Danae M. Perez

Danae M. Perez, Dr.

Assistant to Prof. Daniel Schreier

Phone: +41 44 634 43 00




Danae Maria Perez studied Spanish Language and Literature, Social Anthropology, and English Linguistics at the University of Zurich, and in September 2015, she completed her PhD in Linguistics and Anthropology on language shift in a former English-speaking community in Paraguay. Her research interests include contact linguistics, creolistics, language typology, and linguistic anthropology. She worked at the English Department as a doctoral and postdoctoral research and teaching associate between 2012 and 2016, and she is an assistant editor for English World-Wide and Revista de Crioulos de Base Lexical Portuguesa e Espanhola. Since March 2016, she is the co-president of the International Association of Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics together with Dr. Doris Stolberg.


Office hours Everybody is welcome! Please contact me via email to arrange an appointment.


Current courses in the fall 2017

Introduction to linguistics I (seminar Mon 4-6pm, co-taught lecture Tue 1-2pm)

Anthropological linguistics - approaches and methods (Fri 8-10am)


Courses taught

English Morphology, English Department

English and Spanish in contact: American perspectives, English Department

English-based pidgins and creoles around the world, English Department

Introduction to Linguistics I + II (seminar), English Department

Introduction to Linguistics I + II (co-taught lecture), English Department

Las variedades afro-iberorrománicas, Romance Department

Introducción al español medieval, Romance Department

Aspectos de la lingüística española, Romance Department


Selected publications

forthcoming [with Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt, and Johannes Kabatek, eds.] English and Spanish: World Languages in Interaction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

forthcoming [with Eeva Sippola] (eds.). Postcolonial Varieties in the Americas.

forthcoming. 'Social conditioning of the transmission of areal features in the Central Andes.' In Eeva Sippola and Danae M. Perez (eds.) Postcolonial Varieties in the Americas.

2017 [with Daniel Schreier and Nicole Eberle]. 'Settler Migration and Settler Varieties.' In Suresh Canagarajah (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language. London: Routledge, 243-257.

2017 [with Sandro Sessarego and Eeva Sippola]. 'Afro-Hispanic Varieties in Comparison - New Light from Phylogeny.' In Peter Bakker, Finn Borchsenius, Carsten Levisen and Eeva Sippola (eds.) Creole Languages - Phylogenetic Approaches. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 269-292.

2016. English and Language Shift in Paraguay's New Australia. World Englishes 35:1, 160-176.

2016. Response to Sessarego's Response. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 31:1, 213-216.

2015. Traces of Portuguese in Afro-Yungueño Spanish? Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 30:2, 307-343.

2015. 'Anglo-Paraguayan English.' In Jeffrey Williams, Edgar W. Schneider, Peter Trudgill and Daniel Schreier (eds.) Further Case Studies in the Lesser-Known Varieties of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 219-235.


Recent conference papers

2017. 'El componente aymara en afroyungueño.' XXXV Romanistentag, University of Zurich, Oct 8-12.

2017. [with Albert Wall] 'Bareness and nominal semantics in Afro-Yungueño' Societas Linguistica Europaea annual meeting, University of Zurich, Sept 10-13.

2017. ‘Place suffixes in the Afro-Iberian world.’ Annual conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Belfast, July 17–21.

2017. [with Marie-Eve Bouchard] ‘Absorbed by the lexifier? Language ideologies among young urban lexifier speakers.’ Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages summer meeting, University of Tampere, June 19–22.

2017. ‘From Príncipe to Potosí: Afro-Iberian contact varieties in comparison.’ Associação de Crioulos de Base Lexical Portuguesa e Espanhola annual meeting, University of Stockholm, June 13–15.

2017. ‘How “simple” is the description of “simplified” contact varieties?’ Eleventh Creolistics Workshop, University of Giessen, March 23–25.


Working Languages English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French