Dr. Lucia Siebers


Dr. Lucia Siebers
Department of Anglophone Studies
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen

Phone: +49 201 183 3460
Office: R12 S04 H94
E-mail: lucia.siebers@uni-due.de

Research interests

  • (Historical) Sociolinguistics
  • Varieties of English (esp. Earlier African American English and Black South African English)
  • Language variation and change
  • Morphosyntax
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Digital Humanities


Work on post-doctoral thesis "You must excews my Bad writen". A linguistic analysis of early African American letters

2007   PhD in English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a thesis on "Morphosyntax in Black South African English: A sociolinguistic analysis of Xhosa English"

2000   First State Exam, German teacher training qualification in English, History and Educational Science, University of Essen


since April 2020  Senior Lecturer in English linguistics (Studienrätin im Hochschuldienst), Department of Anglophone Studies
2019-2020 Stand-in Professor for Varieties of English, Department of British Studies, University of Leipzig

Assistant Professor (Akademische Rätin a.Z.) in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg

2015-2016 Stand-in Professor for Present-day English Linguistics, University of Potsdam
2014-2015 parental leave
2011-2012 parental leave
2007-2010 Principal investigator and coordinator of the DFG-funded project "African American letters from the nineteenth century", (project director: Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider), University of Regensburg
2006-2010  Lecturer in English Linguistics, University of Regensburg
2002-2006 Research assistant and part-time lecturer in English Linguistics, University of Duisburg-Essen
2001-2002 Junior Lecturer in the School of Languages at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa

Recent publications

2019. (with Sandra Jansen), eds. Processes of Change. Studies in Late Modern and Present-day English. Amsterdam: Benjamins. (Studies in Language Variation)

2019. "Earlier African American English in nineteenth-century Liberia: Processes of change in a transported dialect". In Sandra Jansen and Lucia Siebers, eds. Processes of Change. Studies in Late Modern and Present-day English. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 139-156.

2019. "’This is all answer soon’: African American vernacular letters from the eighteenth and  nineteenth centuries". In Raymond Hickey, ed. Keeping in Touch. Emigrant Letters across the English-Speaking World. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 213-237. (Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics)


Summer term 2020

  • Postcolonial varieties: English in Africa and Asia
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistics I
  • Language variation and change in North American English
  • Phonetics and Phonology