Thesis Supervision

I welcome supervision of papers in my research fields and am open to suggestions for new topics.

Please note that I will be on research leave in spring 2019. However, I am of course available for MA thesis supervision and can offer email consultation and/or skype meetings.

Registration process in FS2019: Please contact me on email and -- once I have confirmed my supervision and we have agreed on a working title --, you can can get the signature on your registration form from Andrea Wüst (office 27).




Ackermann, Evelyne


A Way to Assess EFL Writing:
Development and testing of a rating scale to assess EFL learners’ essay writing skills related to coherence and cohesion

Asensio, Nathalie 


La communication entre personnel sanitaire et patients alloglottes. Problématique de multilinguisme et stratégies afin de franchir les barrières linguistiques 

Bachmann, Isabel 


Ideological Legitimation -- Legitimizing Ideologies in George W. Bush's Speeches 

Badetscher Moescher, Jamie2017(Im)Politeness Strategies & Interactional Functions of Hillary Clinton’s Attacks: Analyzing the presidential primary debates of 2008 and 2016

Beck, Kathrin


The discursive construction of General Practitioner identities in a quality circle

Bieri, Aline


"That's something we have time for in English classes, in biology we learn biology" - A Descriptive-Comparative Study of Biology Lessons in a CLIL and Non-CLIL Context at the Gymnasium Oberwil

Brühlmann, Volha


Narrating migration: The case of expatriates in Basel 

Brugger, Ellen


Persuasion in Political Discourse. A media comparison of persuasive means in the 2012 US presidential campaigns 

Burckhardt, Ariane 


“We are not afraid of Susan Sontag.” Visual and verbal metaphors in graphic illness narratives. A comparative analysis of the visual and verbal metaphors in Cancer Vixen, Mom’s Cancer, Epileptic, Cancer Made me a Shallower Person, Our Cancer Year, Blue Pills, and Janet & ME 

Cudemo, Carmela2019The linguistic construction of trustworthy expert- identities in online medical consultations

Domenghino, Lisa


Understanding Online Celebrity Gossip: A Genre Analysis 

Dorian, Juliet2018Web mediated corporate branding - How a brand markets its self by communicating through its webpage and social media

dos Santos, Gabriela


"Excuse me, excuse me... Sprechen Sie English?" Americans and the English language in Europe, and the resulting language ideologies in cinematic discourse 

Dürr, Catherine


What is on the line? An analysis of the (relational) work invested in the negotiation of relationships in the context of a radio call-in advice show and the emergence of the advice-giver’s expert identity in 

Emmenegger, Seline


'I'm surrounded by idiots!' Verbal, non-verbal, physical and indirect aggression in Disney's animated movies for children

Grauer, Karoline


The face of humorous ghosts. A study of face aggravating behaviour as a means to create humour in romantic ghost comedies 

Green, Jennifer2019Mobile Health and Chronic Care Management: Persuasion in Chronic Illness Blogs

Häfliger, Doris


Collaboration and conflict on multi-user domains. Article editing in Wikipedia 

Hänggi, Philipp2019Dining in total darkness: A multimodal conversation-analytic approach

Hanselmann, Sandra


The collective management of garden work. A conversation analytic and ethnographic approach on meeting interaction in a community garden in Johannesburg, South Africa 

Hegi, Daniel


A comparison of the broadcasting format and the English and German language use in televised live commentaries in NFL broadcasts in the season 2016/2017

Hengartner, Cristina


What are you saying, Bitch? A study on how offensive language generates humour in the telecinematic discourse of 2 Broke Girls 

Hobi, Sabine2017“This is the best price it’ll ever be for at least one year”: An analysis of language and persuasion in infomercials
Hodzic, Amina2018Establishing Stereotypes through Accent: Creation of the Linguistic  Other’ in the Netflix Series ‚Altered Carbon'
Holéczy, Lena2018"It's Part of Me (?)" Family Language Policies in Second-generation Migrants' Bilingual Child-Rearing in Basel

Iyer-Grüninger, Evelyne


Fight for the Floor: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Types, Functions, and Effects of Overlap in the Sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

Ingletti, Maria-Concetta2011English in post-colonial India: Exploring Salman Rushdie’s view of a changing language
Johann, Andrea2009Crazy Horse or Mr. Smith? A critical discourse analysis of the representation of Native Americans as a minority group and their relation to the dominant group at the example of the discourse on land rights and issues in the U.S. press

Kanaet, Anita


Baby Signa. An Auxiliary Tool in Infants' Early Language Development 

Kiefer, Nora2018Testing a Semi-Automatic Method of Detecting Learner Errors in the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE): The Case of Query Codes as a Rule-Based Approach to Error Detection

Kopetz, Anja


Arzt-Patienten-Interaktion in der Psychiatrie. Eine konversationsanalytische Untersuchung von Frage-Antwort-Sequenzen in Arzt-Patienten-Gesprächen im stationären Rahmen  einer psychiatrischen Klinik 

Kuckovic, Dino


The Fresh Sie of life! Demonstrating Freshness in Soft Drink Advertsing. A Case Study of Coca-Cola and pepsi. 

Kurer, Felix2018Take Back Control vs. Stronger, Safer and Better Off: Keywords in the United Kingdom's EU referendum campaigns

Mathis, Nicola


Sell the Sizzle, not the Steak – Attempts of Advertisers to Emotionalize and Involve Consumers with the Application of Linguistic Strategies in Headlines in Print Advertisements 

Mayer, Laura


Mexican Americanness in U.S. drama movies: A multimodal analysis of the representation of Mexican Americans in ten U.S. drama movies re-leased between 1987 and 2006 

Meier, Janine


Same function -- different texts. Textual hybridity of medical students' reflective writing texts 

Meyer, Nathalie


„Hi guys. I’m going to do a vlog today about my top three most embarrassing moments.“ – Structural dimensions and audience management in personal experience narratives on YouTube 

Mohler, Olivia


The Use of Ethos, Pathos and Logos in Discourse Around Veganism. An Analysis of the Application of the Three Aristotelian Modes of Persuasion in Vegan Discourse

Monnier, Michèle2019German Language Attrition and Maintenance in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. A Sociolinguistic Field Study of German Spoken by New Australians Involved in the Barossa German Language Association

Müller, Angela


Loanwords in Japanese. A Case Study of Three Anglicisms

Mundwiler, Vera


Swine Flue Scare, The metaphorical conceptualisation of pandemic diseases in media language 

Pazhekadavil, Viji


Code-switching and relational work in bilingual conglict talk: A case study of two South-Indian families living in Switzerland

Reva, Nataliya2018Communication through images in magazine advertisements for female cosmetics

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse


Impoliteness and Identity: Chicanos in diasporic forums. English-Spanish code-switching and attitudes towards Spanish and English analyzed in three ethnically specific forums 

Salmon, Laura2019Pragmatic Approaches to Online Gaming: Advice-giving in Raids
Schmidlin, Sonja2017Conceptual metaphors in sports commercials: Conceptual metaphors and metonymies and their multimodal representations in sports commercials

Schwaiger, Ariane


Motivation in English and Spanish: A Study of Grammar School Stu-dents in Basel

Schweizer, Charlotte2009Immigrant discourses: A qualitative critical discourse analysis of interviews with Indian immigrant women in Switzerland

Tschopp, Gabriela 


The functions of intentional humour in the American Presidential Campaigns 2008. Barack Obama's and John McCain's use of humour during the Presidential debates and the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner 

Vieira, Tatiana Andrade


"Frei, offen und mehrsprachig": Mehrsprachigkeit als Ideologie und Praxis in den freien Radios 

Vögeli, Elena


Agreeing and disagreeing in band rehearsals as a part of the creative process

Walz, Linda 


Joining Forces in Advice and Group formation. A Collaborative Achievement on an Email List for Foreign Language Assistants in the UK 

Wilhelm, Mirjam


Persuasive strategies in parliamentary discouse on preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Willi, Tanja


“Pinhead? Is it Pinhead? Or is it Patriot?” Personal Insults as a Means of Negotiating Identities on The O’Reilly Factor 

Wunderlin, Stefanie


The form of feeling. A multimodal ananlysis of fear metaphors in the animated film Pinocchio

Wüst, Andrea


“You are a knuckle dragging idiot with limited intellect” Flaming in the Commenting Sections of The Independent Online and YouTube 

Zwimpfer, Dina


Humour in Stand-up Comedy. What Makes the Audience Laugh? Blending Theory and Timing Strategies in Bill Maher's 'New Rules' 


Completed (first supervisor)


First supervisor (in progress)



Second or external supervisor (in progress)

Oeschger, Johannain progress Chatbots in the English classroom: negotiation of meaning and self-correction in dialog-based learner-system interaction (IBW, University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Stefan D. Keller)
Nistico, Simonain progressThe translation of linguistic impoliteness in English, French and Italian (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Prof. Denis Jamet)
Trüb, Ruthin progressAn Empirical Study of EFL Writing at Primary School (IBW, University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Stefan D. Keller)


Second or external supervisor (completed)



Title and first supervisor

Behn-Taran, Angelika


I am my own enemy.’ A linguistic analysis of interactive dynamics of relational patterns in business coaching conversations (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joerg Schmid)

Dayter, Daria


Self-disclosure online. Pragmatic repertoire of a microblogging community (University of Bayreuth, Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen)

Diederich, Catherine


Sensory Adjectives in the Discourse of Food. A frame semantic approach to sensory language (University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Heike Behrens)

Neurauter-Kessels, Manuela


Impoliteness in Cyberspace: Personally Abusive Reader Responses in Online News Media (University of Zürich, Prof. Dr. Andreas Jucker)