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Dr. Susanne Wagner
09107 Chemnitz, Reichenhainer Str. 39, Zi. 221

Tel.: +49 (0)371-531-38497
E-Mail: susanne.wagner(at)

Office hours

Tuesdays, 12-13 (from April 10) & by appointment

Short curriculum vitae

I studied English, Latin and General Linguistics at the University of Freiburg, where I received my Magister Artium in 1999 and my PhD in 2003. My PhD thesis focussed on a traditional feature of English dialects in Southwest England and Newfoundland, Canada. I continued to pursue my interest in Newfoundland English with the help of a two-year DFG grant for my own project. I spent the academic year 2008/2009 as a Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury, where I concentrated on my postdoctorate thesis, which will focus on null subjects in English. I have been a member of ELL at Chemnitz since WS 2009/10.

Research Interests

My main research area is Language Variation and Change in dialects of English, with particular emphasis on morphosyntactic variation in varieties of the British Isles and Newfoundland. I include both traditional dialectology and sociolinguistics in my approach, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. I am also interested in the history of English dialects, particularly of the Late Modern English period. I have also worked on issues in corpus linguistics and areal typology.

Current courses

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fc a Pronominal systems. In: Hickey, Raymond (Hrsg.), Areal Features of the Anglophone World. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
fc b Southwest England. In: Kortmann, Bernd (Hrsg.), World Atlas of Variation in English: Grammar. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
fc c South West English. In: Hopkins, Tometro, John McKenny und Kendall Decker (Hrsg.), World Englishes - Volume 1 - The British Isles. London: Continuum.
(erscheint lt. Verlagswebseite Mai 2012)
fc d Dialects of Southwest England. In: Kortmann, Bernd und Kerstin Lunkenheimer (Hrsg.), The Electronic World Atlas of Variation in English: Grammar. München/Berlin: Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with Mouton de Gruyter.
2012 Late Modern English Dialects. In: Brinton, Laurel und Alexander Bergs (Hrsg.), Historical Linguistics of English: An International Handbook. Vol. 1. Berlin/ New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 915-938. DOI:
2011 Concessives and Contrastives in Student Writing: L1, L2 and Genre Differences. In: Schmied, Josef (Hrsg.), Academic Writing in Europe: Empirical Perspectives. Göttingen: Cuvillier, 23–49.
2010 mit Bernd Kortmann. Changes and continuities in dialect grammar. In: Hickey, Raymond (Hrsg.), Eighteenth Century English. Ideology and Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 269–292.
2008 English dialects in the Southwest: morphology and syntax. In: Kortmann, Bernd und Clive Upton (Hrsg.), Varieties of English - The British Isles. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 417–439.
2007a mit Lieselotte Anderwald. The Freiburg English Dialect Corpus (FRED) – Applying Corpus-Linguistic Research Tools to the Analysis of Dialect Data. In: Beal, Joan, Karen Corrigan und Herman Moisl (Hrsg.), Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora: Vol. I: Synchronic Corpora. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 35–53.
2007b mit Bernd Kortmann. A Fresh Look at Late Modern English Dialect Syntax. In: Pérez-Guerra, Javier, Dolores González-Álvarez, Jorge L. Bueno-Alonso und Esperanza Rama-Martínez (Hrsg.), Of Varying Language and Opposing Creed. New Insights into Late Modern English. Bern/Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 279–300.
2007c Unstressed periphrastic do – from Southwest England to Newfoundland? English World-Wide 28: 249–278.
2006/7 The Tocque Formula and Newfoundland English. Papers from Methods XII, Moncton 1-5 August 2005. Special issue of Linguistica Atlantica (27–28): 141–146.
2005a Gender in English pronouns: Southwest England. In: Kortmann, Bernd, Tanja Herrmann, Lukas Pietsch und Susanne Wagner, Comparative Grammar of English Dialects: Agreement, Gender, Relative Clauses. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 211–367.
2005b mit Bernd Kortmann. The Freiburg English Dialect Project and Corpus. In: Kortmann, Bernd, Tanja Herrmann, Lukas Pietsch und Susanne Wagner. A Comparative Grammar of British English Dialects: Agreement, Gender, Relative Clauses. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1–20.
2004a ‘Gendered’ pronouns in English dialects. In: Kortmann, Bernd (Hrsg.), Dialectology Meets Typology. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 479–496.
2004b English dialects in the Southwest: morphology and syntax. In: Kortmann, Bernd und Edgar Schneider (Hrsg.), A Handbook of Varieties of English, Vol. II: Morpholgy and Syntax. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 154–174.
2003 Gender in English pronouns - myth and reality. Dissertation, Englisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg. Online version
2002 We don' say she, 'do us? Pronoun Exchange – a feature of English dialects? Manuscript, Universität Freiburg, 2002. pdf
2000 Depends how long you want for it to take: For/to clauses in present-day spoken British English. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 25: 191–211.

Conference presentations

07/2010 16th Annual Conference of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE 16)
International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (ICLCE)
Osnabrück/D, London/UK, Toulouse/F, Edinburgh/UK
10/2008 First Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE I)


Methods in Dialectology
London (ON)/CAN, Leeds/UK, Moncton/CAN, Joensuu/FIN
New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV)
Ottawa/CAN, Philadelphia, PA/USA, Columbus, OH/USA, Ann Arbor, MI/USA
Sociolinguistics Symposium
Amsterdam/NL, Limerick/IRL, Newcastle/UK
09/2003 Societas Linguistica Europaea 36
07/2001 Third Language Variation and Change Conference


Guest Lectures


Guest talks at the following universities:
University of Regensburg (D), York University (Toronto/CAN), Sheffield University (UK), Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John’s/CAN), University of Manchester (UK), University of Kent (Canterbury/UK), Chemnitz University of Technology (D)