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Dr. Lucia Siebers


Office hours
  • during term                    Thursday 11-12
  • during the term break    21 July, 9-10, 8 September 10-12, 29 September 10-12



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Research Interests

  • Earlier African American English
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • (Historical) Sociolinguistics
  • Varieties of English
  • Morphosyntax

CV

Education

since 07/08 Work on post-doctoral thesis "'You must excews my Bad writen'. A linguistic analysis of early African American letters" (working title)
07/07 PhD in English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a thesis on "Morphosyntax in Black South African English: A sociolinguistic analysis of Xhosa English" ( supervisor: Prof. Dr. Raymond Hickey)
01/03 - 12/06 Work on PhD at the University of Duisburg-Essen
10/94 - 06/00 Study of English, History and Educational Science, University of Essen (Degree: First State Exam, German teacher training qualification)
1994 General qualification for university entrance ("Abitur") at the "Städtische Stiftsgymnasium Xanten"

Employment

since 07/10 Assistant Professor (Akademische Rätin a.Z.) in English Linguistics, Chair Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider, University of Regensburg

05/11 - 02/12        Maternity leave

05/14 - 02/15

07/07 - 06/10 Principal investigator and coordinator of the project "African American letters from the nineteenth century", funded by the German Research foundation (DFG), (project director: Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider), University of Regensburg
02/06 - 06/10 Lecturer in English Linguistics, Chair Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider, Department of English and American Studies at the University of Regensburg
02/02 - 01/06 Research assistant in English Linguistics, Chair Prof. Dr. Raymond Hickey, University of Duisburg-Essen
10/00 - 02/07 Part-time lecturer in the English Department of the University of Duisburg-Essen
07/01 - 01/02 Junior Lecturer in the School of Languages at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa
09/00 - 12/00 Tutor in the self-learning centre of the English Department, University of Essen
11/99 - 07/00 Student assistant in the English Department, University of Essen
04/98 - 02/00 Tutor in the English Department, University of Essen

Stays abroad

02/08 - 04/08 Research stay in 18 archives in the United States, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
09/04 - 04/05 Visiting Researcher at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa
02/98 - 04/98 Teaching Assistant at Chaucer School in Sheffield, UK
09/96 - 04/97 Exchange semester at the University of Wolverhampton, UK

Grants and awards

06/05 - 10/06 accepted as mentee in the prestigious mentoring programme for excellent young academics (University of Dortmund, Ruhr-University of Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen)
10/04 - 09/05 PhD scholarship of the University of Duisburg-Essen
03/03 - 04/03 Scholarship for field research in Grahamstown, South Africa, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Functions and activities

08/08 - 12/13 Editorial assistant for the Journal English World-Wide
10/07 Co-organizer of the 13th Conference of the International Association of World Englishes (IAWE), University of Regensburg
10/10 - 09/14 Co-convenor of the Linguistisches Forrum (interdisciplinary research colloquium of the Faculty), University of Regensburg

03/08 - 04/11

"Stellvertretende Frauenbeauftragte", Faculty of Arts, University of Regensburg
10/13 - 09/15 Elected member of the Council of the Faculty of Arts, University of Regensburg

Memberships

  • International Association for World Englishes (IAWE)
  • International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
  • Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL)
  • Deutscher Anglistenverband

publications

Monographs

(in prep.) "You must excews my Bad writen". A linguistic analysis of early African American letters (working title). Post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation). University of Regensburg.

2015. fc. Morphosyntax in Black South African English: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Xhosa English. Tübingen: Narr.

2007. Investigating Black South African English: The case of Xhosa English. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Duisburg-Essen.

Edited volumes

with Hoffmann, Thomas. 2009. World Englishes - Problems, Properties, and Prospects. Selected Papers from the 13th IAWE conference. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Articles

(in prep.) "Uncharted Territory: Nineteenth-century African American English in Indian Territory"

(under contract) "Englische Varietäten Nordamerikas" In Ralf Klabunde, Stefanie Dipper und Wiltrud Mihatsch, eds. Linguistik - Komparativer Vertiefungsteil. Berlin: Springer.

2015. "Assessing heterogeneity". In Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier and Richard J. Watts, eds. Letter Writing and Language Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 240-263.

2010. "’An abundant harvest to the philologer’? Jeremiah Goldswain, Thomas Shone and nineteenth-century South African English". In Raymond Hickey, ed. Varieties in Writing. The Written Word as Linguistic Evidence. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 263-294.

with Thomas Hoffmann 2009. "Introduction". In Thomas Hoffmann and Lucia Siebers, eds. World Englishes - Problems, Properties, and Prospects. Selected Papers from the 13th IAWE conference. Amsterdam: Benjamins, xv-xx.

2008. "'I don't know nothing on cricket'. Negative concord – an atypical L2 feature?" In Klaus Stierstorfer, ed. Anglistentag Münster 2007: Proceedings. Trier: WVT, 317-329.

