Lena Zipp

Lena Zipp, Dr.

Senior Teaching and Research Associate (Oberassistentin)

Phone: +41 44 634 35 25

Room number: PLH-207



Lena Zipp is a post-doctoral teaching and research associate in English Linguistics. She is a sociolinguist with research interests in the concept of intra-speaker variation or style, stance, language attitudes, identity construction and speaker awareness.

Lena joined the English Department of the University of Zurich in February 2009, working as an assistant to Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt. She studied English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and Music Education (Schulmusik) at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, Germany. In 2010, she received her PhD from the University of Zurich on the basis of her doctoral dissertation (Educated Fiji English. Lexico-grammar and variety status, published in 2014), the first empirical study of lexico-grammar in Fiji English. It provides an exhaustive description of the status and internal variation of this young post-colonial variety, and contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of variety formation in a multi-ethnic setting, and linguistic nativization in prepositional verb phrases.

General research interests of Lena's include (micro-)sociolinguistics (particularly stylistic variation, stance, indexicality, identity construction, language attitudes, prosody and acoustic sociophonetics), varieties of English (with a focus on multilingual post-colonial settings), text and corpus linguistics, and lexico-grammar (prepositional verb phrase combinations).

Lena's sons were born in 2014 and 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing the clarinet and the piano.


Academic Employment

September 2015 – present: Senior Teaching and Research Associate (Oberassistentin), Department of English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

June 2013 – May 2019: Editorial Assistant for English World-Wide. A Journal of Varieties of English (ed. by Daniel Schreier and Marianne Hundt, University of Zurich, Switzerland) English World-Wide, Benjamins

September 2010 – August 2015: Research and Teaching Assistant to Marianne Hundt, Department of English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

January 2012 – March 2013: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (20%), Zurich Center for Linguistics (zükl), University of Zurich

February 2009 – July 2010: Research Associate in the International Corpus of English, Fiji component project, Department of English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

October 2002 – October 2005: Graduate Assistant to the Dean of Studies, Neuphilologische Fakultät, University of Heidelberg, Germany


Field work

• June to September 2013: Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary, University of London, UK, sponsored by Devyani Sharma (3 months)
• January 2012: Pilot study of PostDoc project (spoken data), University College London, UK (three weeks)
• August 2010: Data collection for the Fiji component of the International Corpus of English (spoken), University of the South Pacific, Fiji (three weeks)
• November 2005 - April 2006: Data collection for PhD thesis and Fiji component of the International Corpus of English (written), University of the South Pacific, Fiji, sponsored by France Mugler and Paul Geraghty (five months)

Teaching Experience

English Department, University of Zurich:
"Language and identity" (Spring 2016)
single 45 minute lectures in the Introduction to Linguistics module: "Dialect variation 1", "Dialect variation 2", "Methodologies", "Syntax 3" (2010–2019)

Graduate courses (MA-Seminare)

"Language variation across the lifespan" (accepted for Autumn 2019)
"Style-shifting and code-switching", research seminar (Autumn 2017)
"Variation in spoken Englishes" (Autumn 2016)
"Language with an attitude" (Spring 2016)
"Style, stance, stereotypes" (Autumn 2015)

Undergraduate courses (BA-Seminare)

"African American English" (accepted for Spring 2020)
"Language attitudes" (Spring 2018)
"The sociolinguistics of speech prosody" (Spring 2014, co-taught with Martina Urbani, University of Padova)
"Language in diaspora settings: Contact, conflict, and change" (Autumn 2013)
"African American Vernacular English: History and sociolinguistics of a spoken variety" (Spring 2013)
"Sociophonetics" (Spring 2012)
"Language and identity" (Autumn 2011)
"Text linguistics" (Spring 2010)
"Sociolinguistics" (Autumn 2009)

Introductory courses:

"Introduction to Linguistics " (Autumn 2018/Spring 2019)
"Introduction to Linguistics " (Autumn 2017/Spring 2018)
"Introduction to Linguistics " (Autumn 2016/Spring 2017)
"Introduction to Linguistics" (Autumn 2014/Spring 2015)
"Introduction to Linguistics" (Autumn 2013/Spring 2014)
"Introduction to Linguistics" (Autumn 2012/Spring 2013)
"Introduction to Linguistics" (Autumn 2011/Spring 2012)
"Introduction to Linguistics" (Autumn 2010/Spring 2011)

English Department/Sprachlabor, University of Heidelberg, Germany:
Pronunciation practice BrE "English Phonetics and Phonology" (2005 - 2008)


Thesis supervision

MA dissertations (co-supervision):

in progress: language attitudes (co-supervision with M. Hundt)

R. Strubelj: "'I speak both languages perfectly, so usually have no need to switch: Attitudes towards code-switching among English-German bilinguals in Switzerland" (co-supervision with D. Schreier)

J. Hausheer: "Attitudes towards European Accents of English in Switzerland" (co-supervision with D. Schreier)

J. Scharfenberger: "Swiss secondary school students' attitudes towards native and non-native English accents" (co-supervision with D. Schreier)

P. Reci "Language Use and the Implementation of Language Policy in three Bilingual
Nurseries in Switzerland" (co-supervision with D. Schreier)

BA dissertations:

S. Oeschger: "Swiss Highschool Students' Attitudes Towards the Use of English in Switzerland"

D. Teskera: "Swiss Students' Attitudes Towards Native Varieties of English and Swiss-Accented English"



Zipp, Lena. 2014. Educated Fiji English. Lexico-Grammar and Variety Status. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Varieties of English Around the World G47] http://doi.org/10.1075/veaw.g47

Edited volume

Kircher, Ruth and Zipp, Lena. In preparation. Research Methods in Language Attitudes. To be published by Cambridge University Press.

