About the authors
Peter W. Kunsmann, PhD is professor of
English philology at the Freie Universität Berlin. His main research
interests are sociolinguistics and problems of the use of English, linguistic
theories and second language acquisition.
Dorothee Meer, PhD, is working on a
communication in lecturersí office hours at the center of advanced education
at Bochum University, where she is also a lecturer at the German department
(linguistics). She conducts workshops for university teachers and students.
Her main interests are conversation and discourse analysis, institutional
communication (especially universities), media communication, political
discourse analysis and television, linguistic pragmatics (theory), therapy
and counselling, research about university teaching.
Christiane Meierkord received her Ph.D.
in English linguistics at Düsseldorf University in 1996 for her thesis
on English as medium for intercultural communication. Since 1997
she has been a lecturer at Erfurt University where she pursues her post-doctoral
research project on Routine expressions and structures in child, adolescent
and adult English learner language. Her major research interests are:
English as international lingua franca, varieties of English, methodology
of Discourse and Conversation Analysis and research into learner language.
Katarína Miková, PhDr., (Banská
Bystrica/Slowakia) is teaching business German at the faculty for economic
sciences at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica.
She is developing and testing concepts for the education of students of economic sciences in cooperation with managers of joint-venture companies in the Slowak Republic. Moreoever she is working with foreign DAF-practitioners at Matej Bel University.
Her research interests are oral communication, intercultural communication and the comparison of cultural standards as well as the methods of teaching German for foreign students (DAF).
Ingrid Piller is a research fellow with
the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council) and works
on the linguistic practices of bilingual couples. Previously she taught
at Hamburg University, Ithaca College, NY, and the University of Technology
in Dresden, where she also obtained her Ph.D. Besides her research on discourse
analysis, multilingualism, second language learning, and language and gender,
she has also worked on advertising language, trade names and consumer discourse.
She is the author of American Automobile Names (Essen, 1996).
Karin Pittner is professor of German linguistics
at the University of Bochum. She previously taught at the universities
of Munich (Dr. phil. 89) and Stuttgart (habil 97). Her main research interests
are German syntax (with a special stress on word order and the positioning
of adverbials), information structure, pragmatics, the relations between
pragmatics and grammar. She is the author of Adverbiale im Deutschen.
Untersuchungen zu ihrer Stellung und Interpretation. (Tübingen
Ulrich A. Schmidt studied German, Romance
languages and history at the University of Bochum. He wrote his prize-winning
dissertation about impersonal constructions, diatheses and word order.
He has been working as DAAD-lecturer in Italy and been lecturing at the
universities of Bochum, Essen, Duisburg as well as Lomonossow-University
in Moscow. He is currently working on a project about "application and
communication" at the Institute for German studies in Bochum. He also conducted
courses on environmental management for postgraduates. Since 1998 he is
director of the Center for application training in Dorsten, which is counselling
unemployed people. His main areas of research are German grammar, text
linguistics, pragmatics, orthography and its reform, application and communication