Dr. Nuria Hernández y Siebold
Lecturer in Linguistics / Studienrätin i. H.

Contact

University of Duisburg-Essen
Humanities
Department of Anglophone Studies
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen
Germany

Room: R12 R04 A07
Phone: +49 201 183-3106
E-mail: nuria.hernandez@uni-due.de

Office hours:

on appointment; virtual meeting room: ZOOM (pw 'officehour')

Notice Board

Dear students, due to the pandemic I am currently working from home. I will answer e-mails as usual. If you would like to talk to me online, please send me an e-mail suggesting one or two appointments that would suit you between 9 and 12 a.m. I will get back to you asap.

Stay safe!

NH

About me

I spent my student years at the University of Freiburg, where I obtained both a teaching qualification in secondary education (Staatsexamen for English, Spanish and French) and an M.A. in English and Romance Philology (Magister). Following my studies, I worked as a linguistic consultant for several years. After completing my dissertation in 2010, I joined the Department of Anglophone Studies at Duisburg-Essen. As 'Studienrätin', my main focus is on teaching and supporting students throughout their studies.

Full CV available here.

Research Interests

  • Language variation (macro and micro level)
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Language and identity

My passions

pronouns, morphology, syntax, dialects, the language system no matter which framework

Teaching

Seminars Summer 2020

  • Morphology and Syntax (online; Ling2, C, C/E, III)
  • Language Variation: From Dialectology to Sociolinguistics (online; Mod. Ling3, G, Ga, VIII)
  • Conversation Analysis (online; Mod. I, Ka, Kb)

Seminars, undergraduate

  • Introduction to linguistics, seminar (WS 2010, WS 2011, WS 2012)
  • Introduction to linguistics, course accompanying the lecture ('Grundkurs'; regularly)
  • Word formation (WS 2010)
  • Pragmatics (SS 2013)
  • Conversation Analysis (WS 2013, WS 2014, SS 2016, WS 2016, WS 2018)
  • Schools of linguistics (SS 2011)
  • English dialects (SS 2011)
  • Language variation and change (SS 2012)
  • Languages around the world (SS 2012)
  • English from a typological perspective (SS 2014)
  • Morphological and syntactic features of English(es) (SS 2015, SS 2016, SS 2019)
  • Introduction to Contrastive Linguistics: English and German (WS 2015)

Seminars, BA advanced and MA

  • Investigating real language (SS 2011)
  • Language in the new media (WS 2011)
  • City talk: Studies in urban dialectology (SS 2012)
  • Classical texts of linguistics (WS 2012)
  • Bilingualism (WS 2012, WS 2013)
  • Linguistic Typology (SS 2013)
  • Computer-mediated communication: the sociotechnical dimensions of digital talk (SS 2014, WS 2015, SS 2016)
  • Syntax (WS 2014)
  • Introduction to Dialectology (SS 2016, WS 2016)
  • Contrasting Languages: The Structures of English and German (WS 2016)
  • Corpus Linguistics (WS 2016)
  • Language Variation: Introduction to Dialectology and Sociolinguistics (WS 2018, SS 2019, WS 2019/20)
  • Speech communities: Dimensions of Variation in Language (WS 2019/20)

Lectures

  • "Introduction to Linguistics" (regularly)
  • Lecture Series "Mehrsprachigkeit": session on "Codeswitching als sprachlicher Ausdruck soziokultureller Identität: Theoretische Hintergründe und Datenanalyse" (WS 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Lecture Series "Going Abroad": session on "Pragmatic Competence" (SS 2015)

Other

  • Term paper workshops ("How to write your first academic paper") (SS 2013)

Examinations

Modulprüfungen, oral and written
BA theses, MA theses (selected candidates)

WS = Wintersemester = winter term
SS = Sommersemester = summer term

Publications

in progress: Linguistic manifestations of self in social media (habilitation thesis)
in progress: DMC - Digital Media Corpus
in progress, "Writing 'The Voice of Germany': The role of English in a German facebook community"

2018. Birte Bös, Sonja Kleinke, Sandra Mollin and Nuria Hernández (eds). The Discursive Construction of Identities On- and Offline: Personal - Group - Collective. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 78.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2018. Sonja Kleinke, Nuria Hernández and Birte Bös. "Introduction: Identity construction in complex discourse contexts." In: The Discursive Construction of Identities On- and Offline: Personal - Group - Collective. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 78.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-12.

