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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.

Curriculum Vitae

2004 until present Professor of English Linguistics
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)