Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprachwissenschaft

    Guest lectures


    Thesis Talks

    Tuesday May 17, 2022 – 6-8pm c.t. (CET)

    The Department of English Linguistics proudly presents

    English Linguistics Thesis Talk

    We are thrilled to present a new format, especially (but not only) for Linguistics PhD and Master students: Two postdocs are invited at a time to give short talks about their PhD projects – this time our speakers are:

    Dr. Alena Soloshenko (University of Würzburg): The Dynamics of Emotions in Legal Discourse

    Dr. Fabio Carrella (University of Bristol): Populism and Social Media: A Study of European Populist Parties’ Language on Twitter and Facebook

    Afterwards we will be joined by Dr. Christina Domene Moreno (University of Würzburg) for a panel discussion about thesis writing and career planning strategies – everyone is invited to join the discussion and ask questions!


    Philosophiegebäude, HS 2

    Attendance online (via Zoom) also possible:


    Meeting-ID: 980 1483 9113

    Password: 636168


    Dr. Alena Soloshenko (University of Würzburg):

    The Dynamics of Emotions in Legal Discourse

    This talk presents a perspective on the interaction between language, cognition, and emotion in legal discourse. The debate on the status of emotions as opposed to logic and reason is addressed via an interdisciplinary approach employing the frameworks of cognitive linguistics and psychology. Using the example of British fiction literature with legal themes, a corpus-driven diachronic analysis examined lexicalisation and conceptualisation of the emotion keywords. This enabled to trace and categorise the patterns of emotional experiences as represented linguistically by different types of emotions (e.g. fear, surprise) and compare these in relation to legal themes over time.



    Dr. Fabio Carrella (University of Bristol):

    Populism and Social Media: A Study of European Populist Parties’ Language on Twitter and Facebook

    Crucial political events, such as the Brexit or the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, led to a proliferation of studies on populism and its nature. This talk will focus on the fortunate relationship between populists and social media, describing how the use of tools borrowed from discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and statistical analysis allowed (1) to identify the discursive themes differentiating populist from non-populist politicians, (2) to illustrate the stylistic features used by populists, and (3) to measure the effect that these features had on the popularity of the populist discourse online.

    Dr. Tobias Bernaisch

    The Department of English Linguistics cordially invites you to a workshop with

    Dr. Tobias Bernaisch (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) on

    Random Forests in R: A Practical Introduction

    Friday May 20, 2022 – 9:00-12:00

    (consultation – 13:00-14:00)

    Zentr. Hörsaal- und Seminargebäude 2.012

    To account for linguistic variation as evident from empirical observation, random forests are a welcome statistical approach in that they are equipped to a) identify and represent (the interplay between) various factors triggering the linguistic variation observed and b) handle typical challenges that often come with linguistic observational data (e.g. many examples produced by the same speaker, uneven distributions of variables, etc.).

    In the course of this hands-on workshop, we will work with linguistic datasets to cover the fundamentals of the scripting language R and learn how to create, fine-tune, report and visualise random forests. We will also implement a recently recommended improvement on traditional random-forest modelling with the aim of making random forest models more robust and more accessible for interpretation.


    • Please bring your own laptop in order to install the necessary software package at the beginning of the workshop.
    • After the workshop (13:00-14:00) Dr. Tobias Bernaisch will be available for individual consultation – please register in advance.



    To sign up for the workshop, please write an e-mail to Dr. Tobias Bernaisch, including whether you would like to sign up for personal consultation after the workshop.


    Prof. Dr. Raymond Hickey

    June 21, 2022, 6-8pm c.t. (CET)

    In cooperation with Irish Studies Würzburg (ISWÜ) the department of English Linguistics cordially invites you to a guest lecture by

    Prof. Dr. Raymond Hickey (University of Limerick / University of Duisburg and Essen):

    Examining ‘Bad Data’: Ego Documents in the History of English

    Philosophiegebäude, HS 2


    Attendance online (via Zoom) also possible!


    Meeting-ID: 957 0764 7339

    Passwort: 281542



    English Linguistics

    Prof. Dr. Carolin Biewer



    Irish Studies Würzburg (ISWÜ)

    Prof. Dr. Ina Bergmann & Prof. Dr. Maria Eisenmann


    For the full abstract, click here.

    For a short version of the abstract, click here.

    For biographical information, click here.

    Past lectures

    Dr. Tobias Bernaisch

    The Structure of Sri Lankan English: Empirical Perspectives


    Assoc. Prof. Susanne Mohr and Katrin Renkwitz, M.A.

    Irish Sign Language (ISL)


    Prof. Dr. Magnus Huber

    The "Old Bailey Corpus" and its potential for the study of Late Modern English


    Prof. Dr. Anita Fetzer

    "The question people are asking is this" – The strategic use of references to ordinariness in political discourse


    Prof. Dr. Markus Bieswanger

    Applied Linguistics: State of the Art and Concrete Applications


    Prof. Dr. Lawrence Solan

    Corpus Linguistics as a Tool in Legal Interpretation


    Gaby Axer, M.A.

    Forensic linguistics – Opportunities and challenges


    Prof. Dr. Kate Burridge

    "Frequent coarse language" – Swearing and taboo language downunder


    Prof. Dr. Pam Peters

    An Antipodean standard – How similar are Australian and New Zealand English in their grammar and style?


    Prof. Dr. Kristin Hanson

    "To th' course of alt'ring things"
    Formal Innovation and the Meter of Shakespeare's Sonnets