PHD Student in Bilingualism at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University
Closing date: 18 April 2017
The Centre for Research on Bilingualism provides a broad base of theoretical and practical research with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of bilingualism. The Centre is a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Humanities Language Sciences Section at Stockholm University. Research at the Centre forms a significant part of Stockholm University’s leading research area “Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition”.
Research areas include bilingualism and second language acquisition, multilingualism and diversity, bilingualism in the family, bilingual education, Swedish as a second language for children and adults, young people’s languages and language use in multilingual contexts, second and foreign language teaching, L1 attrition and reactivation in bilinguals, language maintenance and language shift, language ideology, language policy, and multilingualism and education in developing countries. In sum, the Centre’s research covers the sociolinguistic, pragmatic, structural, psycholinguistic, cognitive and neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. For more information, see: www.biling.su.se/english.
As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterised by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subjects. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.
The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1–2 places in the PhD program in Bilingualism. The Centre encourages applications in the areas of the Sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity and Psycho-/Neurolinguistics (including EEG or Eye-tracking).
Beyza Björkmanis Associate Senior Lecturer at Stockholm University, Department of English, Centre for Academic English.
Since 2005, she has been doing research on the use of English as the medium of instruction in Swedish higher education. Her general research interests include the use of English as a lingua franca (ELF) for academic purposes, spoken academic discourse in general, academic literacy, linguistic equality, language change and language policy.
Her most current research on ELF focused on the pragmatic aspects of English as a lingua franca as the medium of instruction, focusing on polyadic lingua franca speech in student-student interaction. More recently, she has published on language policy work at Swedish universities, focusing on actual language practices vs language management issues, as well as attitudes towards the use of English in Swedish higher education. She is currently doing research on the spoken genre of PhD supervisor-PhD student interactions in supervision meetings.
For more information on Beyza’s research and publications, visit her website.
Josep Soler is Docent and Assistant Professor at the Department of English of Stockholm University. He graduated in English Studies (2002) and General Linguistics (2004) from the University of Barcelona, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Linguistics and Communication (2010). His main research interests cut across the broadly-defined areas of sociolinguistics, language ideologies, language policy and language planning, and intercultural communication from a discourse approach.
His dissertation was based on language ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Tallinn and Barcelona. It investigated speakers’ language ideologies and their impact in the co-construction of the sociolinguistic environments under study. During his doctoral studies, Josep was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Anthropology, University of California San Diego, sponsored by the ‘La Caixa’ postgraduate fellowships’ program.
In his postdoctoral project at the University of Tartu, he investigated the role of English as a global language and its influence on the language ecology of higher education. More specifically, the study examined how Academic English is constructed both at the ‘macro’ and the ‘micro’ levels, i.e. in language policy and individual interaction. This project was financially supported by the Estonian Research Council. Josep has extensive teaching experience at university level. Over the past few years, he has taught courses in language and culture and intercultural communication at Barcelona, Oxford, Tallinn and Tartu universities. He has been actively involved in several research projects and networks across Europe, including the COST-ISCH Action IS1306 “New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges.”
For more details about Josep’s work, projects, and publications, visit his website.