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English Department

Sarah Chevalier

Sarah Chevalier, PD Dr.

  • Privatdozentin for English Linguistics


Sarah Chevalier holds a BA in modern languages from the University of Sydney, as well as a Lizenziat in English and French Linguistics and Literature, and a doctorate and habilitation in English Linguistics from the University of Zurich.

Her research interests are the social and regional varieties of English, onomastics, bi- and multilingualism, language attitudes and language acquisition. Sarah Chevalier's doctoral thesis Ava to Zac: A Sociolinguistic Study of Given Names and Nicknames in Australia explored the formation, use and social meanings of personal names. Her habilitation was concerned with the acquisition of three languages by very young children.

Sarah Chevalier has taught linguistics at all levels, with a focus on sociolinguistics and multilingualism. Lectures and seminars taught in recent years include Language Policy, Language Socialisation, First Language Acquisition, Bilingual Language Acquisition, Attitudes to Language, Australian English, Writing Systems, Intercultural Communication, and Terms of Address.


2019. With Quay, Suzanne. Fostering Multilingualism in Childhood. In Quay, Suzanne and Simona Montanari (eds.). Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Multilingualism: The Fundamentals. Language Contact and Bilingualism, vol. 19. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 205–227.

2016. With Timofeeva, Olga, Anne Gardner and Alpo Honkapohja (eds). Building Bridges: Methodology, Corpora, and Globality in English Linguistics. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

2016. The Value of English in Multilingual Families. In: Puskas, Genoveva and Martin Leer, eds. Economies of English. SPELL 33. Tübingen: Gunter Narr. 97-114.

2015. Trilingual Language Acquisition: Contextual Factors Influencing Active Trilingualism in Early Childhood. Trends in Language Acquisition Research, vol. 16. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2015. What's in a name? Hello, my name is... Babel: The Language Magazine 12: 10–15.

2014. Childhood in Three Languages. Babel: The Language Magazine 9: 29–34.

2014. Attitudes of Students in Switzerland Towards Varieties of English. In: Langlotz, Andreas and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, eds. Emotion, Affect and Sentiment: The Language and Aesthetics of Feeling. SPELL 30. Tübingen: Gunter Narr.

2014. Udo Fries, interviewed by Sarah Chevalier; Zurich 18 June 2014. Zeitschrift für Anglisktik und Amerikanistik. Special Issue: English Linguistics in Germany: Trends and Developments 1960–2014 62/3, 215–230.

2013. Caregiver Responses to the Language Mixing of a Young Trilingual. Multilingua. Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication 32/1, 1–32.

2012. Active Trilingualism in Early Childhood: The Motivating Role of Caregivers in Interaction. International Journal of Multilingualism, Special Issue: Social and Affective Factors in Multilingualism Research 9/4, 437–454.

2012. Mobile Parents, Multilingual Children. In: Annette Kern-Stähler and David Britain (eds.). On the Move: Mobilities in English Language and Literature. SPELL, Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 27. Tübingen: Narr, 99–115.

2012. With Thomas Honegger (eds.). Words, Words, Words: Philology and Beyond: Festschrift for Andreas Fischer on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday. Tübingen: Narr.

2008. Contextual Aspects of Early Trilingualism. In: Alexandre Nikolaev and Jussi Niemi (eds.). Two or More Languages: Proceedings from the 9th Nordic Conference on Bilingualism. August 10–11, 2006, Joensuu. Studies in Languages 43. Joensuu, Finland: University of Joensuu, 37–46.

2006. Ava to Zac: A Sociolinguistic Study of Given Names and Nicknames in Australia. Swiss Studies in English 131. Tübingen: Francke.

2006. Trilingual Tots. The New Stork Times: The Parenting Source for Switzerland 14/4, 12–13.

2004. Nicknames in Australia. Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée 80, 125 –137.

2002. To What Extent Does Globalisation Equal Americanisation? An Onomastic Response. In: Frances Ilmberger, and Alan Robinson (eds.), Globalisation. SPELL, Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 15. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 151–167.

2001. What's in a Name: Family Naming Practices. Australian Style 9/1, 1–2.

Reviews of Ava to Zac:

Collins, Peter. 2008. Multilingua. Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication 27/4, 449–452.

Sand, Andrea. 2008. The Year's Work in English Studies 87/1, section 10, paragraph 11. <>

Research in the Media

27.02.2018. “Zweisprachige Kinderbetreuung.” Interview in Zürichsee-Zeitung Bezirk Meilen (2).

May 2014. “Mehrsprachig aufwachsen.” Interview in parenting magazine Baby&Kleinkind (50–52).

29.09.2013. “Leben in drei Sprachen.” Reportage in the Neue Zürcher Zeiting, section Wissen (57–58).

04.09.2006. “Trilingualism and Language Loss.” Interview on World Radio Geneva. WRG-FM 88.4.