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Professor Christiane M. Bongartz

My research covers a range of theoretical and applied issues in the acquisition of English in various contexts (L1, 2L1, L2). I am particularly interested in the interaction of language-internal factors with acquisitional context(s) and factors that motivate route and outcome of acquisition (such as age, cognition, and literacy). In addition, I look at how acquisition is embedded in societal contexts. Multilingualism, language contact, communities of practice, and the spread of English are all facets of a general effort at understanding the dynamics of unfolding language use (Cyprus English, Returnee English(es)/Jamaica, English in South Africa).

Curriculum Vitae

2004 until presentProfessor of Linguistics
2011 - 2017Director of the Language Laboratory of the School of Arts and Humanities
2015 - 2017Member of the University Senate
2012 - 2015Director of Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)
2007 - 2011Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
1999 - 2004Assistant Professor of English (tenure track), University of North Carolina at Charlotte
1998Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), English Language and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison (awarded distinction)