The Sociolinguistics of Higher Education. Language Policy and Internationalisation in Catalonia

coverAuthors: Soler, Josep, Gallego-Balsà, Lídia

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

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