An Ethnography of Language Encounters: Language and Interaction in the Globalized Corporation

  • Haberland, Hartmut (Project manager)
  • Barfod, Sonja (Project participant)
  • Hazel, Spencer (Project participant)
  • Kraft, Kamilla (Project participant)
  • Lønsmann, Dorte (Project participant)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    The LINGCORP research project analyzes the challenges many corporations experience today as a consequence of the linguistic and cultural diversity present in their staff structures. Research has shown that this kind of diversity poses several challenges to the individual employee as well as to companies on an overall level, and that these challenges may encumber social integration between co-workers. The aim of LINGCORP is to identify these challenges, while working from the notion that linguistic diversity is a resource. The researchers will determine language ideologies (i.e. attitudes to languages, multilingualism and integration) and linguistic practices in order to find out what happens when people with different linguistic backgrounds meet and interact in a work-situation. The project provides a unique insight into the potentials and barriers facilitated by linguistic and cultural diversity in Danish international corporations.
    Effective start/end date01/08/201231/03/2016

    Research Output

    • 2 Book chapter
    • 1 Anthology
    • 1 Journal article
    • 1 Contribution to newspaper - Newspaper article

    Introduction to Special Issue on Transience: Emerging Norms of Language Use

    Lønsmann, D., Haberland, H. & Hazel, S., 18 Dec 2017, In : Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 27, 3, p. 264–270 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access

    Lingua franca i international virksomhedskommunikation

    Haberland, H., Aug 2016, Kommunikation i internationale virksomheder. Nielsen, M. F., Due, B. L., Toft, T. L. W., Gravengaard, G. & Nielsen, A. M. R. (eds.). Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur, p. 231-235 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    Academics respond: Brexit would weaken UK university research and funding

    Hazel, S., 11 Nov 2015, In : The Guardian.

    Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

    Open Access

    The position of Danish, English and other languages at Danish universities in the context of Danish society

    Haberland, H. & Preisler, B., 2015, Language Policy in Higher Education: The case of medium-sized languages. Vila, F. X. & Bretxa, V. (eds.). Bristol: Multilingual Matters, p. 15-42 27 p. (Multilingual Matters Series, Vol. 158).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


    • 6 Lecture and oral contribution
    • 1 Organisation and participation in conference

    Negotiated exclusion – on the constitution of ‘otherness’ in a multilingual workplace setting

    Spencer Hazel (Lecturer)

    1 Feb 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

    Language and Super-diversity

    Spencer Hazel (Organizer)

    6 Jun 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

    Choosing a language in international office service encounters – from multilingual miscellany to medium-of-interaction in a matter of seconds

    Spencer Hazel (Lecturer)

    18 Jun 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

    Interaction analytic perspectives on research interviews

    Spencer Hazel (Speaker)

    18 Feb 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution