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 Spring Semester

Introduction to Linguistics II (seminar Tue 10-12 am; co-taught lecture Tue 1-2 pm)


Courses taught

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

Introduction to Linguistics I + II


Recent and Upcoming Conference Papers

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, 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. 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.

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

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.