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born in Essen in 1978


Habilitation: Universität Regensburg - English Linguistics
Thesis: "Structural nativization in Ghanaian English" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Edgar Schneider)

2012: PhD: Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen – English Linguistics
Thesis: "A sociophonetic study of Aberdeen English: innovation and conservatism" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Magnus Huber)

2005: 1. Staatsprüfung für die Lehrämter für die Sekundarstufe II und für die Sekundarstufe I: Universität Duisburg-Essen – English, English, Pedagogy, Education

1998: Abitur - Gymnasium Borbeck, Essen

Academic positions held/offered

2022-2023: Universität Bayreuth - Acting Chair of English Linguistics

since April 2022: Universität Regensburg - Akademischer Rat a.Z. (Lecturer)

2020-2022: Universität Regensburg - Acting Chair of English Linguistics

2019: Universität Bayreuth - Offered Acting Chair of English Linguistics  (declined)

2015-2020: Universität Regensburg - Akademischer Rat a.Z. (Lecturer)

2014-2015: Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster - Acting Chair of English Linguistics

2012-2015: Technische Universität Chemnitz - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Lecturer)

2005-2011: Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research assistant)

Research projects

since 2020: Namibian English (with Anne Schröder)

since 2018: Phonetics and phonology of Botswanan English

since 2018: The English of Children and Adolescents in Cameroon: Sociolinguistic and acquisitional perspectives (with Samuel Atechi and Giuliana Regnoli)

since 2013: A real-time study of structural nativization in Ghanaian English

since2011: An acoustic-phonetic description of Ghanaian English

2010-2012: Areal features of African Englishes (with Magnus Huber)

2006-2012: A sociophonetic study of Aberdeen English

2004: Phonological variation in Glaswegian adolescents

Peer reviews

English World-Wide

John Benjamins

Journal of English Linguistics

Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

Legon Journal of the Humanities

Peter Lang

Oxford University Press


Studia Linguistica

World Englishes

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

English Linguistics

Dr. Thorsten Brato

Dr. Thorsten Brato

Room PT 3.2.80