Portrait and research interests
Born in Basel, Switzerland, April 7 1971
Worked at 7 universities (University of Lausanne; University of Fribourg; North Carolina State University, USA; University of Canterbury, New Zealand; University of Regensburg, Germany; University of Bern; University of Zurich). Lived in 5 countries on 3 continents (Switzerland, England, USA, New Zealand, Germany) and on 2 islands: Tristan da Cunha, St Helena. Never left home in spirit.
Married, two daughters (born Sept. 2006 and Oct. 2009)
Hobbies: jolly times with jolly people of all walks of life, playing and watching football (lifelong supporter of THE Swiss football club - 18 times - no sorry, 19 times!!! - Swiss champion, 11 times cup winner, doubles in 2008, 2010, 2012), victorious in European football against Bayern Munich, Liverpool FC and the like, 24'000 season tickets sold, loved and respected by football afficionados around the world, feared all over Switzerland, extremely disliked where I work); founding member of the Ehrengesellschaft zur ewigen Enttäuschung.
Language variation and change; Sociolinguistics (historical and contemporary); Dialectology; English historical linguistics; Contact linguistics (Contact dialectology, Pidgin and Creole linguistics); Varieties of English, better- and lesser-known.