Melanie Borchers

Melanie Borchers

Curriculum Vitae

Melanie studied English and French at the universities of Hanover and Kiel. During her studies she spent a year both in Normandy, France, and in Angus, Scotland, where she worked as a PAD assistant, teaching college students in France and training Primary Teachers in the Modern Languages in the Primary School (MLPS) programme in Scotland. She finished her studies with the First State Exam with a thesis on Middle English Phraseology: Native Developments and Foreign Influences.

Research Interests

Melanie is currently working as a research assistant and lecturer in the English Linguistics and Language History section. Her major interests of research are historical linguistics, corpus linguistics and language contact.

Melanie is preparing her doctoral thesis with the working title Historical English Phraseology.

The dissertation is primarily concerned with the Middle English period (1066-1476) and the influence that the French language exerted on the phraseological level at that time. Not only had French an enormous impact on the English lexicon, the present paper empirically proves that French had an even more wide-ranging influence on the English language than formerly assumed (cf. Price (1947) and Prins 1952)). With the help of a Middle English corpus and two comparative corpora - one for Old English and another one for Old and Middle French - the paper adds statistical evidence to former research about a French influence on the phraseological stock of Middle English.

(http://www.uni-due.de/geisteswissenschaften/forschung/laufendepromo.php)

Publications

Chapters in Books

In preparation or currently under review:
  • Borchers, Melanie & Dorothee Graf. "Der E-Bibliotheksschein Anglophone Studien/Studies - Ein virtueller Lernraum in der Praxis."

Articles

  • "A Linguistic Analysis of Lewis Carroll's Poem "Jabberwocky"." The Carrollian 24/2009, 3-46.
In preparation or currently under review:
  • "A Phraseological Approach to Etymology."
  • "A Phraseological Investigation of the Discourse Marker(s) of Reformulation that is to say, that is and i.e. throughout the History of the English Language."
  • "Language Attitudes and What They Tell Us about the Anglo-French Contact Situation during the Middle English Period."
  • "'Que ma langue lor est salvaige' The Status of French in Medieval England - An Attitude Study."
  • "Defining Phraseology: A Definition with Special Regard to Historical Data."

E-publications

  • Graf, Dorothee, Melanie Borchers, Stefanie Caeners & Margit Hempel. 2012. E-Bibliotheksschein Anglophone Studien/Studies: Einführung in die fachwissenschaftliche Recherche auf Moodle-Basis. http://www.uni-due.de/ub/schulung/anglistik_e-schein.
In preparation or currently under review:
  • Borchers, Melanie & Dorothee Graf. "Der E-Bibliotheksschein Anglophone Studien/Studies - Ein virtueller Lernraum in der Praxis."

Reviews

  • "Review of Päivi Pahta & Andreas H. Jucker (eds.). Communicating Early English Manuscripts." ICAME Journal 36/2012, 158-163.
  • "Review of Simon Winchester, The Meaning of Everything. The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary." Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (LWU) 37:2/2004, 197-199.
  • "Review of Martin Gardner (ed.). The Annotated Alice - The Definitive Edition. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass." Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (LWU) 36:2/2003, 182.
  • "Review of Andrejs Veisbergs. Phraseological Borrowing." Yearbook of Phraseology 4/2013, 95-103.
In preparation or currently under review:
  • "Review of Geoff Barnbrook, Oliver Mason and Ramesh Krishnamurthy. Collocation: Applications and Implications."

Guest Lecture

  • "Can Phraseology Help Determining Etymology?" Guest lecture at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 24th February 2011. (ERASMUS scholarship)

Conference Papers

2013
  • "'Que ma langue lor est salvaige': The Status of French in Medieval England." 8th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME). University of Murcia, 2nd to 4th May 2013.
2012
  • "Revising the Classification of Linguistic Borrowing – A Phraseological Approach." 17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL). University of Zurich, 20th to 25th August 2012. abstract
2011
  • "A Phraseological Investigation of Discourse Marker(s) of Reformulation: that is to say, that is and i.e. throughout the History of the English Language." Helsinki Corpus Festival: The Past, Present and Future of English Historical Corpora. Research Unit for Variation, Contacts, and Change in English (VARIENG), Helsinki, 28th September to 2nd October 2011. (DAAD scholarship)
  • "Phraseology Meets Pragmatics that is to say Discourse Markers of Reformulation under Phraseological Investigation." Corpus Linguistics 2011:Discourse and Corpus Linguistics. The University of Birmingham, 20th to 22nd July 2011. abstract
  • "Discourse Markers of Reformulation - A Phraseological Approach to that is to say in Present-Day English." 32nd International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME). University of Oslo, 1st to 5th June 2011. abstract
2010
  • "Exploring Middle English turn : A Phraseological Approach to Etymology." 16th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL). University of Pécs, 23rd to 27th August 2010. abstract (dokFORUM scholarship)
  • "The French Influence on the Flexibility of Middle English Binomials." 31st International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME). University of Giessen, 26th to 30th May 2010.
  • "Middle English Binomials - 'The Chicken or The Egg' Revisited." Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN). University of Paderborn, 23rd to 26th March 2010. abstract
2009
  • "Determining the Origin of Middle English Phraseologisms - A Methodological Problem?" Foreign Influences on Medieval English. Academy of Management, Warsaw, 12th and 13th December 2009.
  • "Les constructions phraséologiques prépositionnelles en moyen anglais et leurs origines natives et empruntées: une étude pilote comparative de corpus." 6e Journées de Linguistique de Corpus (LiCoRN-JLC). Université de Bretagne-Sud, Lorient, 10th to 12th September 2009. (dokFORUM scholarship)
  • "A Fact at hand ? 'Prepositional Phrases Rained in upon English from All Sides.' A Special Focus on the French Influence on Middle English Prepositional Constructions." Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics (MMECL). University of Innsbruck, 5th to 9th July 2009. abstract
2008
  • "French Influence in English Phrasing Revisited: A Corpus Linguistics Approach to Prins (1952)." 15th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL). Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 24th to 30th August 2008. abstract
2007
  • "Middle English Phraseology: Native Developments and Foreign Influences." The Oxford Postgraduate Linguistics Conference (LingO). St. Anne's College, Oxford, 21st & 22nd September 2007. abstract

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Academic Writing
  • And as the Frensshe booke saith... - A Course on Middle English
  • Barking up the Wrong Tree: An Investigation of English Idioms
  • Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English
  • English in Scotland
  • English Phraseology
  • English Usage
  • Historical Linguistics
  • (Im)Politeness
  • "Inglan is a Bitch": The Negotioation of Pidgin English Identities in English Literature and Linguistics
  • Is it Culturally Sensitive to Say "Politically Correct"?
  • Language Contact in the History of the English Language
  • Making NonSense - A Course on Semantics
  • Text Linguistics
  • The Web of Words - A Course on Lexicography
  • Well, you know, pragmatic markers are sort of ...