School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Heike Pichler

Senior Lecturer in Variationist Sociolinguistics

Background

I am a variationist linguist specialising in discourse-pragmatic and morpho-syntactic variation and change.

 

Internal roles

Postgraduate Director, taught programmes

Chair of the PG Board of Studies & PG Committee

Chair of the PGT Board of Examiners

 

Previous internal roles: PGR Director (linguistics) (2013-15), Degree Programme Director IPhD in linguistics/English language (2013-15), Ethics convenor (SELLL) (2013-16), Visiting speaker co-ordinator (linguistics) (2013-14), CRiLLS executive member (2012-15), Schools liaison officer (2012-13)

 

External roles

member of the ESRC Peer Review College (2015-19)

member of the Northern Bridge studentship committee (2018)

editorial board member of Ampersand (2017-)

editorial board member Te Reo (2018-)

founding chair of the Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change steering committee (2012-2018)

 

Previous external roles: Committee member Linguistics Association of Great Britain (membership secretary) (2010-2015), External PhD thesis examiner (UCD, Ireland) (2016), Editor of Ampersand (sociolinguistics & pragmatics) (2014-16), member of the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships Peer Review College (2016)

 

Recent leadership training

2014-15: Faculty Futures (Newcastle University)

2012-13: Principal Investigator (Newcastle University)


Research

My research interests include:

- language variation & change (specifically discourse-pragmatic & morpho-syntactic variation & change)

- language contact

language variation and mental health

- old-age language variation and change

- comparative sociolinguistics

- narrative analysis 

See further: https://heikepichler.weebly.com/research.html 

Teaching

SEMESTER 1 (2019-20) 

SEL2091: Sociolinguistics and sociology of language 

SEL8163: Sociolinguistics of language and society 

SEL3372: Language & ethnicity in twenty-first century Britain (module leader)

SEL8639: Ethno-linguistic variation and change (module leader)



SEMESTER 2 (2019-20)

Research leave.


 

 

Publications