäinen is associated with a number of research projects like Peripheral Multilingualism which ran through 2011-2015 and was funded by the Finnish Academy and Power Play. Discourses of language, identity and mobility in a transatlantic hockey marketA more recent project that she has been working on is the Cold Rush: Dynamics of language and identity in expanding Arctic economic hotspots which ran through the years 2016 to 2020 and was also funded by Finnish Academy.

She is the author of several books and journal articles and has made notable contribution while studying marginalised languages and conducting multilingualism research. Some of her most recent works include Critical sociolinguistic research methods: studying language issues that matter published in 2018 co-authored with Monica Heller and Joan Pujolar, and Sociolinguistics from the Periphery: Small Languages in New Circumstances published in 2016 and  co-authored with Alexandra Jaffe, Helen Kelly-Holmes, Nikolas Coupland. Sari Pietikäinen is  co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociolinguistics. 

At the University of Jyväskylä, Sari Pietikäinen teaches an MA seminar in discourse studies and is a multidisciplinary language expert for a specialisation track offered for language students.


Erez Levon (University of Bern) and Alexandre Duchêne (University of Fribourg)

Qualitative Methods in Sociolinguistics

Qualitative Methods in Sociolinguistics

This two-day workshop includes lectures and workshops on qualitative data analysis with hands-on practice in analysing stance, interaction in digital communication, and ethnographic approaches in the context of variationist sociolinguistics. Participants are also invited to present and receive feedback on their own ongoing research. Presentations are welcome on projects at all stages!

To register for the workshop, contact by 24 September 2023. If you wish to present, please include a title and short abstract (max. 150 words).

Lectures are open to all without registration and available on zoom:


2 October 2023

  • 09:15 - 10:30: Marie Maegaard, University of Copenhagen: Situating sociolinguistic studies of variation: (Implicit) theories of language and place 

3 October 2023

  • 09:15 - 10:30: Florian Busch, University of Bern: Interactional approaches to mobile communication: Investigating the social fabric of texting in time
  • 13:45 - 15:00: Scott Kiesling, University of Pittsburgh: Communicating toughness: Why is 'toughness' a common explanation for sociolinguistic patterns?

Date and Location

Date: 2-3 October 2023

Location: Room 331, Main Building

Research Ethics

Conducting Sociolingusitic Research in an Ethical Manner

This workshop explores questions about how to conduct sociolinguistic research in an ethical fashion. We will discuss current approaches in the field for addressing ethical issues that arise in sociolinguistics research and for evaluating and minimising risk. Topics to be covered will include soliciting consent, ensuring participant confidentiality, protecting data, and developing respectful and ethical relationships with research participants. We will approach these topics by going through a number of case studies and participants will be able to discuss ethical questions in relation to their own research plans.

Please register via KSL by Monday, 30 October, root number: 485744


Date & Location

When: 31 October 2023, 16:15 - 17:45

Where: UniS A 024, University of Bern

Writing a PhD grant application

In this workshop, we will work through the essential steps of a PhD grant application, from coming up with a fitting research question, to writing a detailed research plan and budget, ending with the work on ancillary documents such as your CV. We will also take a closer look at the Doc.CH grant, with which the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funds promising researchers in the humanities and social sciences to write a PhD dissertation on a topic of their own choice (application deadline: March 2024). This workshop is aimed at advanced MA students who wish to apply for a PhD position in Switzerland or abroad.

Please register via KSL by Monday, 3 November, root number: 485965.


Date & Location

When: 7 November 2023, 16:15 - 17:45

Where: UniS A 015, University of Bern

Transcribing and Annotating Sociolinguistic Data

This workshop provides an overview of best practices when transcribing, annotating and pre-processing data for sociolinguistic analysis. We focus principally on transcription using the open-source program ELAN and describe how it can be used as a “one-stop-shop” for producing time-aligned transcripts that can be annotated for future quantitative and/or qualitative analysis. Participants will learn the basic workflow to adopt for transcription and annotation, acquire familiarity with the basic tools of ELAN, have an opportunity to practice some transcription/annotation of their own.

Please register via KSL by Monday, 3 November, root number: 485964.


Date & Location

When: 5 December 2023, 16:15 - 17:45

Where: F-111 Unitobler, University of Bern