Danae M. Perez

Danae M. Perez, Dr.

Assistant to Prof. Daniel Schreier

Phone: +41 44 634 43 00




Danae Maria Perez completed her PhD in linguistics and social anthropology at the University of Zurich in 2015. Her research interests include contact linguistics, language typology, and linguistic anthropology, and her research has contributed to the documentation of endangered enclave varieties and their socio-linguistic vitality in rural South America. Her current research describes the varieties of English spoken in St Kitts.

Danae has been working at the English Department as a doctoral and postdoctoral research and teaching associate since 2012. In 2016, she spent twelve months as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Postcolonial Language Studies at the University of Bremen.


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


Current courses in the fall semester

Introduction to linguistics I (seminar Mon 8-10am)

English from a typological perspective (Mon 4-6pm)


Courses taught

Grammaticalization processes in contact varieties of English, English Department, Department of Comparative Linguistics

Anthropological linguistics - approaches and methods, English Department, Department of Social Anthropology

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 Lena Zipp]. On the Relevance of Voice Quality in Contact Varieties: Non-Modal Phonation Type in Afro-Yungueño Spanish. Language Ecology.

forthcoming. Language Competition and Shift in New Australia, Paraguay. Palgrave Series in Minority Languages and Communities. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

forthcoming. On the Contacts of Spanish. In Danae Perez, Marianne Hundt, Johannes Kabatek, and Daniel Schreier (eds.) English and Spanish: World Languages in Interaction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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

in preparation. From the Atlantic to the Andes. The history and evolution of Afro-Yungueño Spanish. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

under review. [with Eeva Sippola, eds.] Postcolonial Varieties in the Americas.

under review. '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 and upcoming conference papers and talks

2019. [with Melanie Roethlisberger] Creoles in contrast: Exploring the typological similarities of creoles with neighbornet. Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics winter meeting, NCY, Jan 4-5.

2019. [with Richard J. Bonnie] Current change in Ghanaian Pidgin English. Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics winter meeting, NYC, Jan 4-5.

2018. On the impact of debasilectalization on language documentation. Insights from the "missing Spanish creoles". University of Cambridge, Nov 21.

2018. On language shift and debasilectalization in Afro-Hispanic varieties' Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, June 21.

2018. [with Mirjam Schmalz] Social mobility and the perception of local varieties in St. Kitts. Fifth conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, London, July 17-20.

2018. The effects of isolation and contact on enclave communities - on the marginalization of Afro-Yungueño. Associação de Crioulos de Base Lexical Portuguesa e Espanhola annual meeting, Ziguinchor (Senegal), June 11-14.

2018. Perceptions of language loss in enclave communities. The linguist's versus the speaker's views. Zurich Conference for Postcolonial Language Studies, University of Zurich, June 4-6.

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