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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.

New corpus: LINDSEI

We have a new corpus at the RCEP: The Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI). It consists of more than one million spoken words based on informal interviews with advanced learners of English from eleven different language backgrounds. Searchable variables include number of years of English at school and time spent in an English-speaking country. For a bibliography of studies using the LINDSEI, click here.

Past news and events

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.

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.

Impoliteness at School

At the end of May, BAEL's Hanna Bruns & Pawel Sickinger returned to the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT) to conduct a final linguistics workshop, this time focusing on the topic of "impoliteness". This was part of a year-long BAEL outreach project in cooperation with Dr. Marja Meinl and her students.

BAELc6 - a great success

This year's BAEL conference is over, and organizing it was a truly exciting and rewarding experience. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this such a wonderful event. Have a look at the conference page for some impressions (including photos).

BAELc6 keynote and schedule

BAEL's sixth annual conference is just around the corner (taking place on May 12-13), and you can now see the conference schedule here. Also, the title for the keynote has been decided on: Jo Angouri will be talking about The politics of language: Negotiating boundaries at work.

BAEL conferences

BAEL talk at Dies Academicus

At this summer's Dies Academicus (17.05.2017), BAEL gave a talk titled "Why the study of LAnguage MAtters in school – ein Wissenschaftsblog bringt Schüler*innen und Studierende zusammen". Stefanie Pohle and Pawel Sickinger were joined by MA student Hanna Bruns and English teacher Timo Brede to present an outreach project centered on the LAnguage MAtters blog.

Download the poster for the talk

Stefanie Pohle was awarded Bonn Uni's e-teaching certificate

Stefanie Pohle is the first staff member ever to be awarded Bonn University's eTeaching certificate. The corresponding training comprised various workshops about topics such as webinars, e-assessment or copyright issues, all connected to the theme of connecting digital media and didactics. Her final project for the certificate is the blog "Language Matters".

(c) Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Integrating teaching and outreach

Connecting teaching in the MA Applied Linguistics with our outreach activities, Stefanie Pohle has designed an innovative project: The blog "Language Matters! – Exciting insights into the realm of Applied Linguistics", specifically created for this purpose. MA students write posts on linguistics topics covered in class and a group of high-school students at the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT) read these posts and ask questions about them. It's a win-win situation: Our students process the contents in additional ways, and the GAT students learn more about different linguistic fields.

Dr. Susanne Mohr is now a junior member of the AWK!

Congratulations to Susanne Mohr on the great honour of being admitted to the Junge Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste! The press release including information on the institution (in German) can be found here.

           (c) AWK NRW

More funding from Humboldt-Stiftung for ACiME

Our research project on Academic Communication in Multimedia Environment (ACiME), funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, has just been awarded a new grant from the foundation for the upcoming 1.5 years. The project is a Bulgarian-German cooperation and has been running since 2013.

Webcasts of lectures at MeEP summer school now available

There are now webcasts available of some of the lectures delivered at the MeEP (GAL Research School for Methods in Empirical Pragmatics) this past September: To learn from John Kirk about using corpora for pragmatics research, or from Michael Haugh about how to do research in interactional pragmatics, find the link here.

Step two of outreach project with GAT students

Earlier this month, we completed step two of this year's outreach project with the Gymnasium zum Altenforst: The students who participate in the course came to visit BAEL's Research Centre for Empirical Pragmatics (RCEP) to try out some linguistics research. They learned about working with fictional data and how to investigate pragmatic features in it.

Talk by Hannah Aengenvoort at Forum Linguistik

Former student assistant Hannah Aengenvoort presented some results of her BA dissertation “Assessing Attitudes towards Papua New Guinea’s Language Policy in Education” at the Forum Linguistik. She was awarded the Queen’s Prize for the dissertation.

New BAEL Outreach Project

Some of our MA students have created a scientific blog, writing about research in various areas of applied linguistics. Students from our partner school, the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf, read and discuss the blog entries in the context of their English classes and had the opportunity to interact with the authors on the blog's website.

Talk by Susanne Mohr at the Annual Conference of the IRAAL

BAEL's Susanne Mohr, in collaboration with Dunlop Ochieng, gave a talk at the Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics on November, 19th in Dublin. The title of the presentation was: "The use of English in everyday life and as medium of instruction in Tanzania: an attitude study."

Click here to take a look at the conference programme.

Outreach project in linguistics with Gymnasium in Troisdorf

On 25 October, BAEL's Pawel Sickinger visited the Gymnasium Troisdorf to give a workshop on Politeness Theory and the concept of face. The school students attending are participating in a project class on linguistics taught by Dr. Marja Meinl, part of an ongoing cooperation between the GAT and Bonn University. A second workshop will take place in December at the RCEP.

Information on our outreach activities

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