Arne Peters

Dr. Arne Peters

Assistant Professor

Co-coordinator at 'Centre for Language, Variation and Migration (SVM)'

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 1.12
14469 Potsdam

 

Sprechzeiten
Wednesdays 11.00-12.00 hrs
Please contact me via e-mail for a concrete time slot and the link to Zoom.

About 

  • Assistant Professor at the Chair for Development and Variation of the English Language at the University of Potsdam, Germany (since 01/2016).
  • Extraordinary Researcher in the research focus area 'Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings' (UPSET) at North-West University Vaal, South Africa (since 06/2020).
  • 2015 Doctor philosophiae (PhD): “Linguistic change in Galway City English: a variationist study of (th) and (dh) in urban western Irish English”.
  • 11/2012-12/2015 Founding member and Cathaoirleach (chairman) at Conradh na Gaeilge Bheirlín, Berlin, Germany.
  • 02/2011-04/2011 Guest lecturer at Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong.
  • 10/2009-12/2015 Akademischer Mitarbeiter (research and teaching position) as well as PhD student at the Chair for Development and Variation of the English Language at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Current research projects

“Cultural conceptualisations in Black South African English” (Post-Doc/Habilitation)

"Exploring the interplay of language and body in South African youth" (with Susan Coetzee-van Rooy, North West University Vaal)

Research interests 

  • Variationist Sociolinguistics / Cognitive Sociolinguistics
  • (Applied) Cultural Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Contact Linguistics
  • Theories of Language Change
  • Forensic Pragmatics: The socio-cultural and cognitive bases of threatening as a speech act
  • Languages in Ireland and Great Britain / Celtic Englishes / English in Galway City / Geographical and social variation of Irish (Gaeilge)
  • Development and variation of English in rural and urban settings in Ireland, North America, Africa, Asia
  • Multilingualism in South Africa

Teaching (BA/MA)

  • Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics / Diachronic Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
  • Old English / Middle English / (Early) Modern English / Present-day English
  • Language(s) in Britain and Ireland
  • Celtic Englishes
  • Varieties of English in Ireland / Africa / Asia / Postcolonial settings
  • Methods in qualitative and quantitative research
  • Variationist Sociolinguistics / Cognitive Sociolinguistics
  • Cultural Linguistics
  • Theories of Language Change

Conferences organised

(2021, fc.) Universität Landau - International Symposium (with Neele Mundt, Frank Polzenhagen and Monika Reif): Metaphor Variation in Englishes Around the World 4

(2018) Universität Potsdam & Universität Bielefeld - International Conference (with Marion Schulte): New Perspectives on Irish English 5

(2015) Universität Potsdam - Workshop (with Hans-Georg Wolf and Charles Marfo): English Studiesin an International Perspective

(2012) Universität Potsdam - Workshop (with Paula Orzechowska): Phonetics, Phonology, PRAAT Guest speaker: Prof. John Harris (University College London)

Publications

Monograph

Peters, A. (2016) Linguistic change in Galway City English: a variationist study of (th) and (dh) in urban western Irish English. [Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture, Vol. 116]. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.

Edited works

Peters, A. & Mundt, N. (2021 fc.) Cultural linguistics applied: Trends, directions and implications. [Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture, Vol. 127]. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.

Wolf, H.-G., Polzenhagen, F. & Peters, A. (2017) Cultural Linguistic contributions to World Englishes.Special issue of International Journal of Language and Culture 4(2).

Book chapters and articles

Peters, A. & Siebers, L. (in preparation). "A re-analysis of left dislocation in Black South African English"

Peters, A. (submitted). "Galway City English", in R. Hickey (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Irish English. Oxford: OUP.

Coetzee-Van Rooy, S. & Peters, A. (submitted). "A portrait-corpus study of language attitudes towards Afrikaans and English". Language Matters.

Wolf, H.-G. & Peters, A. (submitted b). "Cognitive Sociolinguistic studies of African English(es): A methodological review and outlook ."

Wolf, H.-G. & Peters, A. (submitted a) "African witchcraft revisited: new cognitive-sociolinguistic findings from a comparative perspective."

Peters, A. (fc.). "Lexical evidence for ancestral communication in Black South African English.", in: H.-G. Wolf, D. Latic, & A. Finzel (eds.) Cultural-linguistic explorations into spirituality, society, and sexuality. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Peters, A. & Polzenhagen, F. (2021 fc.) “Genres and text-types from a cross-varietal and cognitive-cultural perspective: A case study on the contextualisation of classified adverts”, in: M. Callies & M. Degani (eds.) Metaphor in Language and Culture across World Englishes. London: Bloomsbury.

Mundt, N. & Peters, A. (2021 fc.) "Cultural linguistics applied: status quo and new directions". in: A. Peters & N. Mundt (eds.) Exploring cultural linguistics: Trends, directions and applications. [Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture, Vol. 127], 13-27. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.

Peters, A. & Van Hattum, M. (2021). “Pseudonyms as carriers of culture-specific threat in 19th-century Irish threatening notices”. English World-Wide 42(1), 29-53.

Peters, A. (2020) "Cultural conceptualisations of WITCHCRAFT and TRADITIONAL HEALING in Black South African English herbalist classifieds", in: F. Sharifian & M. Sadeghpour (eds.) Cultural Linguistics and World Englishes, 333-359. Singapore: Springer.

Peters, A. & Coetzee-Van Rooy, S. (2020). “Exploring the interplay of language and body in South African youth”.Cognitive Linguistics 31(4), 579-608.

Peters, A. (2018) "Review of Ugandan English - Its sociolinguistics, structure and uses in a globalising post-protectorate, edited by Christiane Meierkord, Bebwa Isingoma, and Saudah Namyalo. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Anglistik - International Journal of English Studies 29(1), 185-188.

Peters, A. (2017) "FAIRIES, BANSHEES, and THE CHURCH: Cultural conceptualisations in Irish English" International Journal of Language and Culture, 4(2), 127-148.

Wolf, H.-G., Polzenhagen, F. & Peters, A.  (2017) "Cultural linguistic contributions to World Englishes" International Journal of Language and Culture, 4(2), 121-126.

Peters, A. (2016) "Urban development, language contact, and sociolinguistic transformations in Galway City" 10plus1 - Living Linguistics, 106-117.

Peters, A. (2013): “We had things then that they don't have now - The Case of Dental Fricatives in Galway City English”, in: C. Schlaak / A. Hennemann (eds.), Korpuslinguistische Untersuchungen: Analysen einzelsprachlicher Phänomene, 163-174. Berlin: Frank & Timme.

Peters, A. (2012): “Linguistic change in Galway City English: A study of phonological features in the district of Bóthar Mór”, in: B. Migge & M. Ní Chiosáin (eds.), New Perspectives on Irish English, 29-45. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

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