Associate Professor

Room: E806

I graduated in English Studies (2002) and General Linguistics (2004) from the University of Barcelona, where I also obtained my PhD in Linguistics and Communication (2010). My main research areas/interests are:

1. Sociolinguistics, language policy, and language ideology
2. The politics of English as a global language
3. Multilingualism and multilingual practices.

My research is primarily in language policy. Over the past few years, I have investigated how, in non-Anglophone contexts, universities and their stakeholders adapt to the growing presence of English in their daily realities. Empirically, my material comes first and foremost from Estonia, a country with which I have established personal and professional ties since 2005. In addition, and in collaboration with colleagues around Europe, I have conducted comparative university language policy analyses across an ample spectrum of countries and contexts. In parallel to the role of English in higher education, I have also developed an interest in multilingual families, and have published case studies of parental language ideologies in multilingual homes in Estonia, Sweden, and the UK. More recently, my research has started to delve into the topic of publishing in English for research purposes, specifically looking at how multilingual scholars handle the need to publish in academic English. Finally, I remain interested in the sociolinguistics of minority language situations, with Catalonia as a central focus of attention.

My teaching journey at university began in 2004, working then as an assistant teacher at the Escola d’Idiomes Moderns (School of Modern Languages) of the University of Barcelona. Since then, I have taught language and culture courses at the universities of Oxford, Tallinn, and Tartu. At Stockholm University, I have developed, taught, and coordinated various courses within the English Studies programmes at both graduate and undergraduate levels, including sociolinguistics and intercultural communication. I am also actively involved in teaching at the PhD level, currently co-supervising two doctoral students.



2019      Soler, J. & Gallego-Balsà, L. The sociolinguistics of higher education. Language policy and internationalisation in Catalonia. Palgrave Macmillan.

2019      Soler, J. Language policy and the internationalization of universities. A focus on Estonian higher education. Mouton de Gruyter. Book Series: Language and Social Life

Peer-reviewed journal special issues

2019      Soler, J., & Darquennes, J. (Eds.). Language policy issues in ‘new speaker’ contexts: Ethnographic and critical perspectives. Thematic issue of Language Policy, 18, 4.

2016      Soler-Carbonell, J., Gallego-Balsà, L., & Corona, V. (Eds.). Language and education issues in global Catalonia. Questions and debates across scales of time and space. Thematic issue of Language, Culture and Curriculum, 29, 1.

Journal Articles

  1. Soler, J. (2019). Academic publishing in English. Exploring linguistic privilege and scholars’ trajectories. Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 18, 6. 389-399.
  2. Soler, J. & Wang, Y. (2019). Linguistic differences between well-established and predatory journals: A keyword analysis of two journals in political science. Learned Publishing, 32, 3. 259-269.
  3. Soler, J. & Roberts, T. (2019). Parents’ and grandparents’ views on home language regimes: Language ideologies and trajectories of two multilingual families in Sweden. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 16, 4. 249-270.
  4. Soler, J. & Darquennes, J. (2019). Language policy and new speakers. An introduction to the thematic issue. Language Policy, 18, 4. 467-473.
  5. Darquennes, J. & Soler, J. (2019). New speakers and language policy research: Thematic and theoretical contributions to the field. Language Policy, 18, 4. 475-491. 
  6. Soler, J. & Marten, H. (2019). Resistance and adaptation to newspeakerness in educational institutions: Two tales from Estonia. Language Policy, 18, 4. 553-572. 
  7. Soler, J. & Cooper, A. (2019). Unexpected emails to submit your work: Spam or legitimate offers? The implications for novice English L2 writers. Publications, 7, 7.
  8. Soler, J., & Vihman, V.A. (2018). Language ideology and language planning in Estonian higher education: Nationalising and globalising discourses. Current Issues in Language Planning, 19, 1. 22-41.
  9. Soler, J., Björkman, B., & Kuteeva, M. (2018). University language policies in Estonia and Sweden: Exploring the interplay between English and national languages in higher education. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39, 1. 29-43.
  10. Soler, J., & Zabrodskaja, A. (2017). New spaces of ‘new speaker’ profiles: Exploring language ideologies in trans-national multilingual families. Language in Society 46, 4. 547-566.
  11. Soler-Carbonell, J., Saarinen, T., & Kibbermann, K. (2017). Multilayered perspectives on language policy in higher education: Finland, Estonia and Latvia in comparison. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 38, 4. 301-314.
  12. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2016). Complexity perspectives on linguistic landscapes: A scalar analysis. Linguistic Landscapes, 2, 1. 1-25.
  13. Soler-Carbonell, J., Gallego-Balsà, L., & Corona, V. (2016). Language and education issues in global Catalonia. Questions and debates across scales of time and space. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 29, 1. 1-5.
  14. Soler-Carbonell, J., & Gallego-Balsà, L. (2016). The internationalisation of higher education in two different contexts: Catalan and Estonian sociolinguistic perspectives. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 29, 1. 40-55.
  15. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2014). Emerging ELF as an intercultural resource: language attitudes and ideologies. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 3, 2. 243-268.
  16. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2014). University language policies and language choice among Ph.D. graduates in Estonia: the (unbalanced) interplay between English and Estonian. Multilingua, 33, 3-4. 413-436.
  17. Soler Carbonell, J. (2013). ”És com saber informàtica”. Les ideologies lingüístiques legitimadores del català i l’estonià en l’era de la globalització. [‘It’s like knowing computer science’. Legitimating language ideologies of Catalan and Estonian in the globalization era] Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana, 23. 427-444.
  18. Woolard, K. A., with A. Ribot Bencomo and J. Soler-Carbonell. (2013). What’s so funny now? The strength of weak pronouns in Catalonia. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 23, 3. 127-141.
  19. Soler, J. (2013). The anonymity of Catalan and the authenticity of Estonian. Two paths for the development of medium-sized languages. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 16(2).153-163. 
  20. Soler Carbonell, J. (2012). "Llengües mitjanes" i "llengües internacionals" a Catalunya i Estònia en l'era glocal. Una anàlisi comparada de les ideologies lingüístiques dels seus parlants. ['Medium-sized' and 'international' languages in Catalonia and Estonia in the glocal era. A comparative analysis of their speakers' language ideologies]. Revista de Llengua i Dret, 57. 207-248.

