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


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

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

No office hours on campus currently.
Office hours take place online here:  ZOOM , no pw required.
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About me

I spent my student years at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, where I obtained both a teaching qualification in secondary education (Staatsexamen for English, Spanish and French) and a Magister Artium degree in English and Romance Philology. Following my studies, I worked as a linguistic consultant in the UK for several years. After completing my dissertation in 2010, under the supervision of Prof. Bernd Kortmann and Prof. Christian Mair, I joined the Department of Anglophone Studies at Duisburg-Essen, first at the chair of Prof. Raymond Hickey, then at the chair of Prof. Birte Bös. As a full-time lecturer I am dedicated to teaching and supporting students at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programmes. I am also the module coordinator for the 'Introduction to Linguistics' module together with Dr. Lucia Siebers.

Full CV here.

Research areas

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


dialects, pronouns, morphology, syntax, framework-free/comprehensive approach to language


Winter 2021/22

  • Lecture "Introduction to Linguistics 1" (A(a), II, LING1)
  • "Introduction to Linguistics 1" tutorials (A(a), II, LING1)
  • Morphology and Syntax (C, C/E, III, LING2)
  • Language and Identity: Communities of Practice (G(a), VIII, LING3 2-BA only)


  • "Introduction to Linguistics I" (regularly)

Seminars, undergraduate

  • Introduction to linguistics, seminar (W2010, W2011, W2012)
  • Introduction to linguistics, tutorial accompanying the lecture (regularly)
  • Word formation (W2010)
  • Pragmatics (S2013)
  • Conversation Analysis (W2013, W2014, S2016, W2016, W2018, S2020)
  • Schools of linguistics (S2011)
  • English dialects (S2011)
  • Language variation and change (S2012)
  • Languages around the world (S2012)
  • English from a typological perspective (S2014)
  • Morphological and syntactic features of English(es) (S2015, S2016, S2019)
  • Morphology and Syntax (S2020, W2020, S2021)
  • Introduction to Contrastive Linguistics: English and German (W2015)

Seminars, BA advanced and MA

  • Investigating real language (S2011)
  • Language in the new media (W2011)
  • City talk: Studies in urban dialectology (S2012)
  • Classical texts of linguistics (W2012)
  • Bilingualism (W2012, W2013)
  • Linguistic Typology (S2013, S2021)
  • Computer-mediated communication: the sociotechnical dimensions of digital talk (S2014, W2015, S2016)
  • Syntax (W2014)
  • Introduction to Dialectology (S2016, W2016)
  • Contrasting Languages: The Structures of English and German (W2016)
  • Corpus Linguistics (W2016)
  • Language Variation: Introduction to Dialectology and Sociolinguistics (W2018, S2019, W2019, S2020)
  • Speech communities: Dimensions of Variation in Language (W2019, W2020)
  • Conversation Analysis (S2020, S2021)


  • Lecture Series "Mehrsprachigkeit": session on "Codeswitching als sprachlicher Ausdruck soziokultureller Identität: Theoretische Hintergründe und Datenanalyse" (W2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Lecture Series "Going Abroad": session on "Pragmatic Competence" (S2015)
  • Term paper workshops ("How to write your first academic paper") (S2013)


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

W = winter term
S  = summer term


2021. "Personal pronouns: Variation and ambiguity." In: Anatol Stefanowitsch (ed.), ZAA Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture. Special issue: Ambiguity (Non-)Avoidance in English, 237–265. publisher's website

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. university library

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. university library

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. university library

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. university library

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. Freiburg: University of Freiburg online publications. URL: 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. university library

2011. "General Introduction." In: Hernández/ Kolbe/ Schulz (eds.), 1–17. university library

2011. “Pronouns.” In: Hernández/ Kolbe/ Schulz (eds.), 53–191. university library

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. Freiburg: University of Freiburg online publications. URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/2859.

2006.  User’s Guide to FRED: Freiburg Corpus of English Dialects. Freiburg: University of Freiburg online publications. URL: 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. publisher's website


DMC - Digital Media Corpus

Linguistic manifestations of self in social media (habilitation thesis)


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

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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


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.


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)