Latest publications:

Siemund, Al-Issa, Rahbari, & Leimgruber. 2021. Multilingualism and the role of English in the UAE. In Onysko (ed) Research developments in World Englishes, 95–120. (Open Access) link

Leimgruber & Fernández-Mallat. 2021. Language attitudes and identity building in the linguistic landscape of Montreal. Open Linguistics. (Open Access) link

Gonzales, Hiramoto, Leimgruber, & Lim. 2021. The Corpus of Singapore English Messages. World Englisheslink


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 and substitute professor at the English Department of the University of Freiburg in Germany. My teaching has included world Englishes, language planning and policy, sociolinguistics, and phonetics.

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