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Dr. Carolin Schneider


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

Room: R12 R05 B34
Phone: +49 201 183-2341
E-mail: carolin.schneider@uni-due.de

Functions: Modul Coordinator Ling2


Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carolin-Schneider-18

LinkedIN: www.linkedin.com/in/carolinschneider-pragmatics

ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4282-1213

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Bilingual Alzheimer’s Dementia Project (BiliAD)

2018 – 2024

In the BiliAD Project, Carolin investigated the bilingual language use of people living with dementia in narrative interviews. For that she collected recorded conversations with people living with dementia and their primary care partners in Florida and analyzed form and function of code choices as well as code switches.

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Dinner Time Project

starting September 2024

The Dinner Time Project aims to investigate communicational patterns and changes over time by analyzing dinner time conversations of real conversation of care couples, that is the person living with dementia and their care partner.  The project addresses the complex challenge posed by the intersection of multilingualism and neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, in our aging society. The project will help us to better understand and meet the evolving communication needs of all affected. My goal is to create a longitudinal, multilingual Dinner Time Corpus, which I believe is crucial for achieving this aim. This study highlights the importance of social interaction and person-centered communication in dementia care, monolingual as well as multilingual discourse.

What?              -  Regular, monthly recordings during dinner time conversations in any language

Who?               - anybody can participate, any language(s), any stage of dementia

How?               - data donation of self-recordings

Interested in getting involved? Reach out! Carolin.schneider@uni-due.de

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Intersections in dementia discourse – International, interdisciplinary roundtable

2020 – ongoing

INTERSECTIONS is a quarterly digital roundtable that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue among researchers focusing on dementia. It provides a platform to share findings, discuss overlaps and contradictions, gain new perspectives, and ask interdisciplinary questions, with the goal of enhancing research in the field. Anyone supporting the idea of interdisciplinary dialogue and interested in sharing research findings and developments is welcome to participate. Learn more

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Carolin Schneider is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in the field of pragmatics at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Birte Bös at the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her research interests are digital health communication, in particular pertaining to the dementias.

Her current project "HealthCorPra" investigates a variety of online health discourses from a corpus pragmatic perspective.

Within her PhD project, known as the "Bili-AD" project, Carolin delved into the intricate world of bilingual individuals living with dementia. Her research was dedicated to understanding how these bilingual individuals, despite the challenges posed by dementia, tapped into their linguistic abilities in conversations with their primary caregivers. The depth and significance of her work were underscored by the recognition it received, with her thesis achieving the distinction of 'summa cum laude' and the reception of the Dissertation Award (Sparkassenpreis) in 2023.

Before rejoining UDE, Carolin was a lecturer in English Linguistics at the Department of Language, Literature and Communication at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She gave courses in the BA English Culture and Language, the Ma Intercultural Communication, MA Multilingualism and Language Acquisition, and MA English Education and further supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate thesis as well as internships.

From 2018-2021 Carolin was part of Prof. Dr. Isabelle Buchstaller's (University Duisburg-Essen) Sociolab team and involved in the interdisciplinary project titled "Memory and Ideology in the Linguistic Landscape." Apart from archival work and ethnographic interviews, she was responsible for the analysis of the news discourses spanning 110 years through the discourse historic approach.

Carolin studied at the University of Duisburg-Essen, from which she graduated with First State Examinations in English, Spanish and German (Teaching degree for secondary schools) in 2017. She also obtained a certificate in German as Second Language Studies (DaZ, Interkulturelle Pädagogik).

Research Interests

  • Corpus Pragmatics
  • (Digital) Health Communication
  • On- and offline Alzheimer’s Discourses
  • Bilingualism and Code-Switching
  • Language and Identity in online and offline contexts
  • (Critical) Discourse Analysis

Conferences and Symposia


2023 Workshop Organizer (with Michael Wentker and Birte Bös)
“Emotions in Digital Discourses – Textual and Multimodal Perspectives”,
ADDA4, University of Klagenfurt 12-14 October 2023.

2022 Workshop Organizer (with Sonja Kleinke, Birte Bös, and Monika Preyer),                      
“Public Health Communication: Dementia in Social Media Discourse and Digital Interaction”,
Digital Research and Human Sciences – Diversity of methods and materials, University of
Jyväskyla 1-3 December 2022.

2020 Panel Organizer (with Birte Bös),                                                                                 
“Dimensions of Dementia in Digital Discourse”,
2nd International Conference on Internet Pragmatics, University of Helsinki 22-24 October 2020.


Bös, B. & Schneider, C. (2023). ‘Staring down the devil‘ – Metaphorical negotiations of emotional experiences in a digital Community of Practice of persons living with dementia. [Paper Presentation]. ADDA4, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Schneider, C. (2023). Contextualized Laughter and Joint Construction of Humor in Dementia Interaction: A Discourse-analytic Case Study. IPra, Brussels, Belgium.

Schneider, C. & Bös, B. (2022, December 1-3). ‘You have nothing to fear because we love you’ – Expressing emotions in a digital Community of Practice of persons living with dementia. DRDHUM, Jyväskylä, Finnland.

