Porträtfoto zeigt Michael Wentker
Michael Wentker, M.A.


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

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

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Term Papers (WiSe 2019/20)

Deadline: 31 March 2020.

  • Please hand in a printed version and an electronic version of your paper.
  • The printed version can be submitted in my office or Evelyn Ehlert's office (R12 R04 A15). Alternatively, you can use the mailbox (R12 V03 D-corridor) or send the paper via mail (but make sure to meet the deadline!).
  • You can send the electronic version of your paper to michael.wentker@uni-due.de
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Curriculum Vitae

Michael Wentker studied English Linguistics and Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), from which he graduated with a 2-Fach-Master of Arts degree in 2017.

His master’s thesis is titled "Metapragmatic Negotiations on Facebook – Evidence from Online Discussions in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign". It investigates the forms and functions of metapragmatic utterances from an interpersonal pragmatics perspective. In particular, the study analyses how in- and outgroup identities as well as intergroup impoliteness are constructed and negotiated metapragmatically in a semi-public online environment. His thesis was honoured as the best MA thesis in the academic year 2016/17 by the Faculty of Humanities in Essen.

During his time as a student, Michael repeatedly received the UDE-scholarship for highly talented students. Furthermore, he worked as a student assistant in the Department of Anglophone Studies, the Department of Dutch Language and Culture, as well as in an interdisciplinary research project investigating the manifestation of visual multilingualism in the Ruhr area.

Michael is currently working as a lecturer and research assistant at the chair of English Linguistics at the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, while pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr Birte Bös. The working title is: “An Audience Perspective on Multimodal Consumer Reviews – Metapragmatic Negotiations of Norms, Identities and Authenticity Online”.

Research Interests

  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Interpersonal Pragmatics
  • Language and Identity
  • (Political) Discourse Analysis



Current Courses:

  • PS Areas and Approaches II (Morphology and Syntax) (SS 2020)

Past Courses:

  • PS Morphological and Syntactic Features of English(es) (SS 2017)
  • ÜB Introduction to Linguistics (Gr. 8 + 9 + 11) (WS 2017)
  • PS The Pragmatics of Online Interaction (SS 2018)
  • ÜB Introduction to Linguistics (Gr. 8 + 9) (WS 2018)
  • HS The British Rock Invasion of the 1960s (WS 2018)
  • Constructing Identity in Interaction (SS 2019) [MA class taught at Fort Hays State University, KS, USA]
  • ÜB Introduction to Linguistics (Gr. 2 + 3) (WS 2019)

Upcoming Courses:

  • ÜB Introduction to Linguistics (WS 2020)

Publications & Talks


  • Wentker, Michael (with Ute K. Boonen and Derya Gür-Şeker). 2018. "Nomination Strategies in the Language of Right-Wing Populists. The Discursive Construction of Migrant Identity in the Political Discourse of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany". In: Massimiliano Demata, Ljiljana Šaric, Andreja Vezovnik (eds), I-LanD Journal 1/2018 (Discursive Constructions of Migrants. Verbal and Visual Images of the "Other"), 102-126. [DOI: 10.26379/IL2018001_006]
  • Wentker, Michael. 2018. "Code-Switching and Identity Construction in WhatsApp: Evidence from a (Digital) Community of Practice". In: Birte Bös, Sonja Kleinke, Nuria Hernández, Sandra Mollin (eds), The Discursive Construction of Identities On- and Offline. Personal – Group – Collective, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 109-132.


  • van der Weel, Heleen. 2017. "Stadtmusikanten auf hohem Niveau. Die Glockenspielkultur in den Niederlanden von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart." [Translated from Dutch into German by Michael Wentker]. In: Jörg Engelbrecht †, Simone Frank, Ralf-Peter Fuchs & Christian Krumm (eds), Rhein-Maas Studien zur Geschichte, Sprache und Kultur. Vol. 7 (2017): Vom Minnesang zur Popkultur. Hamburg: tredition, 31–51.

Conference Contributions

  • 2019. (with Carolin Schneider) "'Things our Latina moms say' – The Dynamics of Code-Switching and Identity Construction in Discursive Practices on YouTube", 2nd International Conference on Bilingualism, University of Malta, 25-27 March 2019. [Talk]
  • 2018. "The Significance of Authenticity in a Multimodal Online Genre – A Metapragmatic Analysis of Youtube Consumer Reviews", 6th Conference on Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and Social Media Corpora, University of Antwerp, 17-18 September 2018. [Poster Presentation]
  • 2015. "Code-switching and Group Identity in an Electronic Community of Practice - A Sociolinguistic Analysis of a WhatsApp Group Conversation between German University Students", Second International Symposium on “The Linguistic Construction of Personal and Group Identity – Structure, Pragmatics, Cognition”, University of Duisburg-Essen, 18-20 June 2015. [Talk]