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Mission & Vision

At BAEL, we focus on language use in social contexts and the underlying cognitive processes involved. We work with naturally occurring text and talk as well as with experimental data.

Furthermore, we believe that students must be involved in this work and empowered to do research right from the start. After all, what is research but learning, that is, finding out about life?

Resources for students

The BAEL guidelines for term papers and theses in linguistics have been updated. Please click here to download the new guidelines.

Please click here for the internship report guidelines for M.A. students.

Research projects at BAEL

Please click the following link for further information about our current research projects.

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M.A. Applied Linguistics

The deadline to apply for the 2017/2018 winter term has passed. The next opportunity to apply will be for the 2018/2019 winter term; the application period will open in spring 2018. For more information about the application process, see the link below or contact our MA mentors via email at mentor-appliedlinguistics[at]

Information on the program

Research and Technology Workshop

Our annual Research Technology & Software Workshop, offered as part of our MA Applied Linguistics program, took place this past weekend. The participants learned about the advantages and drawbacks of 6 programs that can help with transcription, keylogging, qualitative data analysis, audiovisual recording and editing, and more. They were then given the chance to test these programs in a hands-on environment under the direction of Dr. Stefanie Pohle and 11 student experts.

New insights into (socio)linguistic aspects of African Englishes

Susanne Mohr has published two new articles: "Plural nouns in Tswana English" in World Englishes (early view) and, together with Dunlop Ochieng from the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the Open University of Tanzania, "Language usage in everyday life and in education: current attitudes towards English in Tanzania" in English Today. The former article is concerned with non-standard plurals as found in the Tswana-component of the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE). The latter paper is part of a collaborative project on contemporary language attitudes against the backdrop of the Education and Training Policy (Sera ya Elimu na Mafunzo) introduced in Tanzania in 2014.

BAEL at IprA in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IprA) will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland from July 16th-21st with two contributions from BAEL. Prof. Dr. Klaus P. Schneider will give a talk on "Re-thinking pragmatic variation: The case of service encounters from a modified variational pragmatics perspective." Friederike Sell, Katrin Renkwitz and Klaus P. Schneider will present their findings on "Using the functional and lexical levels of requests to measure pragmatic competence: The case of German school students in Canada." Click here to learn more about the conference.

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