Recent publications

Leimgruber, Jakob R. E. 2017. The linguistic landscape of a downtown Montreal street. IJBEB online version 2017-11-10. doi

Interview in The Straits Times, 2017-02-05.

Leimgruber, Jakob R. E. 2016. Bah in Singapore English. World Englishes 35.1: 78–97. doi


I have a licence ès lettres in English Linguistics, English Literature, and Geography from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and a D.Phil in English Language from the University of Oxford. In my thesis 'Modelling variation in Singapore English', supervised by  Prof. Suzanne Romaine, I used indexicality as a framework to conceptualise the variation between Colloquial and Standard Singapore English. My habilitation thesis is currently being reviewed and deals with the language policies of Quebec, considered from a comparative perspective.

JL's photoSince October 2009 I have been on a post-doctoral position at the University of Freiburg in Germany, best translated as Assistant Professor, where I am furthering my research into world Englishes and native English in multilingual contexts. My teaching has included world Englishes, language planning and policy, sociolinguistics, and phonetics. Previously, I was a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Bangor University in 2008–2009, where I taught variationist and sociolinguistic lectures at undergraduate level.

From September 2013 to August 2015, I was on a Marie Curie Fellowship funded by the European Union. My research project dealt with language planning and attitudes in Quebec.

As the Coordinator of our Master of Arts in English Language and Linguistics (MELLing), I am the contact person for this course.

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