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.

Selected Publications


Forthcoming Soler, J. & Gallego-Balsà, L. The sociolinguistics of higher education. Language policy and the internationalisation of a small university in Catalonia. Under contract with 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.

Editorship of 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.

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, forthcoming). Academic publishing in English. Exploring linguistic privilege and scholars’ trajectories. Journal of Language, Identity & Education. (accepted)
  2. 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. Online:
  3. Soler, J. & Darquennes, J. (2019). Language policy and new speakers. An introduction to the thematic issue. Language Policy. Online:
  4. Darquennes, J. & Soler, J. (2019). New speakers and language policy research: Thematic and theoretical contributions to the field. Language Policy. Online:
  5. Soler, J. & Marten, H. (2019). Resistance and adaptation to newspeakerness in educational institutions: Two tales from Estonia. Language Policy. Online:
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Soler-Carbonell, J. (2016). Complexity perspectives on linguistic landscapes: A scalar analysis. Linguistic Landscapes, 2, 1. 1-25.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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. 

Book Chapters

  1. Stacey, B. & Soler, J. (2019, forthcoming). 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 (under contract).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.