Assistant Professor

Room: E806
Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 35 93

Josep Soler 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 is 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.


Edited special issues

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

Articles and book chapters

Soler, J., & Zabrodskaja, A. (to appear). New spaces of 'new speaker' profiles: Exploring language ideologies in transnational multilingual families. Language in Society.

Soler, J., & Jürna, M. (to appear). Doing language policy: Teasing out the tensions for transnational scholars in Estonian and Danish higher education. In M. Siiner, K. Koreinik, K. Brown (eds.), Language policy beyond the state. Springer.

Soler, J., Björkman, B., & Kuteeva, M. (to appear). University language policy in Estonia and Sweden: Exploring the interplay between English and national languages in higher education. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Soler, J., & Vihman, V.A. (2017). Language ideology and language planning in Estonian higher education: Nationalising and globalising discourses. Current Issues in Language Planning [Available OnlineFirst]

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.

Soler-Carbonell, J., Saarinen, T., & Kibbermann, K. (2016). Multilayered perspectives on language policy in higher education: Finland, Estonia and Latvia in comparison. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development [Available OnlineFirst]

​Soler-Carbonell, J. (2016). Complexity perspectives on linguistic landscapes: A scalar analysis. Linguistic Landscapes2, 1. 1-25.

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. [Introduction to the Special Issue]. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 29.1. 1-5.

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.

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.

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.

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.), The English Language in Teaching in European Higher Education(pp. 247-268). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, Language and Social Life 4.

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.

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.

Soler-Carbonell, J. (2014). University language policies and language choice among Ph.D. graduates in Estonia: the (unbalanced) interplay between English and Estonian. Multilingua, Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 33, 3-4. 413-436.

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.

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.

Soler-Carbonell, 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.

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.

Soler-Carbonell, J. (2011). Speakers’ evaluations of the Estonian and the Russian languages in Tallinn. Between linguistic stability and interethnic tension.ESUKA - Eesti ja soome-uugri keeleteaduse ajakiri / JEFUL - Journal of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics 2, 1. 315-333.

Soler-Carbonell, J. (2010). Estònia i les migracions russòfones. Breu repàs de l’estat de la qüestió. [Estonia and the Russophone migrations; A brief review of the state of the art]. LSC - Llengua, Societat i Comunicació 8. 93-102.

Soler-Carbonell, J. (2007). Análisis sociolingüístico de la subtitulación y el doblaje de los productos audiovisuales. El caso concreto de la lengua catalana. [A sociolinguistic analysis of audiovisual products; The case of Catalan language]. Estudios Catalanes. Revista Internacional de Lengua, Literatura y Cultura Catalanas, 5. 67-92.

Vila, X., Cassel, S., Busquet Isard, N., Callejón Mateu, J.P., Mercadal Moll, T., & Soler-Carbonell, J. (2007). Sense accents? Les contradiccions de l’estàndard oral en els doblatges catalans de pel·lícules d’animació. [Without an accent? The contradictions of oral standard in the dubbings of Catalan animated films].Revista de Llengua i Dret, 47. 387-413.

Book reviews and notes

2013 English and Development. Policy, Pedagogy and Globalization, by Elizabeth J. Erling and Philip Seargeant (eds.). The Linguist List.

2013 English as an Academic Lingua Franca. An Investigation of Form and Communicative Effectiveness, by Beyza Björkman. The Linguist List.

2012 Survival and Development of Language Communities. Prospects and Challenges, by F. Xavier Vila (ed.). Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana 23. In press.

2012 Mapping the Dubbing Scene. Audiovisual Translation in Basque Television, by Josu Barambones. The Linguist List.

2011 Democratic Policies for Language Revitalisation: The Case of Catalan, by Miquel Strubell and Emili Boix-Fuster (eds.) Catalan Review XXVII. 205-207.

2011 Muerte y vitalidad de las lenguas indígenas y las presiones sobre sus hablantes, by Roland Terborg and Laura García Landa (eds.) Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana 23. In press.

2010 Language Diversity in the USA, by Kim Potowsky (ed.) Language in Society 41 (3). 412-413.