Johan Järlehed

Senior Lecturer

Department of Swedish, multilingualism, language
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Johan Järlehed


I received my PhD in 2008 at the University of Gothenburg (GU) with a dissertation on the Basque language movement’s image campaigns 1970-2001. After that, I did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for European Studies (CERGU) and worked as a senior lecturer in Spanish at the Department of Culture and Communication at Linköping University, as well as at the Department of Languages ​​and Literatures, GU. In August 2022 I took up my current position as senior lecturer in Multilingualism and Sociolinguistics at the Department of Swedish, Multilingualism, and Language Technology, GU.


My research is about how language, understood in a broad sense, interacts with processes of social change, particularly in urban space. I aim at understanding how such interaction affects people’s views on and use of language, as well as how linguistic ideologies and practices affect social processes. To investigate this, I draw on concepts and methods developed within sociolinguistics, social semiotics, and multimodal critical discourse studies. Thematically, my research extends from minority languages ​​and nationalism in Spain, via language and food, typography and writing, to multilingualism, segregation, and gentrification in Gothenburg.

Research projects

Teaching and supervision

I teach and supervise various undergraduate and graduate courses in Swedish as L2, sociolinguistic research methods, multilingualism in public space, as well as in the Bachelor Program in Language consultancy.

I supervise the PhD candidate Simon Bauer.