Latest publications:

Leimgruber, JRE. 2019. Montreal's linguistic landscape: Instances of top-down and bottom-up language planning. In MC Lluch et al (eds) Linguistic landscape studies: The French connection, 163–174. Rombach. pdf link

Interview in Atlas Obscura article on Singlish in Singapore

Deuber, D, JRE Leimgruber, & A Sand. 2018. Singaporean internet chit chat compared to informal spoken language: Linguistic variation and indexicality in a language contact situation. JPCL 33.1: 48–90. doi pdf


I have a licence ès lettres in English Linguistics, English Literature, and Geography from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, a DPhil in English Language from the University of Oxford, and a Habilitation in English Philology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. In my DPhil thesis 'Modelling variation in Singapore English', I used indexicality as a framework to conceptualise the variation between Colloquial and Standard Singapore English. My habilitation thesis dealt with the language policies of Quebec, considered from a comparative perspective.

JL's photoI am currently Lecturer in the Department of English of the University of Basle and concurrently Privatdozent at the English Department of the University of Freiburg in Germany. My teaching has included world Englishes, language planning and policy, sociolinguistics, and phonetics.

From 2010 to 2017 I was Coordinator of our Master of Arts in English Language and Linguistics (MELLing). The new  contact person for this course is Dr Axel Bohmann.

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