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Crime Week with Dr. Alison Johnson

From 8th to 12th June 2015, Dr. Alison Johnson (University of Leeds) will return to Bonn University for another week full of forensic linguistics. Please click here for the detailed programme.

Guest lecture Prof. Dr. Anne Schröder

On Monday, 27th April 2015, Prof. Dr. Anne Schröder (University of Bielefeld) will give a guest lecture on "The Dynamics of English in Namibia". The talk will take place in Room 1.003 (Room B) in the English Department, Regina-Pacis-Weg 5, from 12 to 2 pm. Everybody interested is welcome to join.

ACiME conference 2015

From 12-14th September 2015, the ACiME team will hold a conference on "Academic Communication in Multimedia Environment" in Sofia, Bulgaria and it is still possible to submit abstracts (deadline: 15th March). Please click here for the official conference call on LinguistList and here for further information on the project. The project now also has its own website with all relevant information.


A great thanks to all the participants of the fourth annual Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference. We had a wonderful time and hope to welcome you back next year!
Please click here for further information on the conference.

English studies at "Hochschultage 2015"

At the "Hochschultage" at Bonn University, the IAAK will present its study programs to prospective new students. On Tuesday, 24.02.2015, four brief presentations will cover different aspects of English studies, including a talk on Applied Linguistics by Pawel Sickinger. The presentations start at 3pm at lecture hall 9 in the university's main building.

Official homepage for the "Hochschultage" (German)

“Mama Zimbi, pls help me!”

Our student assistant Elisabeth Hampel has published her study on "Gender differences in (im)politeness in Ghanaian Enlish advice-giving on Facebook" in the Journal of Politeness Research. Congratulations!

Press release by the University of Bonn (in German)

New article by Pawel Sickinger and Klaus P. Schneider

Linguistica has published Pawel Sickinger's and Klaus P. Schneider's new article on "Pragmatic competence and the CEFR: pragmatic profiling as a link between theory and language use"! Abstract and full PDF are available here.



Dies Academicus talk

On Wednesday, 3rd December 2014, Pawel Sickinger and Elina Löwen gave a talk on "Schule und Sprachwissenschaft - Zwei Welten ohne Berührungspunkte?" in the context of Bonn University's Dies Academicus. The presentation can be downloaded here.

Queen's Prize for Inken Mays

Congratulations to our M.A. student and student assistant Inken Mays who has been awarded the Queen's Prize for her bachelor thesis on requesting in Welsh English and English English. Please click here to view a short video podcast introducing this year's prize winners.

Pawel Sickinger's dissertation project

Congratulations to our researcher Pawel Sickinger! The University of Bonn has published an article about his dissertation project (article in German). He has also been interviewed by DRadio Wissen on his work - please click here to listen to the interview from 27th August (interview in German). On 22nd October 2014, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger has also published an article on the project. The most recent article was published on 11th November 2014 in General-Anzeiger Bonn.

Linguistics & Crime week

We had the honour to welcome Dr Alison Johnson (University of Leeds), expert in forensic linguistics and former police officer, for our annual Linguistics & Crime week. She was with us for the entire week between 7th and 11th July 2014, granting us some fascinating insights into the world of forensic linguistics. Please click here for a detailed programme.

New book release

The latest publication in the "Handbook of Pragmatics" series is now available at De Gruyter. Volume editors Klaus P. Schneider and Anne Barron present Handbook of Pragmatics 3: "Pragmatics of Discourse".

Book details and order


The Third Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference took place at Bonn University from 23rd to 24th May 2014. The keynote was held by Prof. Dr. Anne Barron (Leuphana University, Lüneburg).

Conference photos and programme

Guest lecture Janet Holmes

On Wednesday, 4th June 2014, Janet Holmes (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand) will give a guest lecture on "Variational Pragmatics and Applied Linguistics: Sociopragmatic Dimensions of Workplace Talk". The talk will take place in lecture hall XVII from 10am to 12 pm. Please click here to download an abstract. Everybody interested is welcome to join.



ACiME presentation at the Dies Academicus

On the Dies Academicus, 4th December 2013, Dr. Mariya Chankova (South-West University "N. Rilski", Bulgaria), Esther Breuer, and Michelle Kühnel presented BAEL's latest research project, "Academic Communication in Multimedia Environment" (ACiME), funded by the Humboldt Foundation. We would like to thank the audience for their participation and their many interesting questions and ideas.

(from left to right: Esther Breuer, Dr. Mariya Chankova, Michelle Kühnel)

Download the presentation slides. (246kb)

Further information on the ACiME project.

