/ Info

Early closure on 26th January

Please note that the Department of English will close at 12:00 h on Friday 26th January.

/ Research

Special issue on Language and Health appears in open access

Miriam Locher and Franziska Thurnherr have edited and published a special issue on “Language and health online: Typing yourself healthy!”

/ Studies

Exam retake: 26 and 28 February 2018

Research methodology in linguistics Documentary Arts and Ethics

Alexa, Do I Understand You?

Steve Duman writes a post for the university’s science blog ‘Sci Five’ covering ongoing research by the Cognition, Language, and Interaction with Machines Research Group regarding interaction with virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa.

/ Research, People

Pynchon on Record, Vol. 4

Christian Hänggi publishes an exhaustive list of musicians, works of music, and record labels inspired by the work of Thomas Pynchon.

/ Research, People

Miriam A. Locher publishes handbook on Pragmatics of Fiction

Published with de Gruyter Mouton, this collection was co-edited with Prof. Andreas H. Jucker from the University of Zurich and features many chapters by international and local experts.

Prof. Dr. Franziska Gygax gives her valedictory lecture performance

She is joined by her son, the actor Jonas Gygax, for an exciting lecture performance on Gertrude Stein.
Pynchon birthday cake

/ Events, People

Happy Birthday, Mr. Pynchon!

On the occasion of the American writer Thomas Pynchon's 80th birthday, Christian Hänggi organized a celebration of his work at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich.

Recent Achievements

The following list of recent achievements reflects some of the 2017 academic milestones of our staff. For achievements that date further back, please consult our annual reports

  • Daria Dayter has won a grant from Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel and will carry out her research at the Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, UK, in the spring term 2019.
  • Miriam Locher and Franziska Thurnherr have edited and published a special issue on “Language and health online: Typing yourself healthy!” which is now available in open access. This collection of papers marks the end of the SNF project Language and health online.
  • Michelle Witen has published "From Passion to Mania: Frankenstein as a Tale of Hysteria" in Nightfall: The Gothic Imagination since Frankenstein (Exhibition at Musée Rath, Geneva). Eds. Justine B. Moeckli and Merel Van Tillburg. Paris: DoPe Press, 2017. pp 372–383.
  • Michelle Witen organized a marathon viewing of the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries.
  • Michelle Witen organized the 2017 Bloomsday in honour of James Joyce's Ulysses.
  • Miriam A. Locher has published a monograph entitled Reflective Writing in Medical Practice: A Linguistic Perspective with Multilingual Matters. This work was written in connection with the SNF project “‘Life beyond writing’: Illness Narratives”.
  • Franziska Gygax published “Zu Ende erzählen: Leben und Sterben im Text.“ in Sterben/Erzählen. Hermeneutische Blätter. 2 (2016). Zürich: Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie, Universität Zürich. 25–32.
  • A. Elisabeth Reichel was awarded a mobility fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation to spend 08/2017–07/2018 as a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., on invitation of Donald E. Pease.