2007. "Identifying (with) Black South African English: The role of social factors in a language contact setting". In Undine Weber and Janina Wozniak, eds. Literatur- und Kulturvermittlung. A Festschrift for Werner Krueger. Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University Press, 109-118.

conferences

10/15 "Uncharted data: African American letters from the 18th and 19th centuries", From data to evidence conference, University of Helsinki
06/15 "The evolution of African American English(es): New evidence from the 18th and 19th centuries", Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL 9), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
05/15 "Reconstructing language contact in the antebellum South: African American English and White Southern Vernacular English", ICAME 35, University of Trier
04/15 "Studying language variation in the antebellum South: The Corpus of Older African American Letters and the Southern Plantation Overseers Corpus", Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL 82) and Language Variation in the South (LAVIS IV), North Carolina State University, Raleigh
04/13 "Uncharted Territory: Nineteenth-century African American English in Indian Territory", SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics LXXX, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg
12/12 "Regional variation in earlier African American English", 18th Annual Conference of the International Association for World Englishes, City University of Hong Kong and Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China
11/09 "Assessing heterogeneity in earlier African American English. Evidence from 19th century letters", "Colloquium of English Historical Linguistics", University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
07/09 "The use of articles in Xhosa English: Assessing the role of substrate influence and universals", "International Conference on the Linguistics Contemporary English" (ICLCE 3), University College London
11/08 "Introducing COAAL: A Corpus of Older African American Letters and its linguistic significance" (with Michael Montgomery and Edgar W. Schneider), "New Ways of Analysing Variation (NWAV 37) ", Rice University, Houston, Texas, US
04/08 "Nineteenth-century corpora for the twenty-first century: A Corpus of Older African American Letters (COAAL)", SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
09/07 "'I don't know nothing on cricket'. Negative concord – an atypical L2 feature?", Anglistentag 2007, University of Münster
07/06 "'And he was like I’m not existing at all'. Extended use of the progressive in Black South African English", “Sociolinguistics Symposium 16”, University of Limerick, Ireland
08/02 "Black South African English", poster presented at "Methods in Dialectology XII", University of Joensuu, Finnland

Other talks

05/15 "Reconstructing language contact in the antebellum South: African American English and Whtie Sothern Vernacular English", Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
11/13 "Uncharted Territory: Nineteenth-century African American English in Indian Territory", Recent research in American Studies, University of Regensburg
07/13 "From manuscript collection to electronic corpus: methodological challenges in compiling non-standard diachronic corpora", Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
06/12 "Reconstructing language contact in the American South: African American English and  Southern American Vernacular English", Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
06/10 "Assessing heterogeneity in earlier African American English", Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
07/09 "Was/were variation in earlier African American English", Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
05/09 "Black South African Englsih: Sociolinguistic perspectives", Department of English & American Studies, University of Marburg
01/09 " 'You must excews my Bad Writen'. Briefe als Datenquellen für die Entwicklung des früheren afroamerikanischen Englisch", Linguistisches Forum, University of Regensburg
06/08 "The COAAL (Corpus of Older African American Letters project: Funding, fieldwork, features (with Edgar Schneider), Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
02/08 "Black South African English: Sociolinguistic perspectives", Linguistics Colloquium Series, Department of English Language and Literature, University of South Carolina, Columbia
06/06 "Morphosyntactic features of Black South African English", Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
06/06 "Using Corpus Presenter (9.0) for data analysis", Recent research in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
10/04 "Methodological aspects in the study of language and cultural sub-identity, Departmental Research Seminar, Department of English Language and Linguistics, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
12/03 "Englisch als Zweitsprache in Südafrika am Beispiel des Xhosa Englisch", Linguistisches Kolloquium, University of Duisburg-Essen
11/03 " 'We are actually making our own identity': Language and identity in Black South African English", South Africa Colloquium, Department of English Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen
12/02 "English as a global language", Colloquium English world-wide, in cooperation with the British Council, University of Duisburg-Essen

teaching

SS 2015

  • PS Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2014

  • PS Language Change

WS 2013/14

  • PS Accents of English
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2013

  • PS Syntax
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

WS 2012/13

  • Readings in English Linguistics (Masters course)
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2012

  • PS Corpus Linguistics
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

WS 2010/11

  • Readings in English Linguistics (Masters course)
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2010

  • PS Corpus Linguistics
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

WS 2009/10

  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2009

  • PS Earlier American English

WS 2008/09

  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2008

  • PS Vocabulary of English

WS 2007/08

  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2007

  • PS English in North America

WS 2006/07

  • PS Cognitive Linguistics
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2006

  • PS Language in Society: Multilingual Speech Communities
  • PS Intercultural Pragmatics

WS 2005/06

  • PS Morphology and Word-formation
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2005

  • Working with the Dictionary

WS 2004/05

  • Reading Course in Sociolinguistics

SS 2004

  • PS African Varieties of English
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

WS 2003/04

  • PS Introduction to the History of English
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2003

  • PS Methods in Sociolinguistics
  • PS Contrastive Linguistics

WS 2002/03

  • PS Non-native Varieties of English
  • PS Language and Literature in the New South Africa (co-taught with Claudia Drawe)
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

SS 2002

  • PS Reading Course in the History of English
  • PS Conversation and Discourse Analysis

WS 2001/2 (third and fourth term at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)

  • German as a foreign language (first year)
  • Cultural Studies (first year)
  • Literary Studies (second year)
  • Cultural Studies (second year)
  • Media Studies (third year)
  • Cultural Studies (third year)

SS 2001

  • PS Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

WS 2000/2001

  • Introduction to English Linguistics

  1. Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Cultures
  2. Department of English and American Studies

English Linguistics

Dr. Lucia Siebers

Lucia

Room PT 3.2.80

Phone +49(0)941-943-3504
Fax +49(0)941-943-1990
lucia.siebers@ur.de