2016. "Bilingual encounters online: Constructing a common linguistic code in German-English WhatsApp." Christoph Ehland, Ilka Mindt and Merle Tönnies (eds.), Proceedings of the German Association of University Teachers of English, Anglistentag 2015, Paderborn. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. 253-266.

2015. "Free self-forms in discourse-pragmatic functions: The role of viewpoint and contrast in picture NPs". In: Sandrine Sorlin and Laure Gardelle (eds), The Pragmatics of Personal Pronouns. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 45-67.

2013. “New media, new challenges: Exploring the frontiers of corpus linguistics in the linguistics curriculum.” Research in Corpus Linguistics 1, Special issue “The use of corpora for language teaching and learning”. 17-31. PDF

2012. Personal Pronouns in the Dialects of England: A Corpus Study of Grammatical Variation in Spontaneous Speech. http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/8431 (doctoral dissertation; print on demand)

2011. Nuria Hernández, Daniela Kolbe and Monika Schulz (eds.). A Comparative Grammar of British English Dialects II: Modals, Pronouns, and Complement Clauses. Topics in English Linguistics 50.2. Berlin/ New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

2011. “Pronouns.” In: Hernández/ Kolbe/ Schulz (eds.), A Comparative Grammar of British English Dialects II: Modals, Pronouns, and Complement Clauses, Topics in English Linguistics 50.2, Berlin/ New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 53–191.

2008. Entry for the FRED corpus in the Corpus Resource Database of Helsinki University, http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/CoRD/corpora/FRED.

2007, with Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Manual of Information to Accompany the Freiburg Corpus of English Dialects Sampler FRED-S. Available online at http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/2859.

2006.  User’s Guide to FRED: Freiburg Corpus of English Dialects. Available online at http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/2489.

2002. “A Context Hierarchy of Untriggered Self-Forms in English.” In: Ekkehard König and Volker Gast (eds.), ZAA Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture. Special issue 3/2002: Reflexives and Intensifiers: The Use of Self-forms in English, 269–284.

Talks

2015. "Bilingual encounters in a digital mode: Constructing common linguistic codes in German-English WhatsApp." ADDA 1: First International Conference on Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis, Valencia, November 2015.

2015. "Bilingual encounters online: Constructing a common linguistic code in German-English WhatsApp." Anglistentag 2015, Paderborn, September 23-25.

2015. "Approaches to Linguistic Identity." Opening talk for the Second International Symposium on “The Linguistic Construction of Personal and Group Identity – Structure, Pragmatics, Cognition,” Essen, June 18-20.

2014. "A corpus approach to online identities: Exploring we-codes in WhatsApp." CILC6: 6th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, May 22-24.

2013. "Group identity in digital space: Constructing a common sibling code in bilingual text messages." International Linguistics Symposium “The Linguistic Construction of Personal and Group Identity – Structure, Pragmatics, Cognition”, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, September 26-28.

2012. “New media, new challenges: Exploring the frontiers of corpus linguistics in the linguistics curriculum.” CILC 2012: 4th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics, University of Jaén, March 23.

2009. “Pronouns in Speech – a corpus-driven approach to non-standard uses in the dialects of England.” Guest lecture, Technische Universität Chemnitz, October 17.

2008. "Pronouns in spoken English – an example of dialectological research based on FRED." Poster presentation, First Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE), Freiburg im Breisgau, October 8-11.

