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
Tuesdays, 14-15 hrs. Please contact me via e-mail for a concrete time slot.

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).
  • Visiting researcher at North-West University Vaal, South Africa (07/2016-09/2016).
  • Doctor philosophiae (PhD): “Linguistic change in Galway City English: a variationist study of (th) and (dh) in urban western Irish English” (2015).
  • Guest lecturer at Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong (02/2011-04/2011).
  • 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 (10/2009-12/2015).

Current research projects

“Black South African English: Language, culture, and cognition” (Post-Doc/Habilitation)

"Exploring the interplay of language and body in South Africa, Namibia, The Netherlands, and Germany" - with Susan Coetzee-van Rooy (North-West University Vaal), Anne Schröder (Universität Bielefeld) & Rias van den Doel (Universiteit Utrecht)

Research interests 

  • Variationist Sociolinguistics / Cognitive Sociolinguistics
  • Sociophonetics
  • (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

(2022) 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) 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.

Peters, A. (accepted). "Cultural conceptualizations in Irish English", Encyclopedia of World Englishes.

Peters, A. (accepted). "Cultural conceptualizations in Black South African English", Encyclopedia of World Englishes.

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

Peters, A. (accepted). "Corpus-linguistic and cultural-cognitive perspectives on SILENCE in Black South African English.", in: M. Mayar & M. Schulte (eds.) Silence and silencing: Conversations across disciplines. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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

Peters, A. (2021). "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, 23-39. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Peters, A. (2021) "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.

Coetzee-Van Rooy, S. & Peters, A. (2021). "A portrait-corpus study of language attitudes towards Afrikaans and English". Language Matters 52(2), 3-28.

Mundt, N. & Peters, A. (2021) "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. Berlin: Peter Lang.

Peters, A. & Polzenhagen, F. (2021) “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.

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. & 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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