Education and employment

Education

April 2005 Habilitation (post-doctoral degree), University of Regensburg, Germany ("Phonotactic Variation and Change: The Synchronic and Diachronic Dimension of Consonant Cluster Reduction in English", viii+273 pages). Promotion to the rank of a Privatdozent (PD Dr.), Venia legendi in English linguistics

December 2001 University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Ph.D. in Linguistics ("Non-standard Grammar and Geographical Isolation: The Genesis, Development and Structure of Tristan da Cunha English", xviii+370 pages, summa cum laude)

2001 Advanced Graduate Courses, NC State University, USA (Field-initiated research, ethnographic and quantitative methods of analysis, historical linguistic methodology, language variation and change, experimental phonetics, sociophonetics, speech synthesizing)

August 1998 University College of London, England. Summer Course in English Phonetics

1994-97 University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Licence ès lettres, (Degree in Linguistics, English and "Sciences du langage"; Oct. 1997)

1990-94 University of Basel, Switzerland (French and English)

1978-90 Schools in Basel, Switzerland

 

Employment

2012-    Full Professor and Chair for English Linguistics. Department of English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2006 - 2012 Associate Professor and Chair for English Linguistics. Department of English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2005/6 Assistant Professor for English Historical Linguistics. Department of English, University of Bern, Switzerland

2005 Privatdozent (PD Dr.). Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

2003 - 2005 Assistant Professor (C1) (collaboration with Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider), Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

2002 - 2003 Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Postdoctoral Fellow ("Origins of New Zealand English" (ONZE) Project, collaboration with Prof. Elizabeth Gordon, Prof. Lyle Campbell, Dr. Jennifer Hay, and Prof. Margaret Maclagan), Department of Linguistics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

2000 - 2002 Lecturer and Research Associate (collaboration with William C. Friday Distinguished Prof. Walt Wolfram and Prof. Erik R. Thomas). Department of English; North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC, USA

1998 - 2000 Assistant (to Prof. Peter Trudgill). Department of English and Slavic; University of Fribourg, Switzerland

1997 - 1998 Assistant (to Prof. Peter Trudgill). Department oif English; University of Lausanne, Switzerland

1993 - 1994 Teacher (German, French, English). Realschule Thierstein, Basel, Switzerland

1992 - 1993 Teaching Assistant (German, French). Department for Foreign Languages, Copley High School. Stalybridge, Tameside/Greater Manchester, England