2006, with Lluisa Astruc. “Independent prosodic phrasing of peripheral constructions: a phonological universal?” Societas Linguistica Europaea, 39th annual meeting. Bremen, September 1.

2006. “Dialect corpora and orthographic dialect transcriptions – methodological considerations.” British Association of Applied Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics SIG Seminar, Milton Keynes, April 28.

Infos for students

Linguistics links

Linguistics Style Sheet https://www.uni-due.de/anglistik/linguistics/academicpapers_and_exams.shtml

Visit our linguistics website at http://www.uni-due.de/ELE/

Check out our dictionary of linguistics at http://www.uni-due.de/ELE/PDF_Dictionary.htm

Read more about the history of English at http://www.uni-due.de/SHE/

Read more about varieties of English at http://www.uni-due.de/SVE/

Linguistik-Server Essen

Looking for a tandem partner?

www.awali.de

Term papers

Please hand in 1) printed copy in loose leaf binder with transparent front cover, and 2) MSWord document (.doc/.docx)

For papers in English Linguistics, stick to our "Linguistics Style Sheet" on

https://www.uni-due.de/anglistik/linguistics/academicpapers_and_exams.shtml

5 golden rules:

Start working on your paper in due time to meet the official deadline.

Choose a feasible topic: interesting, but not too wide for the size of paper you are writing. Agree on the topic with your lecturer before you start writing.

Don't just reproduce the literature. A good paper is an innovative paper. It should reflect your own opinions and ideas, formulated in academic style.

For papers in English linguistics, use our Linguistics Style Sheet ('Academic Papers and Exams' on the left); for papers in other sections of the department you will get different style sheets.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I am there to support you all the way through the writing process.

Tips for reading research papers: How to read research papers

Practise your formatting skills:
Nitpicker Exercise

Nitpicker Exercise Solutions

Dictionaries of linguistics (available at the university library)

Hadumod Bußmann. 2006. Routledge dictionary of language and linguistics. London: Routledge.

                             (also available in German as Lexikon der Sprachwissenschaft)

David Crystal. 2008.6 A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Peter Matthews. 2007.2 The concise Oxford dictionary of linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jack Richards, John Platt and Heidi Weber. 1985. Longman dictionary of applied linguistics. Harlow: Longman.

... many more to be found in the university library ...

A good online source is: http://www.sil.org/linguistics/GlossaryOflinguisticTerms/

Books on academic writing (available at the university library)

Murray, Neil. 2012. Writing Essays in English Language and Linguistics. Principles, Tips and Strategies for

    Undergraduates. Cambridge University Press. (ordered, should be in university library soon)

Bailey, Stephen. 2006. Academic writing: a handbook for international students. London: Routledge.

Gibaldi, Joseph (ed.). 20107. MLA handbook for writers of research papers. New York: Modern Language                

    Association of America.

Swales, John. 2007. Academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills. University of Michigan

Walter, Krämer. 2009. Wie schreibe ich eine Seminar- oder Examensarbeit? Frankfurt: Campus-Verlag.

Templates

Click here for a project report template which you can copy and edit if you wish (OpenOffice document).

Click here for a protocol template.

Useful documents and links

Grammar, punctuation and style (University of Houston-Victoria, Texas)

Subject-Verb Agreement (University of Houston-Victoria, Texas)

Where to practice your English language skills in Essen and Duisburg

Deutsch-Amerikanischer Freundeskreis Niederrhein (www.daf-niederrhein.de)

Donnerstag-Stammtisch every last Thursday of the month (except in December) 7 pm at the Cafe Museum Duisburg, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Str. 64

NEW: Since July 2011 additional "English Evenings" every Thursday between the Stammtisch dates at the Language Learning Center Duisburg

Conversation Club Essen (http://www.conversationclub.gmxhome.de/)

Meets every Wednesday from 6 - 9 pm, Kopernikusstr. 8, 45143 Essen (Altendorf)