Heriot Watt University

The Dynamics of Multilingual Societies

COSTThis research focuses on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality in multilingual societies, drawing on theoretical frameworks and concepts in the area of sociolinguistics, the sociology of language and linguistic anthropology. PhD projects on all aspects of multilingual societies are welcome, including language and ethnicity, bilingual communities, language ideology, linguistic landscapes, language policy and planning, language and the political economy, language and tourism and issues pertaining to indigenous minority languages and migrant communities, in particular 'new speakers' of these languages. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to apply for membership to the 'new speakers' COST network. This will allow prospective students to develop links with other European researchers working on the dynamics of contemporary multilingual societies.

More details of the network theme are available here.

Informal enquiries should be sent to the Chair of the COST Action, Dr Bernadette O'Rourke.

Our People

Regional Expertise: Galicia, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain
Research Interests: minority languages, multilingualism, new speakers
Research Interests: home, human ecology
Regional Expertise: Arab & Islamic World
Research Interests: accounting, Islamic accounting

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