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

 

consulting hours
Tue, 14:00-15:00 hrs (on Zoom)
Please contact me via e-mail for a concrete time slot during my office hours and the link to Zoom.

About 

  • Since 01/2016 Akademischer Mitarbeiter (research and teaching position) at the Chair for Development and Variation of the English Language.
  • 07/2016-09/2016 Visiting professor at North-West University Vaal, South Africa.
  • 2015 Doctor philosophiae (PhD): “Linguistic change in Galway City English: a variationist study of (th) and (dh) in urban western Irish English”
  • 02/2011-04/2011 Guest lecturer at Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong.
  • 11/2012-12/2015 Founding member and Cathaoirleach (chairman) at Conradh na Gaeilge Bheirlín.
  • 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.
  • 2009 Magister Artium (MA-thesis ‘Linguistic Change in Galway City English: A study of phonological features of speech in the district of Bóthar Mór’).
  • 2007-2009: Scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (2007-2009).
  • 2006-2010: Several study and research stays in Galway (Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh).
  • 2003-2009: Student of German Linguistics as well as English Language and British Cultural Studies at Potsdam University.

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, Invited lectures, and Workshops

Presentations

(2021, fc.) Universität Landau, Germany - Workshop: Metaphor Variation in Englishes Around the World 4

(2021, fc.) Universität Landau, Germany - Conference: 39th International LAUD Symposium

(2020) Universität Wien, Austria - Conference: New Perspectives on Irish English 6 - Paper: "Cultural cognition, social cognition and lectal variation in Irish English"

(2019) Universität Bielefeld, Germany - Invited lecture: "Exploring language and body through language-portrait corpus studies"

(2019) Universitetet i Bergen, Norway - Invited lecture: "Spoken and written corpora in Black South African English research"

(2019) University of Limerick, Ireland: 24th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes

(2019) Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany - Workshop: New Approaches to Irish English (Corpus) Pragmatics

(2018) Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria - Workshop: Metaphors in Englishes Around the World 3

(2018) Universität Koblenz/Landau, Germany - Conference: 38th International LAUD Symposium & 2nd Cultural Linguistics International Conference

(2018) University of Cape Town, South Africa - Conference: International Congress of Linguists 20

(2018) Universität Potsdam, Germany - Conference: New Perspectives on Irish English 5

(2017) Université de Lausanne, Switzerland - Workshop: Varieties of English from Below

(2016) North-West University Vaal, South Africa - Invited lecture: "Cognitive Sociolinguistics, Cultural Conceptualisations, and World Englishes"

(2016) Monash University, Prato, Italy - Conference: 1st International Conference on Cultural Linguistics

(2016) Universitetet i Bergen, Norway - Conference: New Perspectives on Irish English 4

(2016) Universität Bielefeld, Germany - Invited lecture: "Cultural Conceptualisations in South African English"

(2016) Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany - Conference: 37th International LAUD Symposium

(2015) University of Limerick, Ireland - Conference: New Perspectives on Irish English 3

(2015) Universität Bielefeld, Germany - Invited lecture: "English in Galway City"

(2015) North-West University Vaal, South Africa - Invited lecture: "'I can almost understand them' - scenarios of multilingual Europe"

(2015) Universität Potsdam - Workshop: English Studies in an International Perspective

(2013) Universität Potsdam - Guest lecture: Werkstattgespräche of the Zentrum für Sprache, Variation, Migration (Centre for Language, Variation, Migration)

(2013) University College Dublin, Ireland - Conference: New Perspectives on Irish English 2

(2012) Károli Gáspár University Budapest, Hungary - Conference: Representations of Ireland

(2012) Universität Potsdam - Konferenz: 13. Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium

(2011) The LANCHART Centre, Københavns Universitet, Denmark - Summer School: Four Tandems of Sociolinguistics

(2010) University College Dublin, Ireland - Conference: New Perspectives on Irish English

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. (2020 fc.) Cultural linguistics applied: Trends, directions and implications. Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture. 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

Siebers, L. & Peters, A. (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.

Peters, A. (under review). "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 in World Englishes. London: Bloomsbury.

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

Mundt, N. & Peters, A. (2020 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. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.

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

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

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).

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. <http://10plus1journal.com/?page_id=613>

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, 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, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 29-45.

Memberships

  • International Association for World Englishes (IAWE)
  • International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
  • Language of Correspondence Network (LoCNet)
  • Deutscher Anglistenverband e.V. (DAV)
  • Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS)
  • Centre for Language, Variation, Migration (SVM - Zentrum für Sprache, Variation, Migration)