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Professor Christiane M. Bongartz

I am an advocate of 'compassionate linguistics': for me, this involves efforts to move away from linguistics as a means to categorize (standard vs. non-standard, grammatical vs. non-grammatical, monolingual vs. bilingual) towards making use of linguistics to support a heterogeneous and inclusive society. In our research and teaching, my team members and I investigate multilingualism with respect to language development, literacy/ies, and socio-economic conditioning. Language use by soccer fans, reading development, learner biographies in Cologne schools or the high Atlas Mountains - our wide range of linguistic interests is motivated by calling into question traditional epistemes about descriptivism and separateness of languages in the individual mind.

Email: chris.bongartz@uni-koeln.de

Curriculum Vitae

2004 until present Professor of English Linguistics
2021 until present a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne: Coordinator and mentor for graduate class 2 " Language, Discourse and Culture" (integrated track) with Prof. Dr. Nicolas Pethes
2011 - 2017 Director of the Language Laboratory of the School of Arts and Humanities
2015 - 2017 Member of the University Senate
2012 - 2015 Director of Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)
2007 - 2011 Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
1999 - 2004 Assistant Professor of English (tenure track), University of North Carolina at Charlotte
1998 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), English Language and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison (awarded distinction)