Profile Prof. Dr. Daniela Landert
Daniela Landert is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Basel. She completed her PhD and her Habilitation in English Linguistics at the University of Zurich and joined the University of Basel in 2020 as Principal Investigator of an SNF PRIMA Grant. In her project "The Pragmatics of Fictional Dialogues in Improvised Performance" she and her team study dialogues in improvised theatre and compare them to dialogues in scripted fiction and in spontaneous conversation. More information on this five-year project can be found on the project page and on the external project website.
Her research interests include characteristics of spontaneous language production, pragmatics of fiction, historical pragmatics, corpus linguistics, stance and modality, news discourse and mass media communication. In her habilitation project, "Historical Corpus Pragmatics: Epistemic Stance in Early Modern English", she investigated how speakers and writers in the period from 1500 to 1700 expressed their attitudes concerning the certainty and reliability of the information they present. This included expressions that are still used today, such as I think, it seems and certainly, alongside expressions that are more period-specific, such as verily and forsooth, as well as expressions that rely on an interpretation in the context in which they are used. The focus of her study was on how different factors of the context in which texts were produced – such as genre and text type, the situational roles of speakers and writers, the identity of speakers and writers – affect the way in which stance is expressed.
In her PhD project, "The Personalisation of Mass Media Communication: British Online News Between Public and Private", she studied five British Online News Sites and analysed the different types of strategies they use in order to present news as something personal. She developed a model that integrates and differentiates between dimensions of the personalisation of news, such as technical aspects of the communicative setting (e.g. the options for readers to comment on news and to interact with journalists), the level of content (e.g. the selection of news topics and the perspective from which they are presented) and linguistic strategies (e.g. the use of direct speech and first and second person pronouns).
Her research has been published in the form of a research monograph and various articles in journals, edited volumes and handbooks. She has presented her work at numerous international conferences and she has participated in the organisation of several such conferences, including the ICEHL-17, the ISLE-3 and the HEL-LEX5.
Before joining the University of Basel, Daniela Landert worked as Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the English Department of the University of Zurich. She studied English Language and Literature, Computational Linguistics, and History at the University of Zurich and at the Humboldt University in Berlin, graduating in 2008. In 2012, she received her PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Zurich. She spent six months as a Research Fellow at Lancaster University, UK and another six months at the Research Unit for the Study of Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) at the University of Helsinki in Finland. In 2021, she completed her Habilitation in English Linguistics at the University of Zurich.