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Arne Peters

Dr. Arne Peters

Assistant Professor

 

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

 

consulting hours
Prior appointment required:
Tue, 11-12 hrs
(not on Oct 29)

About 

  • Since 01/2016 Akademischer Mitarbeiter (research and teaching position) at the Chair for Development and Variation of the English.
  • 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

(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

(2020) 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 Studies in 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. (in preparation) Exploring cultural linguistics: Trends, directions and applications. 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

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

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

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

Peters, A. (submitted). "Lexical evidence for ancestral communication in Black South African English.", in: H.-G. Wolf, D. Latic, & A. Finzel (eds.) Cultural Conceptualizations and the Structure of Language, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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

Peters, A. & Van Hattum, M. (submitted). “Pseudonyms as carriers of culture-specific threat in 19th-century Irish threatening notices”.

Peters, A. (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. (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)