Schneider, C. & Qalaj, B. (2022, March 9-11). ’¿Cómo te sientes? – With my butt!’ Code-choice related humor in bilingual speakers living with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type [Paper Presentation]. CLARe5, Anchorage, USA.

Bös, B. & Schneider, C. (2021, November 18-19). A diachronic perspective on referencing practices in dementia-related academic discourse [Paper Presentation]. Contested Language, Digital Symposium by the North American Network of Aging Studies (NANAS), online.

Schneider, C. (2021, August 15-20). ‘I have to be sincere, my mind is failing at times’ – Expressing memory loss in the face of Alzheimer’s Dementia [Paper Presentation], Panel: Experiencing illness and disease. Putting perceptions and emotions into language, AILA, Groningen, the Netherlands.

Schneider, C. & Bös, B. (2021, June 27- July 2). Code accommodation as a measure of inclusion for bilingual people living with DAT: A case study [Paper Presentation]. Panel: Taking actions to enhance inclusivity of persons with dementia: Pragmatics of active social inclusion, IPrA, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Schneider, C. (2021, May 15). ’Ah, ¡pues!’ – Discursive functions of interjections and interjective hesitators in bilingual Alzheimer’s discourse [Paper Presentation]. Southeastern Conference on Linguistics XXXVIII, Houston, USA.

Schneider, C. (2020, November 5-6). From care partner to dishwasher: A critical discourse analysis of online news representation concerning care for people living with Alzheimer’s in the face of Covid-19 [Paper Presentation]. Aging and Ageism in the Covid-19 Pandemic, Digital Symposium by the North American Network of Aging Studies (NANAS), online.

Bös, B. & Schneider C. (2020, October 22-24). ’Typing with dementia’ – Online Self-positioning of People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease [Paper Presentation]. Panel: Dimensions of Dementia in Digital Discourse, 2nd International Conference on Internet Pragmatics, Helsinki, Finland.

Bös, B. & Schneider C. (2019, September 22-25). ’We are all in this together’ – Balancing virtual proximity and distance in online caregiver discussions [Paper Presentation]. Annual conference of the German Association for the Study of English, Leipzig, Germany.

Schneider, C. (2019, September 19-21). ’I love your hispanic accent’ - Metalinguistic approaches to biculturalism and language variation in memes on Instagram [Paper Presentation]. AMLI, Essen, Germany.

Schneider, C. (2019, September 16-18). ‘When you are my age… what age is that?’ – Reconstruction of facts in two languages in persons living with Alzheimer’s dementia [Paper Presentation]. Poznań Linguistic Meeting, Poznań, Poland.

Schneider, C. (2019, September 16-18). “Yeah, yeah! ¡Sí, Sí!” - Competing English and Spanish interjections in bilingual people living with Alzheimer’s dementia, [Paper Presentation]. Poznań Linguistic Meeting, Poznań, Poland.

Schneider, C. (2019, May 25-28). #hispanicsbelike – Dynamics of code-switching in bilingual memes and reactions on Instagram [Paper Presentation]. ADDA2, Turku, Finland.

Schneider, C. & Bös, B. (2019, April 4). ’We are not doctors’– Identity work among caregivers in a virtual Community of Practice on Facebook [Poster Presentation]. Inaugural LabFest, Essen,Germany.

Schneider, C. & Wentker, M. (2019, March 25-27). 'Things our Latina moms say' – The Dynamics of Code-Switching and Identity Construction in Discursive Practices on YouTube [Paper Presentation]. 2nd International Conference on Bilingualism, Msida, Malta.

Bös, B. & Schneider, C. (2019, February 27 – March 1). Metapragmatic reflections on verbal interactions with Alzheimer’s Dementia patients - A social media study [Paper Presentation] CLARe4, Helsinki, Finland.


Schneider, C. & Bös, B. (2023, June 27). Bilingualism and Dementia: The Language Repertoire from a Pragmatic Perspective. Guest lecture. Cologne, Germany.

Schneider, C. (2021, September 17). Ein kritischer Blick auf die mediale Repräsentation der Isolation von Menschen mit Alzheimer während der Coronapandemie 2020 in Florida, Panel: Mediale Altersbilder und -diskurse während der Corona-Pandemie, Gemeinsame Fachtagung der Sektion III & IV der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, Siegen, Germany.

Schneider, C. (2019, October 14).’Bueno, uhm’ – Interjections as a Code-switching Practice among People living with Alzheimer’s Dementia, Werkgroep over Taal, Brussels, Belgium.

Schneider, C. (2019, June 14). Intentional vs. Involuntary: Code choice related humor in bilingual persons living with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Kolloquium zur Mehrsprachigkeitsforschung, Dortmund, Germany.