Book Chapters

  1. Soler, J. (2020, forthcoming). University branding and the internationalization of higher education in the Baltic states: The role of language. In M. Kuteeva, K. Kaufhold & N. Hynninen (eds.), Language perceptions and practices in multilingual universities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Stacey, B. & Soler, J. (2019). Family language policy in the UK: Identity building and language maintenance at home. In: A. Bastardas, E. Boix-Fuster & R. Torrens (eds.), Family multilingualism in medium-sized language communities. Berlin: Peter Lang.
  3. Soler, J. (2019). The multilingual landscape of higher education in the Baltic states: Exploring language policies and practices in the university space. In: S. Lazdina & H. Marten (eds.), Multilingualism in the Baltic States. Societal discourses and contact phenomena (pp. 443-477). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. O’Rourke, B., Soler, J., & Darquennes, J. (2018). New speakers and language policy. In: M. Pérez-Milans & J. Tollefson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook in Language Policy and Planning (pp. 610-631). Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
  5. Soler Carbonell, J. (2018). El cas català des d’una perspectiva nord-europea: marcs ideològics i legislació lingüística. In A. Bastardas i Boada, E. Boix-Fuster & R.M. Torrens Guerrini (eds.), El català, llengua mitjana d’Europa (pp. 61-77). Barcelona: Octaedro.
  6. Soler Carbonell, J., & Jürna, M. (2017). Doing language policy. Teasing out the tensions for trans-national scholars in Estonian and Danish higher education. In: M. Siiner, K. Brown, & K. Koreinik (eds.), Language policy beyond the state (pp. 45-60). Springer.
  7. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2016) English in the language ecology of Europe. In A. Linn, Investigating English in Europe: Contexts and agendas. (pp. 53-58). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  8. Soler Carbonell, J. (2015). La valoración del español entre estudiantes hispanohablantes universitarios del sur de California: Globalización e ideologías lingüísticas sobre el multilingüismo. [The value of Spanish language among Spanish-speaking university students in Southern California: Globalization and language ideologies of multilingualism]. In R. Terborg, A. Alarcón & L. Neri (eds.), Lengua española, contacto lingüístico y globalización (pp. 389-416). Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  9. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2015). Tallinn, a multilingual city in the era of globalization: the challenges facing Estonian as a medium-sized language. In E. Boix-Fuster (ed.), Urban Diversities and Language Policies in Medium-Sized Linguistic Communities. (pp. 85-111). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  10. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2015). Language policy in Estonian higher education: internationalisation and the tension over English. In S. Dimova, A. K. Hultgren & C. Jensen (eds.), English-medium Instruction in European Higher Education(pp. 247-268). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, Language and Social Life 4.
  11. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2015) (with Hakan Karaoglu). English as an Academic Lingua Franca in Estonia: students’ attitudes and ideologies. In A. Linn, N. Bermel, & G. Ferguson (eds.), Attitudes towards English in Europe. (pp. 213-238). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, Language and Social Life 2.