Latest publications:

Siemund, Al-Issa, & Leimgruber. 2020. Multilingualism and the role of English in the United Arab Emirates. World Englishesdoi

Leimgruber. 2020. Naming practices in Singapore’s hawker centres: Echoes of itineracy. In Rüdiger & Mühleisen (eds) Talking about food, 235–256. Benjamins. link

Leimgruber, Vingron, & Titone. 2020. What do people notice from real-world linguistic landscapes? A review of the literature and recommendations for future research. In  Tufi & Malinowski (eds) Reterritorialising linguistic landscapes, 16–30. Bloomsbury. link


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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