Professor Kristine Horner
School of Languages and Cultures
Professor of Multilingualism and Luxembourg Studies
Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies
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School of Languages and Cultures
1 Upper Hanover Street
I received my PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and my doctoral research focused on language politics in contemporary Luxembourg. I worked 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 funded by the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. I am Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies in Sheffield.
Multilingualism and migration are key threads that run through most of my academic work and I led a WUN-funded network on Multilingualism and Mobility in 2015-2016. More recently, I have been working on a British Academy TUKIC project on European Migration, Language Policy and Small States together with Dr James Hawkey (Bristol). This project explores how migrant communities engage with the 'small' languages of their host countries, focusing on Luxembourgish in Luxembourg and Catalan in Andorra, thus offering new perspectives on language policy and migration scholarship by focusing on small nations and microstates.
- Research interests
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:
- Contemporary and historical sociolinguistics
- Language ideologies, policies and practices
- Language, migration and globalisation
- Language, identity and belonging
- Multilingualism in borderlands
- Multilingualism in the media
- Language and cultural heritage
- Introducing Multilingualism A Social Approach. Routledge.
- The German-Speaking World: A Practical Introduction to Sociolinguistic Issues. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Introducing Multilingualism: A Social Approach. Abingdon/New York: Routledge.
- Multilingualism, (Im)mobilities and Spaces of Belonging. Multilingual Matters.
- Metalinguistic Perspectives on Germanic Languages: European Case Studies from Past to Present. Oxford: Peter Lang.
- Multilingualism and Mobility in Europe: Policies and Practices. Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang.
- Officiality and strategic ambiguity in language policy: exploring migrant experiences in Andorra and Luxembourg. Language Policy.
- Discourses on Language and Citizenship in Europe. Language and Linguistics Compass, 9(5), 209-218.
- Language regimes and acts of citizenship in multilingual Luxembourg. Language & Citizenship, 14(3), 359-381. View this article in WRRO
- The trilingual Luxembourgish school system in historical perspective: Progress or regress?. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 25(1), 3-15.
- Language, Place, and Heritage: Reflexive Cultural Luxembourgishness in Wisconsin. JOURNAL OF GERMANIC LINGUISTICS, 23(4), 375-400.
- Germanic Languages and Migration in North America. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 23(4), 313-410.
- Germanic Languages and Migration in North America: Special Issue of Journal of Germanic Linguistics. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 23(4).
- Not playing the game: Shifting patterns in the discourse of integration. Journal of Language and Politics, 10(2), 139-159.
- Media representations of multilingual Luxembourg Constructing language as a resource, problem, right and duty. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS, 10(4), 491-510.
- Orwellian doublethink: keywords on Luxembourgish and European language-in-education policy discourses. Language Policy, 9.3, 241-256.
- Small languages, education and citizenship: the paradoxical case of Luxembourgish. International Journal of the Sociology of Language(205), 179-192.
- Discourses of Endangerment: Ideology and Interest in the Defence of Languages. LANGUAGE POLICY, 8(2), 185-187.
- Language policy mechanisms and social practices in multilingual Luxembourg. Language Problems and Language Planning, 33.2, 101-111.
- Luxembourg: Special issue of Language Problems and Language Planning. Language Problems and Language Planning, 33.2, 101-189.
- The language situation in Luxembourg. Current Issues in Language Planning, 9.1, 69-128.
- Ein Mischmasch aus Deutsch und Französisch: Ideological tensions in young people’s discursive constructions of Luxembourgish. Sociolinguistic Studies, 12(3-4), 323-343. View this article in WRRO
- Introduction: Multilingualism, (Im)mobilities and Spaces of Belonging In Horner K & Dailey-O'Cain J (Ed.), Multilingualism, (Im)mobilities and Spaces of Belonging (pp. 1-16). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
- Language Ideologies In Darquennes J, Salmons J & Vandenbussche W (Ed.), Language Contact: An International Handbook (pp. 294-305). Berlin: de Gruyter.
- Interest convergence and divergence in Luxembourgish language-in-education policy In Erfurt J, Weirich A & Caporal-Ebersold E (Ed.), Éducation plurilingue et pratiques langagières: Hommage à Christine Hélot (pp. 185-201). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
- Ich wollte gerne mal Englisch: language in education policy and social inequality in globalising Luxembourg In Dannerer M & Mauser P (Ed.), Formen der Mehrsprachigkeit: Sprachen und Varietäten in sekundären und tertiären Bildungskontexten (pp. 163-179). Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag.
- Language regimes and acts of citizenship in multilingual Luxembourg, Language and Citizenship (pp. 41-64). John Benjamins Publishing Company
- Contesting Ideologies of Linguistic Authority: Perspectives ‘from below’ on Language, Nation and Citizenship in Luxembourg In Rutten G & Horner K (Ed.), Metalinguistic Perspectives on Germanic Languages: European Case Studies from Past to Present (pp. 239-260). Peter Lang
- The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity Taylor & Francis
- Eng flott Diskriminatioun?: Language and Citizenship Policy in Luxembourg as Experience, Discursive Approaches to Language Policy (pp. 159-181). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Shifting ideologies of linguistic authority: language, nation and citizenship in Luxembourg In Rutten G & Horner K (Ed.), Metalinguistic Perspectives on Germanic Languages: European Case Studies from Past to Present Oxford: Peter Lang.
