Recent publications

Leimgruber, J. 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, J. 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, a DPhil in English Language from the University of Oxford, and am awaiting a Habilitation to be conferred by the University of Freiburg in Germany. In my DPhil 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 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 English Department of 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.

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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