Researchers at the Department

Univ. Prof., English Department Univ. Vienna

is professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Her research and teaching focus on the conceptualization, description, and theoretical implications of English as a lingua franca interaction and its applied linguistic significance for ‘real world’ concerns, the nature of transcultural communication, and sociolinguistics and pragmatics more generally. Barbara Seidlhofer is the founding director of the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE) and author of Understanding English as a Lingua Franca (Oxford University Press). She is past editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and founding editor and past editor of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca.

FWF Elise-Richter Research Fellow, English Department Univ. of Vienna
Principal investigator: "English as a lingua franca in Transient International Groups (TIGs)" (2019-2022, FWF V747)
Project leader: "Update of infrastructure and integration of VOICE into CLARIAH-AT" (2020; Austrian Academy of Sciences & Univ. of Vienna)

Research interests
  • English as a lingua franca (ELF) and Transient International Groups (TIGs)
  • Spoken language, interaction and micro-diachronic analysis
  • Transcultural communication, multilingualism and transient language contact
  • Variation, linguistic group development and real-time change
  • (Qualitative) Corpus linguistics and digital humanities
  • Pragmatics and discourse analysis
  • Linguistic creativity (metaphor, idiom variation, lexical creativity)
  • Applied linguistics, teacher education and professional communication

Phd student, English Department Univ. Vienna
Pre-doc position at the Department
Teaching Degree English & Italian, Univ. Vienna

Research interests
  • Lingua franca communication in sign and spoken language: International Sign / cross-signing /ELF
  • Multilingualism / translanguaging / multimodality
  • Negotiation and establishment of shared resources in transcultural communication

Phd student, English Department Univ. Vienna
Pre-doc position at the Department
Teaching Degree English & Philosophy & Psychology, Univ. Vienna

Research interests
  • The lived language experience (Spracherleben) in ELF communication
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to theorizing language and its use (Philosophy & Applied Linguistics)
  • Agency, language awareness and the development of communicative capability

 

 

 

Phd student, English Department Univ. Vienna
Pre-doc position at the Department
Teaching Degree English & Geography and Economics, Univ. Vienna

Research interests
  • Implications of ELF for language pedagogy
  • Reflective approaches in teacher education and language awareness
  • Language policy

Phd student, English Department Univ. Vienna
Uni:Docs Scholarship 
MA in English Linguistics, Univ. Vienna

Research interests
  • Accommodation and alignment processes in English as a lingua franca communication
  • Quantitative corpus analysis of spoken language data
  • Lexical and constructional predictability in spoken language
  • Language variation and change
  • Language evolution (particularly in relation to historical phonology and morphology)

 

 

Hon.Prof, English Department Univ. Vienna

Research interests

  • The pragmatics of ELF communication and its relevance to the pedagogy of English language teaching and other areas of applied linguistics.

Associated researchers

Berat Baser

Phd student, English Department Univ. Vienna
English Language teacher, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Mag.phil English Linguistics, Univ. Vienna

Research interests
  • Negotiating interpersonal relations in business English as a lingua franca interactions
  • Pedagogical implications of English as a lingua franca
  • Corpus linguistics (qualitative)

 

PhD student, English Department Univ. Vienna
Lecturer in Linguistics and English language competence, Univ. Vienna
Teaching degree English & Russian, Univ. Vienna

 

Research interests
  • ELF in teaching and teacher education
  • Attitudes and beliefs of pre-service teachers
  • Teacher cognition

Rino Bosso

PhD Student, English Department Univ. Vienna
MSc in Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation with Translation Technology, Imperial College London (UK)
MA in Literary Translation Studies, Univ. Cagliari (Italy)

Research interests
  • Pragmatics of computer-mediated ELF communication on Facebook
  • Multimodality in online ELF interactions
  • Computer-mediated discourse analysis 
  • Hybrid ethnography

Svitlana Klötzl

PhD in English Linguistics, Univ. Vienna

Research interests
  • Discourse analysis
  • Applied linguistics
  • Interpersonal/intercultural communication
  • Private couple interaction

 

 

Eva Knechtelsdorfer

PhD Student, English Department Univ. Vienna
Pre-Doc position at Teacher Training College Vienna
Teaching Degree English & Italian, Univ. Vienna

Research interests
  • ELF and language assessment
  • Formative Assessment
  • Implications of ELF communication for language teaching

PhD Student, English Department Univ. Vienna
Pre-Doc position at Viena University of Economics and Business
Teaching degree English & French, Univ. Vienna

Research interests 
  • Intelligibility in ELF communication
  • Co(n)textual effects on speech perception
  • ELF and English pronunciation teaching
  • Quantitative and experimental linguistics