Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Barbara Seidlhofer
T: +43-1-4277-42442

Consultation hours: Please note that I will be on sabbatical in the summer term 2018.
This means that I will not be teaching any courses, and am generally not taking on any new supervision and examination commitments before the autumn. I will of course continue to be available for students whose doctoral research projects and diploma / MA theses I am already supervising. I will also be conducting those final examinations that have already been agreed upon and offering office hours spread out over the summer term; the dates of the latter will be announced on my homepage.
If you have questions or want to make an appointment, please contact <judith.brockmann@univie.ac.at>.

Next office hour: Thursday, 22 March, 14:15-15:30

Winter term 2017
120228 SE MA Seminar - Focus: Applied Linguistics / Linguistics Seminar - Learners vs. users? ‘Grammar hotspots’ in Learner English and English as a Lingua Franca communication
124015 VK BEd 09.2: VK Linguistics for Language Teachers - Exploring ‘communicative competence’ in ELT
Summer term 2017
120229 SE Linguistics Seminar / MA applied linguistics & TEFL - Concepts of Competence
128543 SE PhD Seminar
Seidlhofer, B., & Widdowson, H. G. (2007). Idiomatic variation and change in English. The idiom principle and its realizations. in S. Dollinger, J. Hüttner, G. Kaltenböck, U. Lutzky, & U. Smit (Hrsg.), Tracing English through time: explorations in language variation. (S. 359-374). Wilhelm Braumüller Universitätsverlag.
Seidlhofer, B. (2007). Common Property: English as a Lingua Franca in Europe. ELT Journal, 137-153.
Seidlhofer, B. (2007). English as a lingua franca and communities of practice. in S. Volk-Birke, & J. Lippert (Hrsg.), Anglistentag 2006 Halle Proceedings (S. 307-318). Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.
Seidlhofer, B. (2007). Intelligibility and relative values. World Englishes: journal of English as an international and intranational language.
Seidlhofer, B. (2006). English as a lingua franca in the expanding circle: What it isn't. in. M. Rubdy, &. M. Saraceni (Hrsg.), English in the World: global rules, global roles (S. 40-50). London: Continuum International Publishing Group.
Widdowson, H. G., & Seidlhofer, B. (2006). Reversions. A Modest Proposal for the Adoption of a Radically Innovative Corpus-based Approach to the Teaching of Poetry in English for Students who have the Misfortune not to be Native Speakers of that Language. in A. Fill, G. Marko, D. Newby, & H. Penz (Hrsg.), Linguists (Don't) Only Talk About It: Essays in Honour of Bernhard Kettemann (S. 79-92). Stauffenburg Verlag.
Seidlhofer, B. (2006). Creative Incompetence. in F. Intemann, & F. G. Königs (Hrsg.), Ach!texte - Didak-Tick der modernen, unmodernen und außerirdischen Sprachen. Eine etwas andere Festschrift für Claus Gnutzmann zum 60. Geburtstag (und allen weiteren) (S. 143-160). Verein Z. Förd. D. Aks.
Seidlhofer, B., & Pölzl, U. (2006). In and on their own terms: the 'habitat factor' in English as a lingua franca interactions. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, (177), 151-176.
Seidlhofer, B., Breiteneder, A., & Pitzl, M-L. (2006). English as a lingua franca in Europe. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 26, 1-34.
Schendl, H., Seidlhofer, B., & Widdowson, H. G. (2003). Weltsprache Englisch - Bedrohung oder Chance? in H-J. Krumm, & P. Cichon (Hrsg.), Sprachenvielfalt. Babylonische Sprachverwirrung oder Mehrsprachigkeit als Chance? (S. 269-278). StudienVerlag.
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Since 2005
Full Professor of English Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna

'Habilitation' (venia legendi, post-doctoral qualification) in English Linguistics, University of Vienna (Habilitation: "English: Native Tongue, Foreign Language, Lingua Franca. An Applied Linguistic Enquiry")

PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of London (PhD Thesis: "Approaches to Summarization: Discourse Analysis and Language Education")

Master of Arts in Language and Literature in Education, University of London, Institute of Education

MA in English and Italian, University of Vienna


  • English as a Lingua Franca: conceptualization, description, and theoretical implications
  • Sociolinguistics: language contact, language variation and change
  • Intercultural communication and 'multilingualism'
  • Corpus linguistics: corpus compilation and computer-aided linguistic analysis
  • Applied linguistic implications of the above, especially with regard to language policy, language teacher education and language pedagogy

Selected research projects

2005 – 2013        Project director, 'Translational Research Project' of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): The Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE), see: http://www.univie.ac.at/voice

2006-2011           Project director, Work package 4.2. 'Emergent varieties' of the EU project DYLAN (Language dynamics and management of diversity), see:



Wiener Sprachgesellschaft (Externe Organisation)

Seidlhofer, B. (Vorsitzender)
Apr 2016Apr 2018

Journal of English as a Lingua Franca (Zeitschrift)

Seidlhofer, B. (HerausgeberIn)
2012 → …

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien
Room: 3E-O2-12.A

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