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Null subjects and information structure in Asian Englishes
Prof. Dr. Bernd Kortmann
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christian Mair
Oct 2010
Research on the so-called "New Englishes" is one of the most prolific areas of study in English linguistics, both in terms of theoretical debate and use of state-of-the-art methodology. Investigating the morphosyntactic structure of these varieties can provide insights into processes of language contact and its linguistic consequences, while a contrastive analysis with the superstrate can contribute to the understanding of the contact-shaped as well as the "standard" English grammatical system. In my PhD project, I am conducting a detailed investigation of a well-known morphosyntactic feature of Asian varieties of English. The analysis is based on authentic spoken language data, provided by the respective ICE-corpora. It is thus intended as a contribution to the ongoing debate on the amount of substrate influence in contact varieties and the structural and functional requirements in the languages involved that enable the integration of new features into the emerging grammatical system (e.g. Bao 2010, Sharma 2009).
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Rempartstr 15
KG IV, 4221

Kortmann, Bernd & Verena Schröter. forthc 2017. "Varieties of English." In Raymond Hickey (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Schröter, Verena & Bernd Kortmann. 2016. "Pronoun deletion in Hong Kong English and Singapore English" World Englishes 35: 221-241. DOI: 10.1111/weng.12192
Schröter, Verena. 2013. "Colloquial Singaporean English (Singlish)." In Bernd Kortmann & Kerstin Lunkenheimer (eds.), The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 562-572. DOI: 10.1515/9783110280128.562

Conference papers
2016 ICAME 37, 25.-29.5., Hong Kong. Talk: "Null subjects in Asian Englishes."
2015 Changing English Conference, 8.-10.6., Helsinki. Talk: "Singlish, Chinglish, don't know what: Referential null subjects in Singapore English".
2015 ICAME 36, 27.-31.5., Trier. Poster: "Null subjects in spoken English: ICE-GB and ICE-SIN in contrast".

Teaching (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
Winter 2016/17 "Doing Linguistics"
Winter 2015/16 Proseminar "Varieties of English"
Summer 2015 Proseminar "Morphology"
Winter 2014/15 Proseminar "Varieties of English" & "Historical Linguistics"
Summer 2014 Master Class "Current Issues in European Linguistics"
Winter 2013/14 Proseminar "Historical Linguistics"
Summer 2013 "Doing Historical Linguistics"
Winter 2012/13 "Doing Linguistics"
SS 2009 / SS 2010 / SS 2011 / SS 2013 / WS 2013/14 / SS 2014
Master Tutorial “Theoretische Grundlagen linguistischer Forschung”
WS 2007/08 / WS 2008/09 / SS 2010
Tutorial “Synchronic Linguistics”
WS 2006/07 / SS 2007
Tutorial “Diachronic Linguistics”

Magisterstudiengang Englische Philologie (Schwerpunkt Linguistik) / Philosophie, Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg.