Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprachwissenschaft


    Prof. Dr. Carolin BIEWER

    Chair of English Linguistics 

    Article about Prof. Biewer in einBlick (26.04.2016)
    Article about Prof. Biewer in einBlick (14.11.2017)


    Office Phone and Email

    Room: 5.E.22
    Phone: +49 931 31-80224
    Email: carolin.biewer@uni-wuerzburg.de

    Office hours during the winter semester 2022/23

    I'm available for personal consultations on Wednesday mornings between 10:30am and 12pm from 26 October. Please contact me a week in advance under carolin.biewer@uni-wuerzburg.de to make an appointment.


    Articles about Prof. Biewer's South Pacific research

    English: Useful to us, or a threat? Cook Islands NEWS. September 04, 2017.
    Mama holds onto her language. Cook Islands NEWS. September 25, 2017.
    Merzigerin erforscht Englisch im SüdpazifikSaarbrücker Zeitung. September 29, 2017.
    Entsteht hier ein neues Englisch? FAZ. October 20, 2018.

    Articles about Prof. Biewer's megacity research

    Ein neuer Schwerpunkt in der Englischen Sprachwissenschaft. April 20, 2021.

    Research Interests

    World Englishes: from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective;
    Area studies: English in Australasia, the South Pacific and East Asia;
    New Englishes: the dynamics and evolution of second-language varieties of English;
    Sociolinguistics: language and ethnicity, language and identity, socio-political and sociocultural motivations of language use, grammar and culture;
    Methodology: ethnographic field research, corpus linguistics, statistics for linguists;
    Features: lexis, morphology, morphosyntax, features of discourse;
    Contrastive linguistics: German – English – Māori – Cook Islands Māori – Fijian;
    Corpus stylistics: Shakespeare, Austen, Victorian novels, modern novels, business

    Current Research

    South Pacific Englishes: Structures, their functions, their social implications;
    South Pacific Englishes 10 years on: Language variation and change in Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands from 2007 to 2017;
    English in Australasia and the South Pacific: grammar and culture;
    Tracing identity (re)constructions in immigrant communities: Pacific Islanders in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand;
    From English in Hong Kong to Hong Kong English: A diachronic perspective on the emergence of a post-colonial variety in its socio-political context;
    Megacities: linguistics meets geography in a comparative approach towards the study of language and space in megacities;
    The influence of social factors on adjective comparison in Late Modern English;
    Virginia Woolf’s stream of consciousness from a linguistic perspective;
    Indefinite pronouns in Elizabeth Gaskell's novels;

    University of Heidelberg

    1999        Diploma in Mathematics with Philosophy as a minor 
    2000        Teacher’s Degree (1. Staatsexamen) in English and Mathematics 
    2005        PhD in English Linguistics and Literary Studies

    University of Zurich

    2013        Habilitation in English Linguistics, Venia Legendi for English Philology

    WS 12/13- SS13        Vertretungsprofessorin (W2) at the University of Giessen
    WS 13/14- SS14        Privatdozentin at the University of Zurich
    WS 14/15- SS15        Vertretungsprofessorin (W3) at the University of Bonn

    2016 ESSE Book Award, category English language and linguistics

    2016 Habilitationspreis des Deutschen Anglistenverbandes

    University of Heidelberg (2004-2008)


    Morphological Typology
    Shakespeare's English
    Early Modern English
    New Zealand English
    Middle English
    Corpus Linguistics
    Exploring English Syntax
    Languages of New Zealand
    English in the South Pacific
    English Lexicology
    English in the 19th and 20th Century

    University of Zurich (2008-2012) (2013-2014)


    English in the Pacific and Australasia
    Varieties of English as a Second Language
    Introduction to Linguistics I; Introduction to Linguistics II
    Corpus-Based Language Studies; English in Modern Times (1700-2000)


    Statistics for Linguists (with Dr. Gerold Schneider)
    New Englishes
    English in New Zealand and the South Pacific

    University of Giessen (2012-2013)


    English Grammar
    English Lexicology
    Languages of New Zealand
    English in the Pacific and Australasia
    Late Modern English
    English in Hong Kong


    New Englishes
    Language and Society

    University of Bonn (2014-2015)


    English Words: Structure, History and Usage
    Corpus Linguistics
    Contrastive Linguistics


    English Grammar: System and Variation

    University of Würzburg (2015- )


    Languages of New Zealand
    Corpus Linguistics
    Special Research Topics in Linguistics
    English in Hong Kong
    Shakespeare's English
    Middle English
    Reading and Translating Medival Texts
    Contrastive Linguistics
    English in the South Pacific and Australasia
    Linguistics for Future Teachers of English
    Corpora and Discourse
    Research Projects in Urban Linguistics


    An Introduction to English Linguistics
    New Englishes
    Language and Society
    English in New Zealand and the South Pacific
    A History of English (with Dr. Patrick Maiwald, Dr. Ninja Schulz)
    World Englishes


    Biewer, Carolin 2006. Die Sprache der Liebe in Shakespeares Komödien – eine Semantik und Pragmatik der Leidenschaft. Heidelberg: Carl Winter.

