SWELL -- Swiss Works in English Language and Linguistics


SWELL is an informal organization for the networking of all Swiss doctoral and Habilitation researchers working on the English language.

We meet once a year for a conference on the latest PhD and Habilitation projects in English linguistics. The conferences give young researchers the opportunity to obtain peer feedback on their work, to meet other linguists and to discover mutual interests and collaboration possibilities.


SWELL mailing list 

We have a mailing list to keep each other informed about linguistic matters relevant to our field (guest lectures, conferences, job ads, etc.). If you would like to register, please send a request to Miriam Locher (miriam.locher at unibas.ch). Once you are a member of this list, you can directly post to it by sending a message to "swell at maillist.unibas.ch". (Notice the two 'll' in maillist.)



Next SWELL events 

2018: SWELL conference, University of Neuchatel





Previous SWELL conferences 

2017: SWELL conference in Bern

2016: SWELL conference in Fribourg

2015: SWELL conference in Geneva

2014: SWELL conference in Basel

2013: SWELL conference in Zurich

2012: SWELL conference in Lausanne

2011: SWELL conference in Neuchatel

2010: SWELL conference in Bern

2009: SWELL conference in Fribourg

2008: SWELL conference in Geneva

2007: SWELL conference in Basel

2006: SWELL conference in Zurich

2005: SWELL conference in Bern

2004: SWELL conference in Lausanne

2003: SWELL conference in Fribourg

2002: SWELL conference in Basel

2001: Zurich conference

2000: Bern conference

1999: Bern conference

1998: Bern conference

1997: Bern conference

1996: Bern conference



Previous SWELL and CUSO workshops 

2013: CUSO workshop on linguistic theories on discourse markers with 5 invited speakers

2012: CUSO workshop on "English in a Multilingual World" organized by the University of Fribourg

2012: SWELL workshop organized by the University of Berne with Prof. Janet Holmes

2010: CUSO PhD workshop on 'English in the Media'

2010: SWELL best practice workshop, University of Basle, Dennis Preston

2009: SWELL best practice workshop, University of Basle, David Britain

2008: Zurich lectures, Raj Meshtrie and Joan Beal



PhD education in English linguistics in Switzerland 

Since the 2010s the Swiss universities have actively pushed teaching and learning opportunities on the PhD level. While there are no Swiss federal doctoral programs in (English) linguistics, there are a number of doctoral schools/programs that are of interest to PhD candidates:


CRUS Language & Cognition 
CUSO Doctoral Program in English Language and Literature 
CUSO Programme doctoral en Sciences du langage 
Doctoral programme of the Center for the Study of Language and Society, University of Bern 
Doctoral Programme of the Institute of Advanced Study in he Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bern 
Doktoratsprogramm Linguistik, University of Zurich 
Hermann-Paul School of Linguistics Basel-Freiburg (i. Brsg.) 

Open jobs in English linguistics at Swiss universities 

Open jobs in Swiss English departments, posted by SAUTE;
Open jobs in linguistics, posted by Swiss Linguistics



English Departments in Switzerland 

Basel 
Bern 
Fribourg 
Geneva 
Lausanne 
Neuchatel 
Zurich 

Linguistics in Switzerland 

Please visit swiss-linguistics.com for networking, job and conference announcements 
Please visit language-experts.ch for linguistic topics covered in Switzerland/ 
Last updated: 13.10.2017,11:40, ML