- Metalanguage: Social and historical perspectives on Germanic languages in Europe In Rutten G & Horner K (Ed.), Metalinguistic Perspectives on Germanic Languages: European Case Studies from Past to Present Oxford: Peter Lang.
- Eng flott Diskriminatioun: experiences of language testing and citizenship policies in Luxembourg In Barakos E & Unger J (Ed.), Discursive Approaches to Language Policy London: Palgrave.
- View this article in WRRO Multilingual education and the politics of language in Luxembourg, Past, Present and Future of a Language Border: Germanic-Romance Encounters in the Low Countries (pp. 233-253).
- Language and education in Luxembourg In Corner T (Ed.), Education in the European Union: Pre-2003 Member States (pp. 227-243). London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
- Introduction: Multilingualism and mobility in European context In Horner K, de Saint-Georges I & Weber J-J (Ed.), Multilingualism and Mobility in Europe Policies and Practices (pp. 9-14). Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften.
- Media representations of multilingual Luxembourg: constructing language as a problem, resource, right or duty? In Kelly-Holmes H & Milani TM (Ed.), Thematising Multilingualism in the Media (pp. 23-42). John Benjamins
- Multilingual universities and the monolingual mindset In De Saint-Georges I & Weber J-J (Ed.), Multilingualism and Multimodality: Current Challenges for Educational Studies (pp. 101). Sense Publishers
- The language situation in Luxembourg In Kaplan R, Baldauf Jr R & Kamwangamalu N (Ed.), Language Planning in Europe: Cyprus, Iceland and Luxembourg Routledge
- Luxembourg American cultural heritage In Kmec S & Pit P (Ed.), Lieux de mémoire au Luxembourg (pp. 125-130). Editions St. Paul
- Remembering World War II and legitimating Luxembourgish as the national language: consensus or conflict? In Langer N, Davies S & Vandenbussche W (Ed.), Language and History, Linguistics and Historiography (pp. 447-464). Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
- The Luxembourgish system of education between inclusion and exclusion In Pauly M (Ed.), Migrations au Luxembourg et dans la Grande Région depuis 1980 (pp. 304-310). Editions Binsfeld
- Regimenting language, mobility and citizenship in Luxembourg In Spotti M & Avermaet PV (Ed.), Language Testing, Migration and Citizenship: Cross-National Perspectives on Integration Regimes (pp. 148-166). Continuum
- Revisiting history: the 2007 European Capital of Culture and the integration of fractal Europe In Carl J & Stevenson P (Ed.), Language, discourse and identity in Central Europe: The German Language in a Multilingual Space (pp. 241-260). Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Language, citizenship and Europeanization: unpacking the discourse of integration In Hogan-Brun G, Mar-Molinero C & Stevenson P (Ed.), Discourses on Language and Integration: Critical Perspectives on Language Testing Regimes in Europe (pp. 109-128). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
- Multilingualism in Luxembourg and beyond, Multilingualism, Education and Change (pp. 37-58). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated.
- Research group
Current PhD students
- Cian Hurley (WRoCAH funded) - Multilingual spaces in globalising times: Investigating the impact of English on Luxembourg’s linguistic landscape (Lead supervisor)
- Anthony Connor - Language policy and identity in South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno: Negotiating Dolomites Ladin linguistic minority rights in the context of regional autonomy (Lead supervisor)
- Joshua Bengough-Smith (WRoCAH funded) - Romance language varieties used in France in the sixteenth century (Lead supervisor)
Completed PhD students
- Nahed Arafat (WRoCAH funded) - The impact of language and culture on improving access to psychological therapy for BME patients in Sheffield (Co-supervisor)
- Joanna Kremer (Funded by Chair in Luxembourg Studies) - Experiencing migration, language policy and citizenship 'from below': the case of Luxembourg (Lead supervisor)
- Andrew Bradley (WRoCAH funded) - Language conflict and political ideology in the education system of the Valencian Community and Catalonia (Lead supervisor)
- Sarah Muller (Funded by Chair in Luxembourg Studies) - Young people's multilingual repertoire and language in education policy in Luxembourg (Lead supervisor)
- Teaching activities
I teach the following undergraduate and MA modules in Sheffield:
- MDL107: Understanding Modern France
- MDL215: Language and Society in Luxembourg and the French Borderlands
- MDL301/620: Social Approaches to Multilingualism
- MDL619/621: Topics in Modern Languages and Cultures
- MDL6021: Approaches to Luxembourg Studies
I contribute to the Chinese Scholars Training Programme in Applied Linguistics and Language Policy at the University of Sheffield and the Multilearn MA Programme at the University of Luxembourg. In addition, I teach at summer schools and training programmes for PhD students in the fields of sociolinguistics and multilingualism.
In 2018 and 2019, I was shortlisted for SU Academic Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Assessment and Feedback.
- Professional activities
Administrative Roles in Sheffield
- Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies
- Director of Luxembourg Studies
- Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Languages and Cultures
National and International Roles
- President of the Forum for Germanic Language Studies
- Member of the Editorial Board for Discourse, Context and Media
- Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics and Historical Sociolinguistics: Studies on Language and Society in the Past
- Member of the Scientific Committee for the Sociolinguistics Symposium
- I have served on the AHRC Peer Review College (2013-2019) and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) languages and linguistics subject cluster panel (2016-2019).
- I conduct reviews for international research councils, including Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Luxembourg Research Council – Flanders (FWO), Belgium Social Sciences, National Research Funds of South Africa (NRF) and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC/SSHCR) in addition to reviews for a range of international journals in sociolinguistics and multilingualism.