Dr. Philippe Humbert

Postdoctoral researcher

Research domains

  • Interactional sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and ethnography
  • Multilingualism, minorities, power and inequalities
  • Francophonie and globalization
  • Disabilities and languages in society
  • Politics and epistemology of language documentation
  • Didactics of foreign languages and multilingualism

Research projects (direction)


Discourse, Disability and Inequality

Developing a Sociolinguistic Approach to Disability


01.2023 - 12.2024

How do I find out if a train is wheelchair-friendly? Should I talk about my "disability" at job interviews? What types of educational support are available for disabled children, and who should I contact to apply for it? Are the toilets in...


Documenting Francophonie without borders

The Power of words and numbers


01.2021 - 12.2023

The 19th century saw a proliferation of scientific documentary works contributing to the production of knowledge about languages and their speakers around the world. These included linguistic corpora, ethnographic reports, maps and language...

Research projects (collaboration)


01.2016 - 12.2018

The purpose of this project is to conduct a detailed analysis on language census issues in Switzerland since the 19th century and to better understand the role this tool plays in the Swiss political landscape. This project will also support...


01.2016 - 12.2017

This literature review aims to present an overview of scientific research on the social, political and linguistic issues of language census by analysing international works conducted in various sociopolitical and sociolinguistic contexts....


09.2014 - 08.2015

In collaboration with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) In 2010, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) began conducting an annual population census. The data are mainly gathered from registers of residents, with additional information coming...