Mirjam Schmalz

Mirjam Schmalz, M.A.

Teaching and Research Assistant in English Linguistics

Assistant Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Jucker

Phone: +41 44 634 35 55




Mirjam Schmalz is a teaching and research assistant in English Linguistics. She studied English Literature and Linguistics and General History at the University of Zurich. She wrote her MA thesis on A Perceptual Dialectology Study on the Dialect Continuum from Newcastle upon Tyne to London.

Currently, she works on her doctoral dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Jucker and Prof. Dr. Daniel Schreier. Her current research focuses on the varieties of English spoken in St. Kitts in her thesis titled Perceptions of English varieties in St. Kitts: From colonial standards to local norms (working title).


Office Hours

Wed 10-11.30 am or by arrangement


Current Courses in the Autumn Semester

Introduction to Linguistics I (seminar Mon 12-2 pm; co-taught lecture Tue 1-2 pm)

The IntroLing module will be taught online with classroom elements and the lecture will be taught online (more detailed information will be provided in the material handed out in class).


Courses taught

B.A. thesis colloquium

B.A. Research Seminar: Dialectology and England’s North East: From General Theory to Hands-on Application

Introduction to Linguistics I + II

Introduction to Linguistics lecture on the topics of Linguistic Research I, Sociophonetics, Sociolinguistics I + II, and Cognitive Linguistics


BA thesis supervision

I'm happy to supervise topics in the fields of sociolinguistics, dialectology, language attitudes, perceptual dialectology, creole linguistics, language acquisition, and/or language policies.

Do contact me should you have questions.


Recent and Upcoming Conference Papers

2020. Changing Language Attitudes and Identity in St. Kitts. 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society of Caribbean Linguistics (SCL). St Augustine, [cancelled due to Covid-19].

2020. [with Philipp Meer] Between exo- and endonormativity? A comparison of teachers' perceptions of standards of English in St. Kitts and Trinidad. 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society of Caribbean Linguistics (SCL). St Augustine, [cancelled due to Covid-19].

2020. Children and Attitudinal Change in St. Kitts. Sixth conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE), Joensuu, [postponed due to Covid-19].

2020. [with Sandra Jansen] What's goose doing in Northumberland? Ninth Northern Englishes Workshop, Salfor, [postponed due to Covid-19].

2019. Mapping Perceptions in New Englishes. 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE), Bamberg, September 26-28.

2019. Mapping Attitudes and Perceptions towards Language Variation in St. Kitts. The 10th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE10), Leeuwarden / Ljouwert, June 26-29.

2019. The Interplay of Language Perceptions and Education in St. Kitts. International Association for World Englishes (IAWE), Limerick, June 20-22.

2019. Colonial Standards or Local Norms - Perceptions in St. Kitts. Swiss Work of English Language and Linguistics (SWELL), Lausanne, March 29.

2018. Perceptions and Attitudes in St. Kitts. Workshop: Language Attitude Research in the Caribbean, Münster, December 14.

2018. Perceptual Dialectology and Politeness in St. Kitts: A New Methodological Approach. Ninth Congress of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics, Vilnius, July 23-27.

2018. [with Danae Perez] The perception of local varieties in St. Kitts. Fifth conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE), London, July 17-20.

2018. Changing attitudes in the Caribbean: A Case Study in St. Kitts. Zurich Conference on Postcolonial Language Studies – Changes and Challenges, Zurich, June 4-6.

2018. Attitudes Along the Dialect Continuum from Newcastle to London [Poster]. Eighth Northern Englishes Workshop, Newcastle, March 27-28.

2017. Perceptual Politeness in St. Kitts: A New Methodological Approach. Language and Perception/Sprache und Wahrnehmung, Bern, September 7-9.


Invited Talks

2019. Perceptions of Language Structures in the Caribbean. Guest lecture in New Englishes (B.A. Seminar), University of Zurich, November 21.

2019. Guest lecturer at Aarhus University for Perceptual Dialectology, Attitudes in World Englishes and Data Processing in Studies on Perceptions and Attitudes. Aarhus University, Aarhus, June 10-14.

2018. History of Kittitian English. Guest lecture in A History of Word Englishes (B.A. Seminar), University of Zurich, Zurich, October 18.

2018. Perceptual Dialectology in the Caribbean with a focus on St. Kitts. Guest lecture in Varieties of English (M.A. Seminar), University of Konstanz, Konstanz, July 5.


Outreach Activites

2020. From Scotland to South Africa, and St. Lucia – How English Differs Across the Globe I + II. Workshop offered at the English Department. University of Zurich, Zurich, October.

2020. Stigmatised: Dialects, Standard Varieties, and Language Attitudes. ES Alumni Colloquium 2020, University of Zurich, Zurich, August 25.

2019. [with Barbara Straumann] Einführung zum Theaterstück Pygmalion. Theater Winterthur, Winterthur, March 19.