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Current and upcoming news and events

BAEL Research Day

On Thursday, 14.12., the 5th installment of the BAEL Research Day will take place at the IAAK's conference room, with BAEL members giving insights into their ongoing research activities. The program can be downloaded here, and interested visitors are welcome to join us.

Past news and events

Guest Lecture with Professor Lawrence M. Solan: Corpus Linguistics and Legal Analysis

Professor Lawrence M. Solan, linguist and lawyer from the Brooklyn Law School--and current Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Bonn -- gave a guest lecture on "Corpus Linguistics as a Tool in Legal Analysis" on Monday, December 4th.

Lecture by BAEL's Pawel Sickinger

On November 30th, 2017, Pawel Sickinger gave a guest lecture in the Department of Romance Languages entitled "Mental Models, magic words and linguistic loops -- An embodied perspective on the interaction between concepts and linguistic items."

Guest Speaker Andreas Musolff: Framing Brexit

On Monday, November 20th, 2017, Andreas Musolff from the University of East Anglia and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies joined us to give a guest lecture on "Framing Brexit as a rescue from the 'diseased' heart of Europe".

Career Options for Linguists

The first annual Forum Beruf Applied Linguistics took place on November 15th, 2017. Four former students of our MA Applied Linguistics program talked about where their studies took them and what career options are out there to explore.

Internship opportunity at the Kawa Training Center in Zanzibar

The Kawa Training Center in Zanzibar is offering a special opportunity for students to work at their fully certified and licensed vocational training center, supporting the team in setting up English language classes and teaching English as a foreign language. Volunteers should have a high level of English proficiency and should be willing to stay for about 3 months. Previous English teaching experience is appreciated.

Further information can be found here. Interested students are asked to contact Dr. Susanne Mohr at susanne.mohr[at]

Welcome to our new M.A. students

The semester has started and we are welcoming another group of M.A. Applied Linguistics students. Since 2012, we have had Master's students from over 20 different countries on four continents, making our programme truly international.

We wish everyone a good and successful semester!

Workshop at the University of Bochum Writing Centre

The University of Bochum Writing Centre is organizing a one-day 20th anniversary conference on Friday, September 29th, where BAEL's Dr. Stefanie Pohle will lead a workshop titled "Nutzung von Weblogs in der (Fach-)Lehre." She will share her experience with various feedback processes from her LaMa blog project.

10th Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Cologne

On September 30th, 2017, MA students Sarah Lapacz and Inken Mays and Dr. Stefanie Pohle will give a talk entitled "Who am I, who should I be? -- Three perspectives on peer tutoring in writing: Student, tutor, teacher" at the 10th Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. The conference theme is "Out of Character? Enough is Enough: (Conflicts of) Role in Peer Tutoring" in Cologne.

BAEL in Moscow

Pawel Sickinger went to The Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference in Moscow from September 9th-12th. He gave a presentation entitled, "Exploring the conceptual basis of multilingual language processing". He would like to thank the IAAK students and colleagues who provided the data he presented.

Academic Writing and Digital Media at

On Friday, September 1st, 2017, BAEL staff member Stefanie Pohle and Daniel Spielmann of the University of Frankfurt a.M. led a session on "Blogs und ePortfolios: Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und digitale Medien in der Lehre" at the conference in Essen.

Ethnologue Soon Available at the University of Bonn

The Ethnologue database will soon be available to students and staff of the University of Bonn. As of October, you will be able to browse and find out more about the languages of the world.

New street name - RCEP

Don't get lost when looking for the RCEP! As of 1st August, the street will no longer be called Walter-Flex-Straße, but Genscherallee. The RCEP is still in the exact same spot, see the map here.

Research and Technology Workshop

Our annual Research Technology & Software Workshop, offered as part of our MA Applied Linguistics program, took place this past weekend. The participants learned about the advantages and drawbacks of 6 programs that can help with transcription, keylogging, qualitative data analysis, audiovisual recording and editing, and more. They were then given the chance to test these programs in a hands-on environment under the direction of Dr. Stefanie Pohle and 11 student experts.

New insights into (socio)linguistic aspects of African Englishes

Susanne Mohr has published two new articles: "Plural nouns in Tswana English" in World Englishes (early view) and, together with Dunlop Ochieng from the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the Open University of Tanzania, "Language usage in everyday life and in education: current attitudes towards English in Tanzania" in English Today. The former article is concerned with non-standard plurals as found in the Tswana-component of the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE). The latter paper is part of a collaborative project on contemporary language attitudes against the backdrop of the Education and Training Policy (Sera ya Elimu na Mafunzo) introduced in Tanzania in 2014.

BAEL at IprA in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IprA) will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland from July 16th-21st with two contributions from BAEL. Prof. Dr. Klaus P. Schneider will give a talk on "Re-thinking pragmatic variation: The case of service encounters from a modified variational pragmatics perspective." Friederike Sell, Katrin Renkwitz and Klaus P. Schneider will present their findings on "Using the functional and lexical levels of requests to measure pragmatic competence: The case of German school students in Canada." Click here to learn more about the conference.

Linguistics Elective at the GAT

Congratulations to the students from our partner school, the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT), who received certificates for completing an elective course on English linguistics! This course was the product of a year-long cooperation between BAEL and Dr. Marja Meinl of the GAT.

Applied Linguistics in the Helping Professions

Klagenfurt University's Professor Dr. Eva-Maria Graf gave a guest lecture on Friday, July 7th from 10am-12pm in Room B (1.003) on "Coaching, Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Doctor-Patient Interaction: Applied Linguistic Insights into Helping Professions."

Carole Chaski, Ph.D. on Plagiarism and Authorship

On Wednesday, July 5th, Carole Chaski, Ph.D. of George Washington University presented a guest lecture on "Plagiarism and authorship analysis, the modern state of the art in methodology: At the intersection of linguistics, law and economy."

Panel on Urbanized African Sociolinguistics at ECAS7

At the 7th European Conference on African Studies in Basel, Switzerland (June 29th-July 1st), Susanne Mohr and her colleague Helene Steigertahl from Bayreuth University organized a panel on "Urbanized African Sociolinguistics -- Questioning Research Foci" with participants from all over the world. Check out the program here.

English in Tanzania

On June 13th, Susanne Mohr and her colleague Dr. Dunlop Ochieng from the Open University of Tanzania gave a talk entitled "Contemporary use of and attitudes towards English in multilingual Tanzania" at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism in Limerick, Ireland.

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