Talk by Dr. Mariya Chankova

On 9th December 2013, 10am-12pm, room 1.002, Dr. Mariya Chankova (assistant professor at South-West University "N. Rilski", Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) will give a talk on "Who needs speech act theory anyway?". This talk is public and everyone interested is welcome to join.

Workshop "Quantitative Methods"

On Friday, 13th and Saturday, 14th December 2013, a statistics workshop for 2nd year MA Applied Linguistics students will take place at the English Department. However, there are still about 12 additional slots left for 1st year MA and 3rd year BA students who want to gain an insight into statistics in the context of empirical research studies in linguistics. If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact Dr. Stefanie Pohle at s.pohle(at)

Further information (download)

Prof. Schneider elected president of "Deutscher Anglistenverband"

Prof. Schneider has been elected president of the German Society for the Study of English ("Deutscher Anglistenverband").

Further information

New book release: Pragmatics of Speech Actions

 The latest publication in the "Handbook of Pragmatics" series, co-edited by Klaus P. Schneider, is now available at De Gruyter. Volume editors Marina Sbisà and Ken Turner present Handbook of Pragmatics 2: "Pragmatics of Speech Actions.

Book details and order

Presentations MA "Research Trends"

On Monday, 8th July, and Friday, 12th July, Esther Breuer and Susanne Mohr will give presentations in the MA Applied Linguistics module "Research Trends":

  • Monday, 8th July, 4-6pm, room A: "First Language versus Foreign Language" - Esther Breuer
  • Friday, 12th July, 10am-12pm, conference room: "The visual-gestural modality and beyond: Mouth actions in Irish Sign Language and their (socio)linguistic context" - Susanne Mohr

Both presentations are open to the public and everyone interested is welcome to join.

BAELc2 wrap-up

The BAELc2 conference last weekend has been a full success and a great experience for us organizers. The BAEL team would like to thank everyone for their attendance, contributions and some very interesting encounters. We are already looking forward to hosting BAELc3 next year.

You can see the conference programme and some impressions here: BAELc2

BAEL Linguistics & Crime

From 24 to 28 June, BAEL welcomes Dr. Alison Johnson (University of Leeds), international expert in forensic linguistics and former police officer. She will join us for a theme week on linguistics and crime, including a talk titled 'Rape, Murder and Blackmail: All in a day's work'.

Guest lecture by Prof. Gila Schauer

On Monday, June 10, we are pleased to welcome Prof. Gila Schauer (University of Erfurt) for a guest lecture titled: "Interlanguage pragmatics: what do learners need to know and what do teachers need to teach?" The lecture - which is part of the lecture series "Language Use in Interaction" - takes place in lecture hall 17 from 10-12am. Visitors are welcome!

More information on the event

BAELc2 - Second Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference

On 7th and 8th June 2013, the Second Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference with a special focus on Variational Pragmatics will take place at the University of Bonn. The keynote will be held by Markus Bieswanger (University of Bayreuth).

More Conference programme and more information

New book release: Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication

The latest publication in the "Handbook of Pragmatics" series, co-edited by Klaus P. Schneider, is now available at De Gruyter. Volume editors Susan Herring, Dieter Stein, and Tuija Virtanen present Handbook of Pragmatics 9: "Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication."

  Book details and order

BAEL presentation at the English Profile Seminar in Cambridge

Bonn Applied English Linguistics gave a presentation at the English Profile seminar no. 14 in Cambridge, talking about the importance of pragmatic competence and methods for assessing it ins learners. We also presented the BAEL research project PRA.PRO including some sample results from previous studies.

More information and the presentation slides can be found here.



BAEL presentation at Dies Academicus

English is a universal means of communication in multi-national organisations where it is used by many non-native speakers. Even though their overall competence is outstanding, communicative challenges may still arise. These challenges may be of high costs to the organisations.

At this semester's Dies Academicus (December 5, 2012) we presented our new research project "Business English in International Organisations" (BEIO). The talk was held by Terry Haggerty, SAP manager in the UK and the initiator of this project, together with Susanne Strubel-Burgdorf and Katharina Weber, researchers from Bonn Applied English Linguistics. 

The slides of the presentation are available here:

BEIO Presentation at the Dies Academicus

New book release: Cognitive Pragmatics

The latest publication in the "Handbook of Pragmatics" series, co-edited by Klaus P. Schneider, is now available at De Gruyter. Volume editor Hans-Jörg Schmid present Handbook of Pragmatics 4: "Cognitive Pragmatics."

