Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr Sheila Dooley

Second Advisor

Dr Alexandre Couture Gagnon

Third Advisor

Dr Pamela Anderson-Mejias


Throughout the world, language usage is an arena of conflict and resistance. States, institutions, civil society and individuals all impact on language policy in education but the literature has paid scant attention to the specific issue of tertiary education and language planning. My two case studies - the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Catalonia and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Texas, USA - provide a comparison of an established bilingual university and an emerging bilingual university. Both face similar problems regarding language usage but both face unique and idiosyncratic differences. The issue under scrutiny in this thesis is how can a university, which is located in a bilingual area, successfully undertake a long-term project of making the university bilingual when one language does not have similar levels of overt prestige to the other.


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