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Program Name: Doctoral Program Studies in Language and Society
Alternate Name: Doktoratsprogramm Studies in Language and Society
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Institution: Universität Bern
Address: Universität Bern
Center for the Study of Language and Society
City: Berne
Zip/Postal Code: CH-3012
Country: Switzerland
Contact Person: Constanze Vorwerg, Prof.

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Phone: +41-31-6315651
Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: The programme offers research support, academic exchange, a co-ordinated supervision, and training in several aspects of the study of language in social context, adopting an interdisciplinary perspective including in addition to sociolinguistics, for example, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, and second language acquisition. Students interested in pursuing doctoral research in one of the following or related areas can apply:
• Language and power
• Language and gender
• Language and social inequality
• The function, status and characteristics of dialects
• Language standards and attitudes
• Language planning and policy
• Psycholinguistic aspects of language variation
• The languages of Europe
• Bi- and multilingualism
• Language contact and language change
The PhD Programme is offered by the Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS ). The CSLS is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together the following Departments of the University: General as well as English, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Slavic Linguistics. Depending on the departments involved and the type of activity, the following languages may be used: German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Applicants are expected to have active command of two of those languages, and passive command of a further language.

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