  Book details and order

New M.A. Applied Linguistics

We are excited to see our new interdisciplinary master's program "M.A. Applied Linguistics" start now and would like to welcome all of our new master students. Note that classes for this program begin in the second week of the semester (Oct 16).

information on the program

frequently asked questions (faqs)

First BAEL Conference: Pragmatics and Beyond

On Saturday, January 28, 2012 we held our first conference, Pragmatics and Beyond - Investigating varieties, processes and functions of language.

Thanks to all speakers for their great presentations and to our visitors. We hope you enjoyed the conference and to see you again next time.

about the conference programme



New book release: Pragmatics of Society

The latest publication in the "Handbook of Pragmatics" series, co-edited by Klaus P. Schneider, is now available at De Gruyter. Volume editors Gisle Andersen and Karin Aijmer present Handbook of Pragmatics 5: "Pragmatics of Society."

  Book details and order

BAEL presentation at Dies Academicus

When it comes to writing emails to a professor, students often hesitate. Which form of greeting is appropriate and which is too formal? And how do the recipients really perceive these emails?

We will present results from our research project "Emerging E-mail Etiquette" (EEE) at this semester's Dies Academicus, December 7, 2011. The presentation takes place in HS II of the Hauptgebäude from 11 - 12 o'clock (c.t.).

info about the Dies Academicus

Stepin announces raffle winners among Canada exchange students

Our cooperation partner Stepin raffled off three Musicload coupons among all students of the Canada Highschool exchange programme who participated in every QEU survey over the past year.

Congratulations to Alexandra B. (Mahlow), Jonas L. (Dresden) and Sophie G. (Wuppertal) - and many thanks to Stepin for providing the coupons!

about the cooperation

about Stepin

Two PhD scholarships at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Anne Barron, Professor of English Linguistics at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and former assistant professor at BAEL, is looking for two PhD students in the area of interlanguage pragmatics and variational pragmatics.

Applicants are required to have a Master's degree or equivalent (e.g. Magister) in English Studies, linguistics or a related field, with an above-average grade.

read the full scholarship announcement

Guest Lecture on German Names

The lecture period is coming to an end, and one last time BAEL and Linguistisches Forum present a guest lecture in the lecture series "Sprachwelten". This time Dr. Tobias Vogelfänger will give a talk titled: "Zum baldigen Comeback der Lehramtsstudiengänge: Linguistik an der Schnittstelle Schule/Hochschule - das Beispiel Personennamen".

Join us for this event on July 11, 2-4pm in lecture hall XVII (IAAK).

More on the guest lecture (in German)

More programme of the lecture series (in German)

Guest lecture Silvia Ulivi

The next talk in our guest lecture series "Sprachwelten", presented by BAEL and Linguistisches Forum, will be held by Silvia Ulivi, MA: "Zugmäßig fährt hier alles planmäßig: eine profimäßige Organisation!" Wortbildungsmittel zwischen Komposition und Derivation.

Come and join us on July 4, 2-4pm in lecture hall XVII (IAAK).

on the guest lecture (in German)

programme of the lecture series (in German)

Talk on positive evaluations and compliments

BAEL team member Susanne Strubel-Burgdorf will talk about positive evaluations and compliments next Monday, June 27, 2-4pm in seminar room D.

Her talk is part of our lecture series "Sprachwelten", presented by BAEL and Linguistisches Forum.

about the talk

programme of the lecture series (in German)



Presentation BAEL - Report

In case you missed our presentation at Dies Academicus this winter term or you want to refresh your memories, you can find a brief summary of the event here:

report Dies Academicus winter term 2010/11

BAEL presentation at Dies Academicus

In cooperation with the Linguistisches Forum the BAEL team presented two of our ongoing research projects at this semester's Dies Academicus.

The presentation was given from 11am to 1pm on 8 December in lecture hall 17 of the IAAK (Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie).

info about the presentation

info about the Dies Academicus

Recent event: lecture series "Linguistisches Forum"

This winter semester’s lecture series “Linguistisches Forum” focused on empirical methods in linguistics. BAEL staff members presented their own as well as the chair’s research projects.  As usual the lectures were open to all: students, lecturers and visitors alike.

agenda of the lecture series (52 kb)

Outreach at BAEL

A final presentation just marked the end of this year's school project for five pupils from the Christophorus School (CJD) in Königswinter. The project is part of the cooperation between the IAAK and CJD, and was initiated by BAEL.

about this year's school project

SPICE-Ireland now available

We are now in possession of the SPICE-Ireland corpus (Systems of Pragmatic annotation for the spoken component of ICE-Ireland), which provides pragmatic and discourse annotation to the spoken part of ICE-Ireland.

