Mirjam Schmalz

Mirjam Schmalz, M.A.

Teaching and Research Assistant

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 Tue 10-12 am; co-taught lecture Tue 1-2 pm)

Dialectology and England’s North East: From General Theory to Hands-on Application (B.A. Seminar Mon 2-4 pm)


Courses taught

Introduction to Linguistics I + II


Recent and Upcoming Conference Papers

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, 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

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.