    Journal articles

  • Schneider, Carolin; Bös, Birte
    Code accommodation as a measure of inclusion for bilingual people living with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type : A Case Study
    In: Pragmatics and Society (2023) in press
  • Buchstaller, Isabelle; Schneider, Carolin; Alvanides, Seraphim
    Towards a taxonomy of arguments for and against street renaming Exploring the discursive embedding of street name changes in the Leipzig cityscape
    In: Linguistic Landscape Vol. 9 (2023) Nr. 1, pp. 5 - 35
  • Schneider, Carolin; Qalaj, Besa
    “¿Cómo te sientes? – With my butt!” : code-choice-related humor in bilingual speakers living with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type
    In: Journal of Language and Aging Research Vol. 1 (2023) Nr. 1, pp. 27 - 48
  • Wentker, Michael; Schneider, Carolin
    And She Be like ‘Tenemos Frijoles en la Casa’ : Code-Switching and Identity Construction on YouTube
    In: Languages Vol. 7 (2022) Nr. 3, 219
  • Bös, Birte; Schneider, Carolin
    Dementia Sufferer and Person Living with a Diagnosis of Dementia : Naming Practices in Academia
    In: Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 6 (2022)
  • Bös, Birte; Schneider, Carolin
    ‘Typing with dementia’ : Online self-positioning of people living with dementia
    In: Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders Vol. 12 (2022) Nr. 2, pp. 212 - 233
  • Bös, Birte; Schneider, Carolin
    "We are all in this together" : Balancing Virtual Proximity and Distance in Online Care Partner Discussions
    In: Anglistik: international journal of English studies Vol. 32 (2021) Nr. 2, pp. 85 - 109
  • Fabiszak, Małgorzata; Buchstaller, Isabelle; Brzezińska, Anna Weronika; Alvanides, Seraphim; Griese, Frauke; Schneider, Carolin
    Ideology in the linguistic landscape: Towards a quantitative approach
    In: Discourse and Society Vol. 32 (2021) Nr. 4, pp. 405 - 425
  • Prefaces/Postfaces

  • Davis, Boyd H.; Maclagan, Margaret; Pope, Charlene; Bös, Birte; Schneider, Carolin; Kleinke, Sonja
    Introduction to section on dementia
    In: Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders Vol. 12 (2021) Nr. 2, pp. 183 - 184
  • Book articles / Proceedings papers

  • Schneider, Carolin
    “¿Te hablo en ingles?” Code choice negotiation in caregiving with bilinguals who have Alzheimer’s disease
    In: Dementia caregiving east and west: issues of communication / Boyd, Davis; Maclagan, Margaret (Eds.) 2022, pp. 54 - 69
  • Buchstaller, Isabelle; Alvanides, Seraphim; Griese, Frauke; Schneider, Carolin
    Competing Ideologies, Competing Semiotics : A Critical Perspective on Politically-driven Renaming Practices in Annaberg-Buchholz, Eastern Germany
    In: Linguistic Landscapes im deutschsprachigen Kontext: Forschungsperspektiven, Methoden und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten / GAL-Kongress 2018 "Sprachen – Kommunikation – Öffentlichkeit", 11-14 September 2018, Essen / Ziegler, Evelyn; Marten, Heiko F. (Eds.) 2021
  • Thesis

  • Schneider, Carolin;
    An Ethno-Social Approach to Code Choice in Bilinguals Living with Alzheimer’s : “In English or in Spanish? I Speak Both Languages.”
    Cham (2023) 255 Seiten
  • Lectures

  • Buchstaller, Isabelle; Alvanides, Seraphim; Griese, Frauke; Schneider, Carolin;
    Investigating Ideological Street Renaming in Eastern Germany and Poland
    Sociolinguistics LabFest ; 04 April 2019, Essen,
    Essen (2019)



  • Introduction to Linguistics |2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
  • Approaches to Morphology and Syntax | 2020
  • Introduction to Pragmatics | 2023
  • Academic Speaking | 2021, 2022
  • Language Development across the Lifespan | 2022
  • Pragmatics in Neurodegenerative Disorders | 2023
  • Clinical Pragmatics: How language changes when the brain is changing | 2021
  • Beyond Spanglish - Bilingualism in the US | 2020
  • Same Same but Different – British and American English Varieties | 2018, 2019            


  • Intercultural Consultancy | 2021, 2023                                                            
  • Language Diagnostics | 2023
  • English Culture and Identity | 2021, 2022
  • As words fail?! ­­– Linguistic Perspectives on Alzheimer's Dementia | 2020                                                                                         

Guest Lectures

Schneider, C. & Bös, B. (2023, June 27). Bilingualism and Dementia: The Language Repertoire from a Pragmatic Perspective. Guest lecture. Cologne, Germany.


  • Distinguished Guest, University of Iowa, International Writers' Program, Summer 2019
  • Invited Workshop: Methods in Linguistic Research Colloquium – Introduction to MaxQDA, 2019 & 2020

Awards & Recognitions

2023, Wissenschaftspreis der Sparkasse Essen

2020, Best Emerging Scholar Paper on “Ageism in the Pandemic”, North American Network on Aging Studies

Previous Positions

2021-2023 Lecturer in English Linguistics, Utrecht University

2018-2021 Research assistant and part-time lecturer in English Linguistics, University of Duisburg-Essen

2017-2018 Stand-in Teacher at Hans-Sachs Berufskolleg (Vocational College)

2016-2017 Stand-in Teacher at GGS Breitestraße (Elementary School)