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
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)
Lectures (Trier University of Applied Sciences)