Teaching, Conferences and Administration

Courses taught

University of Zurich, Switzerland (2006-)

BA courses: Introduction to English Linguistics I and II

MA courses: African American English; The Phonology of World English: Issues and Sample Analysis; Language and Culture; Variationist Sociolinguistics; Pidgin and Creole Linguistics; English in the Classroom; English Language Policies; The Lesser-known Varieties of English; Out of Africa; Sociolinguistic Variation in the British Isles; Applied Sociolinguistics; Postcolonial Varieties of English; Regional, Social and Ethnic varieties of American English

Lectures: Global English: Diffusion, Diversity and Change; Introduction to English Linguistics; Language and Meaning; The Rise (and Fall?) of Standard English; Varieties of American English; Experimental Phonetics and Sound Change; The New Englishes; English as a Contact Language; Principles of Dialectology; Principles of Language Change; English Phonetics and Phonology; English in a Multilingual World

University of Bern, Switzerland (2005-6)

BA courses: English Historical Linguistics; Macrolinguistics: Sociolinguistics, Psycho- and Neurolinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics

MA courses: Research Methodology and Methods of Analysis; English Phonology and Accents of English

Lectures: Historical Variation in English; English Words: History, Structure and Usage

University of Regensburg, Germany (2003-5): Introduction to English Linguistics; Language Change; Historical Linguistics: Approaches, Theories, Methods; English in North America: Sociolinguistic Perspectives; English Morphology; Semantics and Pragmatics (BA courses)

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2002): Sociolinguistics (Tutorials)

North Carolina State University, USA (2001): A History of the English language (BA seminar)

University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1998-2000): Sociolinguistics; English in the Southern Hemisphere; Dialects and Accents in the British Isles; Bilingualism (Proseminars)

Conference presentations

Methods: International Conference on Methods in Dialectology (1999, 2008, 2011, 2014); Swiss Works in English Language and Linguistics (2000, 2004, 2005); New Ways of Analyzing Variation (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2015); Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (2001); Annual meeting of the American Dialect Society (2002); Language and Society Conference of the New Zealand Linguistic Society (2002); Directions in Social Dialectology (2003); Diachronic Studies and Theories of Creolisation (Westminster Creolistics Workshop, 2004); International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (2005, 2015); Sociolinguistics Symposium (2006, 2016); International Conference of English Historical Linguistics (2008, 2016); International Society for the Linguistics of English (2008); International Conference for the Linguistics of Contemporary English (2011; invited plenary); Complexity and Isolation (FRIAS Workshop; invited plenary); Symposium on Historical Phonology (2014); First AMC Conference on Historical Dialectology (2016).

Invited lectures

University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1998, 2004); University of Lausanne, Switzerland (1998, 2008, 2011, 2016); Georgetown University, Washington DC (2001, 2002); North Carolina State University (2002); University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2002); Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (2002); University of Regensburg, Germany (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011); Jamestown, St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean (2003, invited lecture given to the St Helena National Trust); University of Murcia, Spain (2003, 2009); University of Cape Town, South Africa (2005, 2010, 2014); University of Essex, UK (2006); University of Basel, Switzerland (2006, 2012, 2013, 2014); Annual business meeting of the Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (SAUTE, 2006), University of Heidelberg (2008, 2013), University of Bamberg (2008), University of Bern (2009, 2011, 2015), University of Utrecht (2009), University of Erlangen (2011), University of Osnabrück (2011), University of Freiburg i. Brsg. (2011), University of Edinburgh (2014), University of Cambridge (2014), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (2016), University of Bremen (2017).

Invited guest lectureships

University of Zurich (2006), University of Bern (2006-7), University of Basel (2007, 2008, 2012)

Professional functions

English World-Wide: A Journal of Varieties of English, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins, ed. Edgar W. Schneider. Editorial assistant (2003-5).

 

Reviews for international research institutions: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Österreichischer Wissenschaftsfonds (FWF, Austrian Science Fund), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Nederlands Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Dutch Research Council), Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG)

Anonymous peer-reviews for  journals: Language, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, Multilingua, Australian Journal of Linguistics, Language in Society and English World-Wide.

External reviewer of book proposals: Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Oxford University Press, Wiley Blackwell.

Editorial boards

English World-Wide: A Journal of Varieties of English, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins, ed. Edgar W. Schneider. 2005-2013.

Multilingua. Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, ed. Richard J. Watts 2006-2012.

Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins. Series editors Marijke van der Wal and Terttu Nevalainen. 2012-.

Editor

English World-Wide: A Journal of Varieties of English, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins. Editor, with Marianne Hundt; 2013-

Review Editor

Multilingua. Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, ed. Richard J. Watts. 2008-10.

Administration and service public

Member of more than a dozen search committees at the Univ. of Regensburg (2005) and Zurich (since 2007)

External member for search committees at the Univ. of Basel (NF Piller, 2007) and Innsbruck (NF Markus, 2009-10)

Member of the Fakultäre Forschungskommission of the Univ. of Zurich (since 2007)

External member of the Swiss National Science Foundation (program Ambizione; since 2008)

Fachvertreter Höheres Lehramt (Kanton Zürich, Switzerland; since 2006)

Member of the Steering Committee of Methods: International Conference on Methods in Dialectology (2008-2014)

Elternvertreter Schulrat Basel-Süd (2010-12)

Maturexperte mündliche Prüfungen (Kantonsschule Baden; since 2008)

Head of Department of the English Seminar, Univ. of Zurich (2009-13).