Info about SPICE-Ireland

Dissertation on Black South African English now available

Verena Minow, former research assistant at BAEL, has published her dissertation on Black South African English which you can now order here:

Variation in the Grammar of Black South African English

Verena Minow at Bochum University

Dies Academicus May 2010 - Report

The Dies Academicus on May 19th has seen another open house at the RCEP, but this time around with a slightly different setup. BAEL presented ongoing projects and let visitors have a hand at some authentic linguistic research work.

Report and photos



Dies Academicus Winter semester 2009/10

This semester, BAEL's workshop in the Research Centre for Empirical Pragmatics (RCEP) on Dies Academicus was only one part of a larger series of events.

The day started with the screening of the US documentary "The Linguists", which attracted many interested visitors despite the early hour.

about the event

Guest lecture by Miriam Locher

In the course of the "Linguistics and everyday life" lecture series of Bonn Applied English Linguistics, Miriam A. Locher (University of Basel) gave the first lecture on December 1, 2009, titled "'Come on, I am not a moron' - Theorising impoliteness online" (HS XVII, 10-12).

After a concise overview on previous research in the field of politeness and relational work in general, Professor Locher defined the key concepts of the research area that have emerged from it and provided some concrete examples for their representation in the context of internet-based communication.

"Multikulti-Knigge" with Prof. Schneider on Australian radio

Prof. Schneider has been featured in an ongoing series on intercultural communication by Australian radio station SBS. 

The final part is now online, closing the series with some anecdotal accounts.

Listen to all eight parts of the series

Listen at the SBS radio homepage (uncut version)

Master’s Programme in English Linguistics

The application period has been extended until Friday, September 4!

The Department of English, American and Celtic Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany is offering a newly accredited Master’s programme in English Linguistics.

This new taught MA programme focuses on the English language in its social, cultural and historical contexts world-wide.

English Linguistics master programme

English Linguistics master programme (in German)

Online-Application form for the MA programmes (in German)

For additional information please contact

11th International Pragmatics Conference (IPRA)

Professor Schneider gave two talks at the 11th International Pragmatics Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Together with Anne Barron he presented the opening talk "Cultural Scripts and politic behaviour across varieties of English" to the panel Im/politeness across Englishes, convened by Derek Bousfield and Michael Haugh.

The second talk, "'Exactly, yes, that's right': Sequential features of listener activities in small talk" closed the panel Listener activities, convened by Neal R. Norrick and Kerstin Fischer.

RCEP Open Day featured in The Wire

Open House at the Research Center for Empirical Pragmatics – Once Again the RCEP Welcomes Visitors into its Humble Halls

After two successful open days during the last year, the Research Centre for Empirical Pragmatics has continued its recent tradition of inviting students to learn about its inner workings...

Full article

June 2009 - Guest lecture by Magnus Levin

Magnus Levin, senior lecturer at Växjö University, will give a lecture entitled Change and Variation in the English Verb Phrase in Room 2.015 of the English Seminar on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at 10 a.m. (c.t.).

moredetails on the lecture …

May 2009 - Dies Academicus: open house at the RCEP

On May 27, 10 a.m., the BAEL-Team once again welcomed visitors at the Research Centre for Empirical Pragmatics (RCEP). In the course of the Dies Academicus we presented group projects where visitors could actively explore empirical research methods used in applied linguistics.

about the RCEP …

February 2009 - Guest lecture by Professor Paul Chilton

Professor Paul Chilton (Lancaster University) gave a lecture entitled Space, Time and the Possible - Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address on Thursday, February 5, 2009.

details on the lecture …

January 2009 - Guest lecture by Professor Ingo Plag

Professor Ingo Plag (University of Siegen) gave a lecture entitled "Why morning páper, but júry selection? - The variability of compound stress in English" in HS XVII of the English Seminar on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.



December 2008 - Open house at the RCEP

The second open day at the RCEP was a full success again, attracting students as well as other interested visitors.

details on the RCEP open day …

about the RCEP …

October 2008 - ISLE 2008

Professor Schneider (with Wolfram Bublitz, Anita Fetzer and Neal R. Norrick) held the workshop "Spoken English in contexts: Parameters and interfaces." at ISLE 2008: The First Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English. The conference took place at the University of Freiburg, Germany, 8-11 October 2008.

