Modern Languages

Gabriele Budach


Primary position:


The University of Southampton

I studied French, Italian and Russian at the Universities of Leipzig/Germany, Rouen/France and Pisa/Italy. I spent one year as visiting researcher at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto/Canada and completed a PhD on French adult literacy in Canada at the University of Frankfurt. I have taught at Frankfurt from 1997-2008 and joined Modern Languages in Southampton as lecturer in French Linguistics in February 2008.

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The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Patrick , Donna and Budach, Gabriele (2012) "Chaque objet raconte une histoire" - Les pratiques de littératie chez des Inuit en milieu urbain. Cahiers de l’Acedle, 9, (2), 85-108.
Patrick, Donna , Budach, Gabriele and Mackpaloo, Igah (2012) Family language policy in an urban Inuit community. Language Policy (In Press).
Budach, Gabriele (2010) Pedagogies in context: perspectives on contemporary Spain. Linguistics and Education, 21, (3), 244-255. (doi:10.1016/j.linged.2010.07.001).
Budach, Gabriele, Petrus, Martin, Paasch, Eva, Rohmeier, Jochen, Reimer, Peter and Toussaint, Peter (2006) Romanistische Lehre und ihre Ressourcen: HipHop als Feld und Fundgrube [Advancing Romance Linguistics: HipHop as a field and resource for teaching]. Grenzgänge, 12, (25), 109-124.
Budach, Gabriele, Roy, Sylvie and Heller, Monica (2003) Community and commodity in French Ontario. Language in Society, 32, (5), 603-627. (doi:10.1017/S0047404503325011).


Erfurt, Jürgen and Budach, Gabriele (eds.) (2008) Standardisierung und Destandardisierung des Französischen und Spanischen in der Romania. [Standardisation and Destandardisation of French and Spanish in Romance language areas], Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Peter Lang, 248pp. (Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel, 7).
Budach, Gabriele, Erfurt, Jürgen and Kunkel, Melanie (eds.) (2008) Écoles plurilingues - multilingual schools: Konzepte, Institutionen und Akteure, Frankfurt am Main, DE, Peter Lang, 432pp. (Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und Sozialer Wandel, 8).
Budach, Gabriele (2003) Diskurse und Praxis der Alphabetisierung von Erwachsenen im frankophonen Kanada. [Discourses and practice of French adult literacy in francophone Canada]., Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Peter Lang, 352pp. (Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel, 3).

Book Section

Budach, Gabriele (2012) Part of the puzzle: the retrospective interview as reflexive practice in ethnographic collaborative research. In, Gardner, Sheena and Martin-Jones, Marilyn (eds.) Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography. Abingdon, GB, Routledge, 319-333. (Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism).
Budach, G. (2009) 'Canada meets France': recasting identities of Canadianness and Francité through global economic exchanges. In, Collins, James, Baynham, Mike and Slembrouck, Stef (eds.) Globalization and Language in Contact: Scale, Migration, and Communicative Practices. London, GB, Continuum, 209-232. (Advances in Sociolinguistics).
Budach, Gabriele (2009) Multilingual education in Germany: discourses, practices and experiences in two-way immersion. In, Torres-Guzmán, Maria E. and Gomez, Joel (eds.) Global Perspectives on Multilingualism: Unity in Diversity. New York, USA, Teachers College Press, 169-199.
Budach, Gabriele, Dreher, Ulrike and Patrizia, Spanù (2008) Se non è chiaro prendete l'abaco: wege zu einem bilingualen curriculum im schnittpunkt von multimodalität und tandem-lehren. In, Budach, Gabriele, Erfurt, Jurgen and Kunkel, Melanie (eds.) Écoles Plurilingues - Multilingual Schools: Konzepte, Institutionen und Akteure. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Peter Lang, 291-316. (Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel 8).
Budach, Gabriele (2008) Une mine d’art : Le Rap montréalais et l’écriture. In, Erfurt, Jurgen and Budach, Gabriele (eds.) Standardisation et Déstandardisation / Estandarización y Desestandarización: Le Français et l'Espagnol au XXe Siècle / El Francés y el Español en el Siglo XX. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Peter Lang, 113-138. (Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel 7).
Budach, Gabriele, Moise, Claudine, Duchêne, Alexandre and Richards, A. (2007) Bison, feuille d'érable et fleur de lys du Canada, les stéréotypes existent-ils toujours? In, Boyer, Henri (ed.) Stéréotypage, Stéréotypes : Fonctionnements Ordinaires Et Mises En Scène. Stéréotypage, stéréotypes: fonctionnements ordinaires et mises en scène Paris, France, L'Harmattan.
Budach, Gabriele (2005) Mehrsprachigkeit in der Grundschule? Betrachtungen zur Praxis von Language Awareness in einem bilingualen Projekt [Multilingualism in primary education? On the practice of Language Awareness in a bilingual project]. In, Burwitz-Melzer, Eva and Solmecke, Gert (eds.) Niemals zu früh und selten zu spät. Fremdsprachenunterricht in Schule und Erwachsenenbildung. Berlin, Germany, Cornelsen, 34-52.


Research Interests

Current research projects

For the past five years I have been conducting research on bilingual education (Italian-German) in a primary school in inner Frankfurt. The main focus has been on simultaneous bilingual literacy teaching and learning, collaborative bilingual team-teaching and cross-linguistic and cross-subject curriculum planning.

An online-publication to disseminate findings of that research is in preparation.

I am a member of the research team C.I.E.N. (Comunicación Intercultural Estrategias de Negociación) and Co-Investigator in a Project entitled: "Managing Multilingualism in Institutional Contexts" – [PI: Melissa Moyer (Universitat Autònoma di Barcelona)] – which is funded by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain.

I am also Co-Investigator in a Canadian SSHRC funded project on: "Multiliteracies in an Urban Inuit Community". (PI: Prof. Donna Patrick/Carlton University/Ottawa, in collaboration with the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre), 2009-2012 SSHRC Research Grant, $Can 300k

I am interested in sociolinguistics, multilingualism, literacy and socio-cultural aspects of learning and teaching. In my research I explore issues of language, identity and knowledge construction and the ways in which they are reconfigured in trans-national contexts. I see a particular strength in ethnographic research as it allows one to connect concrete situations of social interaction with broader social processes.

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching interests include sociolinguistics of French and the francophone world (with a focus on Canada), socio-cultural aspects of literacy, bilingual education and issues of multilingualism, linguistic minorities and youth culture.

Postgraduate Supervision

I would be happy to advise candidates with doctoral research projects in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, especially (but not necessarily) in relation to French and French Canada. Topics of particular interest to me include:

  • Literacy in multilingual societies
  • Discourses and practices in bilingual/multilingual education
  • Teaching and learning in multilingual trans-national contexts
  • Language and processes of identification
  • Language and identity in youth culture
  • Language ideological debates and language standardisation

Current supervision
I am currently advising two doctoral students:

  • Catherine Blundell (supervisor Patrick Stevenson) “Care giving and receiving across cultures: a linguistic analysis of the relationship between the elderly and their live-in carers in Bologna, Italy.
  • Anne Preston (supervisor Ros Mitchell) “The contribution of interaction to learner motivation in the MFL classroom” (completed in May 2009)


Dr Gabriele Budach
Building 65
Faculty of Humanities
University of Southampton
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United Kingdom

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Telephone: (023) 8059 3976