Daniela Landert

Daniela Landert, Dr.

Senior Research and Teaching Associate (Oberassistentin)

Phone: +41 44 634 35 25

Room number: PLH 207




Daniela Landert is a senior research and teaching associate at the English Department. She studied English, computational linguistics and history at the University of Zurich and at the Humboldt University in Berlin, graduating in 2008. In 2012 she received her PhD in English linguistics from the University of Zurich. In her dissertation, she studied online newspapers linguistically, and she developed a model that integrates and differentiates between various dimensions of personalisation in mass media communication.

In her current research project she investigates epistemic and evidential stance in Early Modern English from the perspective of historical corpus pragmatics. On the basis of several Early Modern English corpora, which cover the period from 1500 to 1700 and which include various text types and genres, she studies how the situational context interacts with linguistic expressions in the construction of stance.

Daniela Landert is book review editor of the Journal of Pragmatics, and she has participated in the organisation of several international conferences, including the  ICEHL-17, the ISLE-3 and the HEL-LEX5



Landert, Daniela. 2014. Personalisation in Mass Media Communication. British online news between public and private. (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 240). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

It seems to be a truism that today’s news media present the news in a more personal and direct way than print newspapers some twenty-five years ago. However, it is far from obvious, how this can be described linguistically. This study develops a model that integrates and differentiates between the various facets of personalisation from a linguistic point of view. It includes 1) contexts that involve the audience by inviting direct interaction and through the use of visual elements; 2) the focus on private individuals who are personally affected by news events; and 3) the use of communicative immediacy, for instance in the form of direct speech and first and second person pronouns. This model is applied to data from five British online news sites, demonstrating how individual features contribute to personalisation, how different features interact, and what personalisation strategies are used by news sites of different market orientations.
More information

Jucker, Andreas H., Daniela Landert, Annina Seiler, and Nicole Studer-Joho (eds.). 2013. Meaning in the History of English. Words and Texts in Context. (Studies in Language Companion Series 148). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Uncovering the meaning of individual words or entire texts is a complex process that needs to take into consideration the multiple interactions of linguistic organization including orthography, morphology, syntax and, ultimately, pragmatics. The papers in this volume pay close attention to these interactions and assess both the details of the texts and entire texts within their relevant contexts. All the papers deal with data from the history of English, and they cover a wide range from Old English manuscripts to Early Modern English letters and medical texts to Late Modern English cant vocabulary.
More information

Landert, Daniela. (in preparation). Historical Corpus Pragmatics. Epistemic and Evidential Stance in Early Modern English.


Landert, Daniela. (forthc.). “Function-to-form mapping in corpora: Historical corpus pragmatics and the study of stance expressions”. In: Carla Suhr, Terttu Nevalainen and Irma Taavitsainen (eds.). From Data to Evidence in English Language Research. (Digital Linguistics). Leiden: Brill.

Taavitsainen, Irma and Daniela Landert. (forthc.). “Science“. In: Peter Brown (ed.). A New Companion to Chaucer. Second Edition. Oxford: Blackwell.

Landert, Daniela. 2017. “Participation as user involvement“. In: Christian R. Hoffmann and Wolfram Bublitz (eds.). Pragmatics of Social Media. (Handbooks of Pragmatics, Volume 11). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 31–60.

Landert, Daniela and Gianluca Miscione. 2017. "Narrating the stories of leaked data: The changing role of journalists after Wikileaks and Snowden". In: Marjut Johansson, Sonja Kleinke and Lotta Lehti (eds.). The Digital Agora of Social Media 19: 13–21.

Landert, Daniela. 2017. Review of Birte Bös and Lucia Kornexl (eds.). Changing Genre Convenstions in Historical English News Discourse. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, PA: Benjamins, 2015. Anglia 135.2: 358–362.

Landert, Daniela. 2017. “Stance in fiction“. In: Miriam A. Locher and Andreas H. Jucker (eds.). Pragmatics of Fiction. (Handbooks of Pragmatics, Volume 12). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 489-514.

Landert, Daniela. 2017. “Meta-communicative expressions and situational variation of stance marking: I say and I tell (you) in Early Modern English dialogues“. Nordic Journal of English Studies 16.1: 120–144.

Jucker, Andreas H. and Daniela Landert. 2017. “Variation and change: Historical Pragmatics”. In: Anne Barron, Yueguo Gu and Gerard Steen (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics. London/New York: Routledge, 79-90.

Landert, Daniela. 2015. “Reportable facts and a personal touch. The functions of direct quotes in online news”. In: Jenny Arendholz, Wolfram Bublitz and Monika Kirner (eds.) The Pragmatics of Quoting Now and Then. (Topics in English Linguistics 89). London/New York: De Gruyter, 29-52.

Jucker, Andreas H. and Daniela Landert. 2015. “Historical pragmatics and early speech recordings. Diachronic developments in turn-taking and narrative structure in radio talk shows“. Journal of Pragmatics 79, 22-39.

Landert, Daniela. 2014. “Blurring the boundaries of mass media communication? Interaction and user-generated content on online news sites”. In: Jukka Tyrkkö and Sirpa Leppänen (eds.). Texts and Discourses of New Media (Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English 15). Helsinki: VARIENG. http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/series/volumes/15/landert

Jucker, Andreas H., Daniela Landert, Annina Seiler, and Nicole Studer-Joho. 2013. “Uncovering layers of meaning in the history of the English language”. In: Andreas H. Jucker, Daniela Landert, Annina Seiler, and Nicole Studer-Joho (eds.) Meaning in the History of English. Words and Texts in Context. (Studies in Language Companion Series 148). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1-15.

Landert, Daniela, and Andreas H. Jucker. 2011. “Private and public in mass media communication: From letters to the editor to online commentaries.” Journal of Pragmatics 43.5, 1422-1434.

Landert, Daniela. 2009. “Constructing (non-)normative identities online. Self-classifications in text-based online chats.” Hegemonies in Classification Processes. Special Issue of ISA RC 25 Language & Society Newsletter 6.2, http://www.crisaps.org/newsletter/winter2009/Landert.pdf

Teaching experience


FS 2016

Language in the Courtroom

MA research seminars

FS 2013 Early speech recordings as data for diachronic pragmatics (co-teaching with Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Jucker)

MA seminars

FS 2017 Modality
HS 2016 Corpus Pragmatics

BA courses

FS 2017 Second Language Pragmatics
HS 2014 News Language
FS 2014 Early Modern English Medical Texts
FS 2014 Personal Pronouns (co-teaching with PD Dr. Sarah Chevalier)
HS 2013 Computer-Mediated Communication: From Usenet to Twitter
2012/13 Introduction to Old and Middle English, Part 1 and 2 (2-semester seminar)

FS 2016

2011/12 2010/11 2009/10

Introduction to Linguistics, Part 1 and 2 (2-semester seminar)

Lectures (individual sessions only)

FS 2014 FS 2013 FS 2012 FS 2011 FS 2010 Language and Culture (one-hour lecture session as part of the two-semester lecture cycle "Introduction to Linguistics")

FS 2016

FS 2017

Modality in the History of English (two-hour lecture as part of a lecture cycle on historical linguistics "Ringvorlesung Historische Sprachwissenschaft")