Education and Employment

Education

April 2005 Habilitation (post-doctoral degree), University of Regensburg, Germany ("Phonotactic Variation and Change: The Synchronic and Diachronic Dimension of Consonant Cluster Reduction in English", viii+273 pages). Promotion to the rank of a Privatdozent (PD Dr.), Venia legendi in English linguistics

December 2001 University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Ph.D. in Linguistics ("Non-standard Grammar and Geographical Isolation: The Genesis, Development and Structure of Tristan da Cunha English", xviii+370 pages, summa cum laude)

2001 Advanced Graduate Courses, NC State University, USA (Field-initiated research, ethnographic and quantitative methods of analysis, historical linguistic methodology, language variation and change, experimental phonetics, sociophonetics, speech synthesizing)

August 1998 University College of London, England. Summer Course in English Phonetics

1994-97 University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Licence ès lettres, (Degree in Linguistics, English and "Sciences du langage"; Oct. 1997)

1990-94 University of Basel, Switzerland (French and English)

1978-90 Schools in Basel, Switzerland

Employment

September 2012 Full Professor and Chair for English Linguistics. Department of English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

September 2006 Associate Professor and Chair for English Linguistics. Department of English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

September 2005 - August 2006 Assistant Professor for English Historical Linguistics. Department of English, University of Bern, Switzerland

April 2005 - August 2005 Privatdozent (PD Dr.). Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

February 2003 - August 2005 Assistant Professor (C1) (collaboration with Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider), Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

March 2002 - January 2003 Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Postdoctoral Fellow ("Origins of New Zealand English" (ONZE) Project, collaboration with Prof. Elizabeth Gordon, Prof. Lyle Campbell, Dr. Jennifer Hay, and Prof. Margaret Maclagan), Department of Linguistics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

September 2000 - January 2002 Lecturer and Research Associate (collaboration with William C. Friday Distinguished Prof. Walt Wolfram and Prof. Erik R. Thomas). Department of English; North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC, USA

September 1998 - August 2000 Assistant (to Prof. Peter Trudgill). Department of English and Slavic; University of Fribourg, Switzerland

October 1997 - August 1998 Assistant (to Prof. Peter Trudgill). Department oif English; University of Lausanne, Switzerland

October 1993 - July 1994 Teacher (German, French, English). Realschule Thierstein, Basel, Switzerland

September 1992 - June 1993 Teaching Assistant (German, French). Department for Foreign Languages, Copley High School. Stalybridge, Tameside/Greater Manchester, England