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Rhaeto-Romance Language and Literature

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Apart from the University of Zurich, the University of Fribourg is the only university which offers a doctoral programme in Rhaeto-Romance Language and Literature, in addition to the bachelor and master programme in Rhaeto-Romance. Because of the anchoring of Rhaeto-Romance in the Department of Multilingualism and Foreign Language Education, at Fribourg the sociolinguistic, language contact, language teaching and language learning aspects are particularly self-evident. Doctoral students can, however, choose sub-disciplines such as synchronic and diachronic description of Rhaeto-Romance, the history of the Rhaeto-Romance language and Rhaeto-Romance literature.

Theses in Rhaeto-Romance Language and Literature can be paired with an existing doctoral programme or a specific credit-based programme focused on a research project.

  • Doctoral students working on theses in the fields of sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics or language teaching and learning research can complete the doctoral programme Multilingualism: acquisition, education and society (Universities of Fribourg, Bern and Lausanne) or the doctoral programme Language and Cognition (Universities of Fribourg, Geneva and Neuchâtel).
  • Theses dedicated to the synchronic and diachronic description of Rhaeto-Romance and history of the Rhaeto-Romance language are accompanied through the Sciences du langage doctoral programme of the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO).
  • Doctoral students in Rhaeto-Romance literature can access the doctoral programme Allgemeine und vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft [General and comparative literature] of the Schweizerischen Universitätskonferenz (SUK).

When creating a specific project-related programme, bear in mind that the following aspects are taken into consideration:

  • A) general academic training
  • B) thematic specialisation
  • C) soft skills/basic competences

For parts A and B, the following study credits may be taken into account: visiting doctoral conferences, doctoral seminars and scientific workshops, taking part in a session with a presentation and writing a scientific article. For the thesis project, essential basic skills (part C) can be acquired by attending courses at the University of Fribourg and/or other universities.

Professors who are eligible to supervise theses

  • Prof. Matthias Grünert

Areas of specialisation:
– Synchronic and diachronic description of Rhaeto-Romance
– Variation linguistics
– Contact linguistics
– Sociolinguistics of the trilingual canton of Graubünden

Theses can be supervised in German, French or Rhaeto-Romance.

  • Prof. Raphael Berthele

Areas of specialisation:
– Contact linguistics
– Variation linguistics
– Psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics

Theses can be supervised in German, English or French.

  • Prof. Alexandre Duchêne

Areas of specialisation:
– Critical sociolinguistics
– Language anthropology
– Language policy

Theses can be supervised in German, English or French.

Studies organisation

Structure of studies

ECTS credits can be earned.

Doctoral school

http://studies.unifr.ch/go/fr-phd-comparative-literature (French)
http://studies.unifr.ch/go/de-phd-comparative-literature (German)


In order to be admitted to a doctorate the candidate must have been awarded an academic bachelor's and master's degree or an equivalent qualification from a university recognised by the University of Fribourg.

Before applying for a doctorate the candidate must contact a professor who would be willing to supervise the thesis work.

There is no general right to be admitted to a doctorate.

The respective conditions of admission for each doctoral study programme are reserved.