Adina Staicov

Adina Staicov, lic. phil.

Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 634 39 37

staicov.adina@es.uzh.ch

Website

Adina Staicov is a Research and Teaching Assistant in English Linguistics (to Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt). She graduated from the University of Zurich in autumn 2011, with Sinology as major and English linguistics and political science as her first and second subjects, respectively. Her licentiate thesis “English in China: from Pidgin English to China English, and the Importance of English Language Teaching” focuses on the spread of English in China, its status and the growing importance of qualified English language teaching in an economically booming country. To increase her knowledge of Mandarin, she spent one year abroad at Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China.

Together with other students, Adina Staicov accompanied Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt and Dr. Lena Zipp to Fiji to collect spoken data for the ICE-Fiji corpus. Following this field trip, she had the opportunity to work as a semester assistant to Prof. Hundt, and to transcribe the data for the ICE-Fiji corpus.

Adina Staicov completed her dissertation "I feel like I'm a born again Chinese – but kinda fake": Ethnic identity construction in San Francisco Chinatown's diaspora community in November 2016. For this study, she travelled to San Francisco for several months to conduct sociolinguistic interviews with both first- and second-generation Chinese Americans living in San Francisco Chinatown. The results of this study show that Chinese Americans are, indeed, highly acculturated and that with regard to linguistic practices, ethnic identity is indexed mostly through knowledge of the heritage language, rather than morphosyntactic variation in English. Participants draw on a variety of resources to construct their Chinese American identity and combine individual factors to position themselves on a continuum indexing both Americanness as well as Chineseness.

Research interests:

  • Language and identity
  • New Englishes – focus on Asia (esp. China)
  • Language contact
  • Language variation and change

Academic employment

July 2015 –: Research and teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt, Department of English, University of Zurich.

June 2015 –: Editorial assistant for English World Wide (ed. by Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt and Prof. Dr. Daniel Schreier, University of Zurich, Switzerland) English World-Wide, Benjamins.

July 2014 – June 2015: Extension of PhD position at the University of Zurich, Department of English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt. Funded by the Forschungskredit of the University of Zurich, grant no. 56420402.

May – July 2014: 40% assistant position to Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt, Department of English, University of Zurich.

July 2012 – May 2014: PhD position at the University of Zurich, Department of English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt. Funded by the Forschungskredit of the University of Zurich, grant no. 56420402.

July – September 2013: 20% assistant position, Institute of Computer Linguistics, University of Zurich.

November 2011 - February 2012: Semester assistant, Department of English, University of Zurich.

June – October 2011: 20% assistant position, Institute of Computer Linguistics, University of Zurich.

September – December 2010: Semester assistant, Department of English, University of Zurich.

Teaching experience

English Department, University of Zurich
Introductory seminars

“Introduction to Linguistics” (Autumn 2016/Spring 2017)
“Introduction to Linguistics” (Autumn 2015/Spring 2016)
“Introduction to Linguistics” (Autumn 2014/Spring 2015)


Undergraduate courses (BA seminars)

"Englishes in South/East Asia" (Autumn 2016)
"Language and migration" (Spring 2016)
“The commodification of English” (Autumn 2015)
 
Zurich University of Teacher Education
Language in the diaspora (Spring 2015)
 
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
Writing tutorial: individual student coaching online (Spring 2017)
Academic Writing for students of BSc Business Administration (Spring 2017)
Academic Writing for students of BSc Business Administration (Autumn 2017)

Publications

Staicov, Adina. 2017. Review of Dick Smakman and Patrick Heinrich (eds.). Globalising sociolinguistics: Challenging and expanding theory. London, New York: Routledge. In Brook Bolander and Till Mostowlansky (eds.). Special issue of Journal of the Sociology of Language. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2017-0026

Zipp, Lena, and Adina Staicov. 2016. English in San Francisco Chinatown – Indexing identity with speech rhythm? In Elena Seoane Posse and Cristina Suárez Gómez (eds.). World Englishes: New theoretical and methodological considerations. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 205-228. [Varieties of English around the World].

Staicov Adina. 2016. San Francisco Chinatown: Transnationalism, identity construction, and heritage language maintenance. In Mi-Cha Flubacher, Catherine Diederich, and Philipp Dankel (eds.). Bulletin Vals-Asla 104, 67–85. available at: http://doc.rero.ch/record/11876

Staicov, Adina. 2016. Methodologies in sociolinguistic fieldwork.In Hanna Christ, Daniel Klenovšak, Lukas Sönning, and Valentin Werner (eds.). A Blend of MaLT: Selected Contributions from the Methods and Linguistic Theories Symposium 2015. Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press, 29–47.

Conference Talks

"Ethnic identity and morphosyntactic variation: Indexing identity in San Francisco Chinatown". Conference ((Methods in Dialectology XVI, Tachikawa – Tokyo, 10.08.2017)

“What makes ‘being Chinese’ in San Francisco Chinatown? Discursive identity construction in first- and second-generation Chinese Americans”. Conference (Approaches to migration, language and identity, Lausanne, 04.06.2017)

“Fieldwork – if you’re going to San Francisco (London and Fiji): Methodologies in sociolinguistic fieldwork”. Symposium (MaLT - Methods and Linguistic Theories, Bamberg, 27.11.2015)

“San Francisco Chinatown: How transnational a diaspora community?” Conference (The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)Standardization, Hong Kong, 04.06.2015)

“English in San Francisco Chinatown – Indexing Identity with speech rhythm?” Co-authored with Dr. Lena Zipp. Conference (Englishes today, Vigo, 18.10.2013)

"Varieties of English – Expressing Identity in San Francisco Chinatown." Conference (International Symposium on Bilingualism 9, Singapore, 10.06.2013)

“Linguistic diversity in San Francisco Chinatown: Expressing and negotiating identity construction in first and second generation Chinese Americans.” Spring School (1st ISLE (Post-) Doctoral Spring School "Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change", Freiburg, 17.04.2013)