Department of Anglophone Studies
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen

Office:  R12 S04 H81
Phone: +49 201 183 3512
Office Hour: see list of office hours

Curriculum Vitae

Johanna Mechler studied English and Biology at Leipzig University, Germany, from which she obtained her First State Examinations (teaching degree for secondary schools) and MA in Anglophone Studies in 2018. In her graduation thesis she focused on language variation and change, mainly investigating the (in)stability of (ing) across the lifespan of six individuals from the Tyneside area. She then proceeded with her “Referendariat” (18 months teaching practice), receiving her Second State Examinations in 2019.

In 2020, Johanna joined the Sociolinguistics Lab at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where she is currently working as a research assistant and lecturer as well as pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Isabelle Buchstaller (University Duisburg-Essen).

Research Interests

  • Language change across the lifespan
  • Methods in panel research
  • Language perception
  • Northern English dialects
  • Insular varieties


Buchstaller, Isabelle, Anne Lerche and Johanna Mechler. To appear. “Exploring heuristics for conceptualising change across the life-span”. In Karen Beaman and Isabelle Buchstaller (eds.), Panel Studies in Language Variation and Change II. Routledge.

Mechler, Johanna and Isabelle Buchstaller. 2019. [In]stability in the use of a stable variable. Linguistic Vanguard.

Conference Contributions and Talks

 “New avenues in panel research 4. Exploring the effect of linguistic architecture and heuristic method in panel analysis”. Thematic panel presentation at Sociolinguistics Symposium 23, University of Hong Kong, postponed due to Corona pandemic.

“Exploring the effect of linguistic architecture and heuristic method in panel analysis”. Special session on panel research at Methods XVII, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, postponed due to Corona pandemic.

 “Age-graded patterns in the realisation of (ing): Expanding the window of analysis into middle and old age”. Paper presented at UKLVC 12, Queen Mary University of London, September 2019.

“Age grading across 42 years of panel data from the North East of England”. Paper presented at CLARe 4 Conference, University of Helsinki, February 2019.

“[In]stability in the use of a stable variable”. Paper presented at NEW8 Conference, Newcastle University, March 2018.


Current Seminars

  • PS Areas and Approaches I (Approaches to Phonetics and Phonology) (SoSe 2020)