    Biewer, Carolin 2015. South Pacific Englishes. A Sociolinguistic and Morphosyntactic Profile of Fiji English, Samoan English and Cook Islands English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [winner of the ESSE Book Award 2016, category English language and linguistics; winner of the Habilitationspreis des Deutschen Anglistenverbandes]

    Co-edited books

    Biewer, Carolin 2007 [with Marianne Hundt, Nadja Nesselhauf] (eds.). Corpus Linguistics and the Web. Amsterdam: Rodopi.


    Biewer, Carolin 2007 [with Marianne Hundt]. "The dynamics of inner and outer circle varieties in the Pacific." In: Marianne Hundt, Nadja Nesselhauf & Carolin Biewer (eds.). Corpus Linguistics and the Web. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 249-269. 

    Biewer, Carolin 2007. "South Pacific Englishes – the influence of New Zealand English and the Oceanic substrate languages." New Zealand English Journal 21: 58-63.

    Biewer, Carolin 2007. "The semantics of passion in Shakespeare's comedies – an interdisciplinary study." English Studies 88 (5): 506-521.

    Biewer, Carolin 2008. "South Pacific Englishes – unity and diversity in the usage of the present perfect." In: Terttu Nevalainen et al. (eds.). Dynamics of Linguistic Variation: Corpus Evidence on English Past and Present. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 203-219.

    Biewer, Carolin 2008. "Concord patterns in South Pacific Englishes – the influence of New
    Zealand English and the local substrate." In: Klaus Stierstorfer (ed.). Anglistentag 2007 Münster, Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 331-343.

    Biewer, Carolin 2009. "Dietetics as a key to language and character in Shakespeare’s comedy." English Studies 90 (1): 17-33.

    Biewer, Carolin 2009. "Passive constructions in Fiji English – a corpus-based study." In: Andreas H. Jucker, Daniel Schreier & Marianne Hundt (eds.). Corpora: Pragmatics and Discourse. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 361-377.

    Biewer, Carolin 2009. "The semantics of passion in Shakespeare's comedies." Shakespearean Criticism vol. 122, edited by Michelle Lee. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 199-208 (reprint).

    Biewer, Carolin 2009. "Modals and semi-modals of obligation and necessity in South Pacific Englishes." Anglistik 20 (2): 41-55.

    Biewer, Carolin 2010 [with Marianne Hundt & Lena Zipp]. "'How' a Fiji corpus? Challenges in the compilation of an ESL ICE component." Icame Journal 34: 5-23.

    Biewer, Carolin 2011. "Modal auxiliaries in second-language varieties of English: a learner’s perspective." In: Joybrato Mukherjee & Marianne Hundt (eds.). Exploring Second-Language Varieties of English and Learner Englishes: Bridging a Paradigm Gap. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 7-33.

    Biewer, Carolin 2012 [with Dagmar Deuber, Stephanie Hackert & Michaela Hilbert]. "Will and would in selected New Englishes: general vs. variety-specific tendencies." In: Marianne Hundt & Ulrike Gut (eds.). Mapping Unity and Diversity World-Wide: Corpus-based Studies of New Englishes. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 77-102.

    Biewer, Carolin 2012. "Acrolectal English in the South Pacific: emerging standards?" In: Raymond Hickey (ed.). Standards of English. Codified Varieties around the World. Cambridge: CUP, 336-353.

    Biewer Carolin 2013 [with Stephanie Hackert, Dagmar Deuber & Michaela Hilbert]. "Modals of possibility, ability and permission in selected Englishes". eVarieng 13. <http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/series/volumes/13/hackert_deuber_biewer_hilbert/>.

    Biewer, Carolin 2020 [with Kate Burridge]. "World Englishes old and new: English in Australasia and the South Pacific". In: Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt & Edgar Schneider (eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes. Cambridge: CUP, 282-308.

    Biewer, Carolin [with Lisa Lehnen & Ninja Schulz] 2020. "'The future elected government should fully represent the interests of Hongkong people' – Diachronic change in the use of modalising expressions in Hong Kong English between 1928 and 2018." In: Pascal Hohaus & Rainer Schulze (eds.). Re-Assessing Modal Expressions – Categories, Co-text, and Context. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 311-341.

    Biewer, Carolin [with Ninja Schulz & Lisa Lehnen] 2020. "Hongkongites, Hong Kongers, Hong Kong Belongers? Tracing identity (re)constructions in news discourse in Hong Kong from 1903 to 1999." English World-Wide, 41(3), 295-324.

    Biewer, Carolin 2020. "Samoan English: An emerging variety in the South Pacific." World Englishes 2020: 1-21.

    Biewer, Carolin [with Kate Burridge] fc. 2021. "Where grammar meets culture: Pronominal systems in Australasia and the South Pacific revisited." To appear in: Pam Peters & Kate Burridge (eds.). Exploring the Ecology of World Englishes in the Twenty-First Century: Language, Society and Culture. Edinburgh: EUP.

    Biewer, Carolin [with Lisa Lehnen, Elena Dieser & Ninja Schulz] in preparation. "Language use in the peripheries and centres of megacities: Comparing Hong Kong and Moscow."

    Biewer, Carolin in preparation. "Language attitudes and language use in Fiji the Fijian community today."