Profile Prof. Dr. Miriam A. Locher

Miriam Locher

Miriam A. Locher started her position as Professor of the Linguistics of English at the University of Basel in 2008. She teaches in the BA English, MA English and the MA Language and Communication and is a member of the eucor Hermann-Paul School of Linguistics for PhD students.

Her research is on interpersonal pragmatics, linguistic politeness, relational work, the exercise of power, disagreements, advice-giving (in health contexts), the pragmatics of fiction and computer-mediated communication.

She supervised the research project Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives (SNF 2009–2012) and Language and Health Online (SNF 2012–2016), and worked on a project on Relational work in Facebook (UniBas 2008-2014). Currently, she is working on a project on Pragmatics of Fiction: Lay subtitling and online communal viewing (UniBas 2019-current).

Her publications comprise monographs, edited collections and special issues as well as a numerous articles in journals and collections. Her collaborators are Jo Angouri (Warwick), Brook Bolander (Hong Kong), Derek Bousfield (Manchester), Sage L. Graham (Memphis), Daria Dayter (Tampere), Franziska Gygax (Basel), Andreas H. Jucker (Zurich), Daniela Landert (Heidelberg), Andreas Langlotz (Basel), Holger Limberg (Flensburg), Martin Luginbühl (Basel), Thomas C. Messerli (Basel), Barbara Pizziconi (SOAS), M.-T. Rudolf von Rohr (Basel, FHNW), Stefanie Schnurr (Warwick), Jürg Strässler (Zurich), Maria Sidiropoulou (Athens) and Franziska Thurnherr (Basel). She is active in giving talks at conferences and workshops.

She administers the SWELL (Swiss Works in English Language and Linguistics) mailing list and website, which is used for the networking of all Swiss doctoral and habilitation researchers. 


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University of Basel, Department of Languages and Literatures
Englisches Seminar, Office 27b, Nadelberg 6, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 61 207 27 83

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