PhD positions: Standardising Minority Languages

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Tue Oct 9 10:10:45 UTC 2012

Dear All,

Pia Lane is looking for applicants to two 3-year PhD positions in her research project at the University of Oslo (deadline 15 October!):
> The positions will be part of a new research project “Standardising Minority Languages”, funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo. The aim of the project is to carry out in-depth analyses of the standardisation of European Regional or Minority Languages, expanding the focus from macro-level processes and linguistic aspects of standardisation to include investigations of how users relate to standardisation processes. Developing a standard for a minority language is not a neutral process; this has consequences for the status of the language and how the language users position themselves in relation to the new standard. Language standardisation can be seen as a form of technology, and the project will use Nexus Analysis and theories from the tradition of science and technology studies (STS) to analyse the role of social actors and users in the standardisation of historical minority languages in Europe. STS has dealt with different aspects of the standardisation of technologies. These insights will be applied to the case of language standardisation, and the project will explore issues such as: how the users of the standard are configured, the exclusionary effects of standards, the positions of non-users, and the political role of standards.

For the complete announcement text and contact information, visit .


Univ.Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL)
Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Campus AAKH Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7
A-1090 Wien
johanna.laakso at
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