Peer-reviewed publications in international scientific journals

Perez, Danae and Zipp, Lena. 2019. On the relevance of voice quality in contact varieties: Non-modal phonation type in Afro-Yungueño Spanish. Language Ecology 3.1: 3–23. https://doi.org/10.1075/le.18010.per

Zipp, Lena. 2017. Code-switching in the media: Identity negotiations in a Gujarati diaspora radio program. In: Brook Bolander and Till Mostowlansky, eds. Special issue of International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 247: 33–48. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2017-0020

Hundt, Marianne, Zipp, Lena and Huber, André. 2015. Attitudes in Fiji towards varieties of English. World Englishes 34.4: 688–707. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/weng.12160/full

Schneider, Gerold and Zipp, Lena. 2013. Discovering new verb-preposition combinations in New Englishes. In: Magnus Huber and Joybrato Mukherjee, eds. Corpus Linguistics and Variation in English: Focus on Non-Native Englishes. Special online issue of Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG). www.helsinki.fi/varieng/journal/volumes/13

Biewer, Carolin, Hundt, Marianne, and Zipp, Lena. 2010. "’How’ a Fiji corpus? Challenges in the compilation of an ESL ICE component". ICAME Journal 34: 5–23. ICAME jrnl 34

Peer-reviewed publications in edited volumes

Zipp, Lena. In preparation. Questionnaires to elicit qualitative data. In: Kircher, Ruth and Zipp, Lena. Research Methods in Language Attitudes. To be published by Cambridge University Press.

Zipp, Lena. In print. World Englishes in migration and diaspora. In: Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt, and Edgar W. Schneider, eds. The Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Zipp, Lena and Staicov, Adina. 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: John Benjamins, 205–228. [Varieties of English around the World G57] http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/veaw.g57.09zip

Zipp, Lena. 2014. Indo-Fijian English - linguistic diaspora or endonormative stabilization? In: Marianne Hundt and Devyani Sharma, eds. English in the Indian Diaspora. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 187–213. [Varieties of English Around the World G50]  http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/veaw.g50.09zip

Zipp, Lena and Bernaisch, Tobias. 2012. Particle verbs across first and second language varieties of English. In: Marianne Hundt and Ulrike Gut, eds. Mapping Unity and Diversity World-Wide. Corpus-Based Studies of New Englishes. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 167–196. [Varieties of English Around the World G43] http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/veaw.g43.07zip

Peer-reviewed conference papers

Zipp, Lena and Dellwo, Volker. 2011. ’Read speech normalization’ (RSN): A method to study prosodic variability in spontaneous speech. In: Wai-Sum Lee and Eric Zee, eds. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 17–21 August 2011, Hong Kong, 2328–2331. PDF


Zipp, Lena. 2019. Review of Sandra C. Deshors, Sandra Götz and Samantha Laporte, eds. 2016. Rethinking Creativity in Non-Native Englishes. Amsterdam: Benjamins. ICAME Journal 43: 123–128. DOI: 10.2478/icame-2019-0005

Zipp, Lena. 2018. Review of Anna M. Babel, ed. 2016. Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Journal of Sociolinguistics 22.1: 123–128. DOI:10.1111/josl.12251

Zipp, Lena. 2016. Review of Allan Bell. 2014. The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. English World-Wide 37.1, 91–96. http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/eww.37.1.05zip



Invited talks

2017: "Language in the Diaspora", Staatssekretariat für Migration SEM, Sektion LINGUA

2016: "Postcolonial Fiji English – status and attitudes", Colloquium "Varieties of English in the (South) Pacific", University of Bremen, Germany

2015: "Identity practices in the UK Gujarati diaspora" in M. Hundt's lecture series "English as an Asian language", University of Zurich

2014: "The phonetics of Jamaican Creole", guest teaching in D. M. Perez' undergraduate seminar "English-based Pidgins and Creoles around the world"

2008: "Exo- and endonormative models in Fiji. A corpus-based study on the dynamics of first and second language varieties with a focus on Indo-Fijian English." Oberseminar, University of Bamberg, Germany

Conference organization committee member of

IACPL Zurich Conference on Colonial and Postcolonial Language Studies – Changes and Challenges, June 4–6, 2018 http://www.iacpl.uzh.ch/de.html

The fifth international symposium on History of English Lexicography and Lexicology (Hel-Lex 5), February 16–18, 2017 http://www.hel-lex5.uzh.ch/en.html

3rd Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE 3), August 24–27, 2014 http://www.isle3.uzh.ch/en.html

English as a Contact Language (ECoLa), June 7–9, 2010 http://www.es.uzh.ch/en/Subsites/events/ecola2010.html


Forschungskredit, Postdoctoral scholarship, University of Zurich (2013)

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), Full PhD scholarship (April 2006 - September 2008)

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Research grant to conduct fieldwork in Suva, Fiji (November 2005 - February 2006)


International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)

International Association for World Englishes (IAWE)

Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE)

International Pragmatics Association (IPRA)

Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (SAUTE)

Deutscher Anglistenverband