Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Wagner

Academic positions

Education and Qualifications

Current research


Conference papers (peer-reviewed)


since 2015: Professor of English Linguistics, Department of English & Linguistics, University of Mainz

2012-2015: departmental lecturer in English language, English Faculty, University of Oxford

2009-2012: wiss. Mitarbeiterin (assistant professor), English Language & Linguistics, IAA, Chemnitz University of Technology

2008-2009: Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow, SECL, University of Kent (Canterbury)

2000-2008: wiss. Angestellte (lecturer/academic staff member), English Department, University of Freiburg

2012 Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) in English Linguistics; Chemnitz University of Technology

2003 Dr. phil. in English Philology; University of Freiburg

1999 Magister Artium in English Philology, Latin Philology, General Linguistics; University of Freiburg

1995 Abitur (high school diploma); Bismarck-Gymnasium Karlsruhe

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  • Never saw one - first Person null subjects in spoken English
  • Frequency ...
    • & sociophonetics
    • & null subjects
    • & (ING)
  • Women are uncertain, natural sciences are objective: De-mystifying academic writing clichés
    • statistical analysis of some 100.000 research article bstracts covering 4 academic fields
    • quantitative Analysis of well-known predictors such as author commitment, hedging, certainty/uncertainty

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(under revision)
Never saw one - first person null subjects in spoken English.

in print
English non-finite clauses in German student writing: frequency, use and accomplishment. In Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara et al. (eds.) Languages and Cultures in Contact and Contrast. Chambéry: Éditions de l'Université de Savoie.

South West English. In Hopkins, Tometro and John McKenny (eds.), World Englishes - Volume I - The British Isles. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 167-188.

Null subjects in English - variable rules, variable language? Habilitationsschrift, Philosophische Fakultät, TU Chemnitz.

Late Modern English Dialects. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110251593.915

Pronominal Systems. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110279429.379

Southwest English dialects. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110280128.78

Newfoundland English. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110280128.109

Concessives and Contrastives in Student Writing: L1, L2 and Genre Differences. In Schmied, Josef (ed.), Academic Writing in Europe: Empirical Perspectives. Göttingen: Cuvillier, 23-49.

Dialects of Southwest England dataset. In Kortmann, Bernd and Kerstin Lunkenheimer (eds.), The Electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English. München/Berlin: Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with Mouton de Gruyter. http://www.ewave-atlas.org.

with Bernd Kortmann. Changes and continuities in dialect grammar. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511781643.015

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2015, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2004
New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV)

2014, 2011, 2008, 2005, 2002
Methods in Dialectology

2014, 2008
International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)

2012, 2008, 2006, 2004
Sociolinguistics Symposium

since 2001
4 other conferences

11 invited guest talks in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany

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World Englishes, Sociolinguistics, To boldly go...: Grammar and beyond, Introduction to English Language & Culture; Applied Linguistics


World Englishes, Topics in the Structure of English, Fundamentals of English, Sociolinguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Research Seminar, Second Language Acquisition, Using & Learning English World-wide, Conceptualising English Language Systems, The Study of Dialects, Dialects & Transplanted English(es), Introduction to Sociolinguistics, English Dialects, Corpus Linguistics, Methods in Sociolinguistics, Dialectology


tutorials: Sociolinguistics, English Language
Übungen: Praktische Grundlagen der Sprachwissenschaft, Einführung ins Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten, Linguistic Analysis

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