about About us

VALS-ASLA, the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics, is a forum for the exchange of knowledge and information in the field of Applied Linguistics, an interdisciplinary field of linguistics in which language-related challenges and real-life problems are examined and results are applied in both practice and theory development.

Your benefits as a VALS-ASLA member 

  • You will be informed via our monthly newsletter about interesting conferences and congresses as well as current job vacancies and projects in the field of Applied Linguistics.
  • You have the possibility to make announcements to and share information with all members via our newsletter.
  • You are entitled to request grants for travel expenses from VALS-ASLA as well as financial support for scientific events.
  • You will receive our journal, the “Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée”, containing articles in German, French, Italian and English free of charge every six months. 
  • You have the possibility to write articles for the Bulletin or to be the editor of a special issue. 
  • You have electronic access to AILA Review, the journal of the International Association for Applied Linguistics. 
  • You can strengthen and expand your network in applied linguistics in Switzerland.

In addition, your membership supports the field of Applied Linguistics in Switzerland. 

  • As a community of interest, VALS-ASLA can conduct scientific work more effectively and can perform social as well as research tasks more successfully.
  • VALS-ASLA actively connects individuals, projects and scientific interests while also contributing to the development of young scientists.


Lorenza Mondada
Prof. Dr.
Universität Basel
Institut für Französische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Maiengasse 51
4056 Basel



Vice President

Regula Schmidlin 
Prof. Dr.
University of Freiburg
Departement für Germanistik
Av. de l'Europe 20
1700 Fribourg



Julia Schneerson
Universität Basel
Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Maiengasse 51
4056 Basel

Philipp Hänggi
Universität Basel
Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Maiengasse 51
4056 Basel



Daniel Elmiger 
Prof. Dr.
Université de Genève
Département de langue et littérature allemandes
Bd des Philosophes 12
1205 Genève

Alain Kamber
Prof. Dr.
Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de langue et civilisation françaises
Faubourg de l'Hôpital 61-63
2000 Neuchâtel

Martin Luginbühl
Prof. Dr.
Universität Basel
Deutsches Seminar
Nadelberg 4
4051 Basel

Gilles Merminod
Dr. Dr.Sc.
Université de Lausanne
Faculté des lettres-Section de français
Quartier UNIL-Chamberonne
1015 Lausanne

Johanna Miecznikowski 
Prof. Dr.
Università della Svizzera italiana
Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione
Istituto di studi italiani
Via G. Buffi 13
6904 Lugano


Accounting Officer

Ulla Kleinberger 
Prof. Dr.
ZHAW Angewandte Linguistik
Institut für Übersetzen und Dolmetschen
Theaterstrasse 15c
8400 Winterthur

Editor-in-chief of the "Bulletin Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée"

Sara Cotelli
Université de Neuchâtel
Centre de langues
Av. du 1er-Mars 26
2000 Neuchâtel


Giuseppe Manno
Prof. Dr.
Hofackerstrasse 30
4132 Muttenz

Thomas Studer
Prof. Dr.
Université de Fribourg
Institut für Mehrsprachigkeit
Rue de Rome 1
1700 Fribourg

Some of our collective members