Dr. Monika Kirner-Ludwig



Telefon: +1 518/442-5024
Hausanschrift: State University of New York at Albany, Educational Theory and Practice, Education 113, 1400 Washington Avenue
Albany NY 12222

Curriculum Vitae 


Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, School of Education, State University of New York at Albany (SUNY)

Superior: Dist. Prof. Dr. István Kecskés

Foci of research: TESOL, Intercultural (Synchronic and Diachronic) Pragmatics

Further responsibilities: online course developer in TESOL, TESOL advisor

04/2010 - 12/2014

Full-time lecturer and research assistant (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Chair for English Linguistics, University of Augsburg

Superior: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Bublitz

Foci of research: Historical English Linguistics and Medieval Literature (ca. 700 – 1500), Old English, Middle English and Anglo-Latin, influences of Old Norse and Old/Middle French on English, Historical Semantics and Pragmatics, Historical Lexicology

10/2008 - 06/2013

Ph.D. (‘Promotion’) at the Chair for Historical English and Medieval Literature, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

title of doctoral dissertation: Heathens, pagans, misbelievers – a corpus-based lexico-semantic field study and its historio-pragmatic reflection in texts from the English Middle Ages


Magistra Artium, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

major: Historical English Linguistics and Medieval Literature

minors: English Literature, Medieval Latin Philology

10/2008 - 03/2010

Research fellow at the LMU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, member of the interdisciplinary research project team on ‘Cultural and religious diversities in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Resarch Interests 

Historical Linguistics

  • Historical phonology
  • Lexicology, etymology, loans and borrowings
  • Morphology and word formation
  • Syntax
  • Semantics


  • Aspects of Intercultural Pragmatics, both synchronic and diachronic, particularly (im)politeness strategies, insults, face-threatening and face-saving strategies
  • Pragmatic aspects of quoting and referring

Historical Varieties

  • Old English
  • Anglo-Latin
  • Middle English
  • Early Modern English

Variational Linguistics

  • Soziolinguistics: registers, phenomena of youth language, formulaic language, situation-bound utterances, and linguistic creativity
  • Genre-specific discourse, print- and computer-mediated media

Second and Foreign Language Acquisition

  • Teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESOL)
  • Linguistic behaviors of bilinguals


Current Research Projects 

Preparation of a National Science Foundation Proposal (Perception, Action and Cognition Program) for a 3 year-project on Identifying the Usage-signature of bilingualism in unique features of language use, with Prof. Kecskes, UAlbany.

Preparation of a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Proposal ‘Research and Innovation Staff Exchange – RISE’ (Horizon 2020), with Prof. Zahra Mustafa Awad (University of Jordan), Anita Fetzer (University of Augsburg), Majdi Sawalha (University of Leeds), and Hans-Jörg Schmid (LMU, Munich)


Volumes and Monographs in Progress 

Kirner-Ludwig, Monika, Stephan Köser and Sebastian Streitberger. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien and his work(s). Routledge.

Sauer, Hans, Inge B. Milfull and Monika Kirner-Ludwig. The roots of English. Stauffenburg Verlag.