Dr Kristine Horner

Reader in Luxembourg Studies and Multilingualism

Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies

email : k.horner@sheffield.ac.uk


I received my PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a dissertation focused on language politics in contemporary Luxembourg. I lectured at the Université du Luxembourg/ Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (1998-2006) and the University of Leeds (2007-2010) before taking up my current post at the University of Sheffield, which is generously funded by the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg Studies constitutes the focus of my research and, to a large extent, my teaching too. Although the majority of my research focuses on language politics and language ideologies in Luxembourg, I also began researching Luxembourgish cultural heritage in the Upper Midwestern region of the US while a visiting scholar at the Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. Multilingualism and migration are key threads that run through most of my academic work.

Teaching Responsibilities

Book cover of "Introducing Multilingualism"

My main teaching areas in the Department and the School are in the field of Luxembourg Studies and, more broadly, in sociolinguistics and multilingualism.

I co-ordinate the Luxembourg Studies programmes and teach the following modules:

  • GER 234: Germanic Languages in Social Context
  • GER 235/323: Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
  • GER 324: Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
  • MDL 301: Social Approaches to Multilingualism

I also contribute to the following modules:

  • MDL 104: Introductory Linguistics for Modern Languages
  • GER 105/6: Text and Context
  • ELL 216: Language Politics, Language Policy, Language Planning
  • MDL 6001: Research Methods in Modern Languages

Research Interests

List of publications

Journal Cover of "Language Problems & Language Planning"

My current research is concentrated in the following areas and I welcome expressions of interest from individuals wishing to pursue a MA or PhD in any of these fields:

  • Language politics, policy and planning
  • Language ideologies and metalanguage
  • Discourse, representation and ideology
  • Social approaches to multilingualism
  • Migration, transnationalism and citizenship
  • Cultural heritage studies

Presently, I am supervising the work of the following PhD students:

  • Sarah Muller: 'Young people's multilingual repertoire and language in education policy in Luxembourg'
  • Nahed Arafat: ' The impact of language and culture on improving access to psychological therapy (IAPT) for BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) patients in Sheffield: An exploration of BME patients’ views'
  • Joshua Bengough-Smith: 'Romance language varieties used in France in the sixteenth century'
  • Andrew Bradley: 'Language conflict and political ideology in the education system of the Valencian Community and Catalonia'

I am director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies at the University of Sheffield (founded by Professor Gerald Newton in 1995) and a member of the following professional associations:

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS)
  • Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN)
  • International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
  • International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)

Other External Activities