The 12th Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics takes place at the University of Lausanne (CH) from 22-29 July 2018. Leading experts in the field of (historical) sociolinguistics and related disciplines offer classes for graduate students, postgraduate students and young – at heart – researchers. Participants also have the opportunity to present their own research at a special session.

DescriptionOrganizersTeachersTarget audienceLearning objectivesCourse formatFeesAccommodationSponsoring
22 – 29 July, 2018
For whom?
Young researchers, graduate and postgraduate students in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, philology
How much?
Early birds: CHF 600.-
Certificate of Attendance delivered

Prof. Anita Auer, University of Lausanne


Prof. Nils Langer, Europa-Universität Flensburg


Tino Oudesluijs, Université de Lausanne




In 2018, the summer school in Historical Sociolinguistics is honored to host the following international scholars:

The summer school is primarily aimed at graduate students, postgraduate students and young – at heart – researchers who work in the fields of historical sociolinguistics and related disciplines.

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • be familiar with a range of different topics and approaches from the field of historical sociolinguistics;
  • be able to describe the socio-historical processes that contribute to language variation and change, with respect to a range of different languages;
  • be able to analyse and interpret sets of linguistic and socio-historical data using sociolinguistic theory and both quantitative and qualitative measures;
  • be able to apply existing theoretical sociolinguistic frameworks and models in new settings and contexts, and critically evaluate the new applications of those theories;
  • have had the possibility to present their own research orally and discuss it critically.
The aim of the summer school is to bring together leading researchers in the field of historical sociolinguistics and in related fields. During this week, 7 scholars and 40 Master, graduate and postgraduate students from all over the world will work and spend time together.

In 2018, the following courses will be given:

  • Bilingual optimization strategies in language change – Suzanne Aalberse
  • Corpus approaches to Early Modern English: The case of Shakespeare’s language – Jonathan Culpeper
  • Synchronic variation and diachronic change – Alexandra Lenz
  • Standards and standardizations – Spiros Moschonas
  • Promotion and invisibilization of languages. Nationalistic language policy and its impact on sociolinguistic landscape – Taru Nordlund
  • Exploring historical orality – Simon Pickl
  • Doing historical sociolinguistics in messy environments: The construction of language change narratives and the colonial expansion of Iberian languages – Israel Sanz-Sanchez


CHF 600.- before 30 April 2018
CHF 650.- by 15 June 2018

The fees include:

  • Tuition fees
  • Lunches
  • Coffee breaks, apéro and dinner on some days
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation from 16 to 31 July 2018 at no extra cost


Participants will be staying in student housing near the campus. Each participant will have a private room in an apartment shared with other students. Bathroom, kitchen and living rooms have to be shared. The apartments have a wifi connection.

As the rooms have been rented from 16 to 31 July 2018, participants are welcome to stay there before and shortly after the summer school, at no extra cost.
Earliest check-in: 2pm, July 16
Latest check-out: 12:00, July 31
Participants have to make their own breakfast.
Participants will be responsible for the cleaning of their room and flat before vacating the apartment.
Please check the House Rules.
We want to thank our sponsors without whom this summer school would not have been possible: Faculté des Lettres and the Historical Sociolinguistics Research and Training Program.


Registration is now closed