Doctoral Researcher & Lecturer English Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Coordination of Continuing Education Program, Language and Intercultural Communication
In my PhD thesis, I analyze how speakers from different linguacultural backgrounds use English as a Lingua Franca to communicate via Skype. I am particularly interested in two main areas: (1) How do interlocutors negotiate meaning in interaction, i.e. how do they communicate what they mean when it comes to unknown words or untranslatable concepts, and (2) how do they negotiate their own and their interlocutor’s various (personal, regional, national, transnational) identities. Regarding the negotiation of meaning, I analyze realizations of assertive language use and innovation, functions of code-switching, the use of definitions, and functions of non-verbal elements in interaction. For the negotiation of identities, I focus, in particular, on the discussion of culturally specific items, othering, and the negotiation of culturally problematic topics.
My thesis not only contributes to the field of English as a Lingua Franca through the use of new, multimodal data, it also provides an overview of valuable and concrete strategies for using English as a Lingua Franca in international contexts.
Completed research projects
Monographs and Corpora
Brunner, Marie-Louise; and Stefan Diemer. 2019b. Meaning negotiation and customer engagement in a digital BELF setting: A study of Instagram company interactions. Iperstoria – Testi Letterature Linguaggi 13(1): 15-33 [Special section: Negotiating Meaning in Business English as a Lingua Franca, ed. by Alessia Cogo and Paola Vettorel]. http://www.iperstoria.it/joomla/numeri/165-indice-numero-xiii-spring-2019.
Brunner, Marie-Louise. 2019. “You’ll need help from your adult assistant” – Readership accommodation in children’s recipes. Text & Talk 39 (4), 441-463. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2019-2035.
Brunner, Marie-Louise; and Stefan Diemer. 2019a. Section on "Business Goes Intercultural: Developing an Intercultural Marketing Campaign" In: Whalen, D. Joel; Pamela Bourjaily; Marie-Louise Brunner; Stefan Diemer; Sara Doan; Susan Hall Webb; Xiaoli Li; Yingqin Liu; Adam Lloyd; Tara Moore; Sabrina K. Pasztor; Andrew B. Quagliata; Leslie Seawright; Emil B. Towner; and Mary B. Zink. 2019. “Selections From the ABC 2018 Annual Conference, Miami, Florida: Teaching Innovations Bright as the Tropical Sun.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 82(2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/232949061983338.
Interviews and press articles
Introduction to Linguistics (Saarland University)
Advanced seminars (Proseminar, Saarland University)
Advanced seminars (Trier University of Applied Sciences)
Graduate seminar (Hauptseminar, Saarland University)
Research and Exam Colloquium (Forschungs- und Examenskolloquium, Saarland University)
Lectures (Trier University of Applied Sciences)