September 2008 - 10 years of Applied English Linguistics at Bonn University

Ten years ago, the English Department of Bonn University decided to convert a chair in English Literature into a chair in Applied English Linguistics.

At that time, there were seven professors of literature in the department, but only one professor of modern linguistics and one professor of historical linguistics and medieval literature. On the retirement of Professor Dr. Rainer Lengeler, it was decided to turn his chair into the chair of applied linguistics.

The holder of this new chair was expected to participate in all programmes offered by the department at the time. In particular, the new professor was expected to act as head of the programme “English and Translating”, to teach linguistics in the interdisciplinary North American Studies Programme, and to conduct research into varieties of English.

The new chair in Applied English Linguistics was offered to Prof. Dr. Klaus P. Schneider, then lecturer at University College Dublin, Ireland. In September 1998, Professor Schneider started working at Bonn University.

August 2008 - 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics

Professor Schneider presented the paper “‘Same, but different’: Miscommunication between native speakers of the same language.” at AILA 2008: The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 24-29 August 2008.

July 2008 - Guest Lecture by Thomas Wedde

Thomas Wedde, CEO of docConsult GmbH, a member company of the euroscript International group, gave a lecture entitled "Der Babelfisch der TechDok - Eine Einführung in die Translation Memory Technologie" in Room A of the English Seminar at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

the lecture's table of content …

June 2008 - Guest Lecture by Dr. Bróna Murphy

Dr. Bróna Murphy (University College Dublin) gave a lecture entitled "Variational pragmatics: insights into hedging from the perspective of age and gender" in Room A of the English Seminar at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

details on the lecture …

on variational pragmatics …

May 2008 - Open house at the RCEP

The first open day at the RCEP was a full success, attracting many students of linguistics as well as other interested visitors.

details on the RCEP open day …

about the RCEP

May 2008 - BAEL book out

Book details at John Benjamins Publishing Company

The book "Variational Pragmatics: A Focus on Regional Varieties in Pluricentric Languages", edited by Professor Schneider and Dr. Anne Barron, is now available in John Benjamins' "Pragmatics & Beyond New Series".

book details & order …

on variational pragmatics …

April 2008 - 17th Sociolinguistics Symposium

Professor Schneider and Dr. Anne Barron will chair the themed panel “Pragmatic variation: The interplay of micro-social and macro-social factors.” at the 17th Sociolinguistics Symposium, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 3-5 April 2008.

March 2008 - BAEL on air

Professor Schneider has been interviewed on Small talk by the "Radiowerkstatt Bonn". The interview was broadcast by Radio Bonn/Rhein-Sieg (FM 91,2 - 98,9 - 107,9) on March 30, at 20:04 hrs.

Listen to Professor Schneider's interview on Small talk.

on Small talk …



December 2007 - Guest Lecture by Professor Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen

On Thursday, 20 December 2007, Professor Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen (University of Ghent, Belgium), gave a lecture titled "Using the ICE-GB for a semantic-pragmatic study of English adverbs".

October 2007 - Spotlight on thesis of Lisanna Görtz

Lisanna's thesis, "Changes in the Justificatory Rhetoric of George W. Bush in the Course of the Iraq conflict 2002-2004", did not only earn her the perfect grade, but media attention as well.

The german newspaper Rheinischer Merkur summarised her findings in an article titled "Fakten gegen ein Klischee", which appeared in the section "Wissenschaft und Praxis" on October 25, 2007.

October 2007 - DGFF-Kongress in Giessen

Professor Schneider presented an invited paper “Teaching intercultural competence and pragmatic variation.” in the section “Educational Linguistics”, organised by Friederike Klippel and Joybrato Mukherjee.

The DGFF-Kongress 2007 took place at the University of Giessen, Germany. Click here for the DGFF 2007 Conference website.

August 2007 - IAUPE Conference

2007 IAUPE Conference (Lund, 6-10 August 2007)

Professor Schneider presented an invited paper “Small talk in English: Recurrent patterns and diverging norms.” for the section “Discourse Linguistics” on Tuesday, August 7th.

Click here for the IAUPE 2007 Conference website.

July 2007 - IPrA Conference

10th International Pragmatics Conference (Göteborg, 8-13 July 2007)

Professor Schneider chaired the panel "Variational pragmatics: a focus on region, age and gender" on Friday, July 13th. Click here for the International Pragmatics Association's (IPrA) website with the complete program.

January 2007 - Anéla Junior research meeting

Verena Minow and Susanne Strubel spoke at the International Research Meeting for Junior Applied Linguists, January 24-26, which took place at University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Both gave an overview of their current PhD research projects.

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