Prof. Dr. Miriam Locher

Professor of the Linguistics of English

Miriam Locher started her position as Professor for English Linguistics at the University of Basel in 2008. She works on interpersonal pragmatics, linguistic politeness, relational work, the exercise of power, disagreements, advice-giving (in health contexts) and computer-mediated communication. Currently she is working on the SNF research project Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives, the SNF research project Language and Health Online, and a project on Relational work in Facebook.

Her main publications are Power and Politeness in Action: Disagreements in Oral Communication (Mouton de Gruyter, 2004) and the edited collections of papers on Impoliteness in Language (with Derek Bousfield, Mouton, 2008), Standards and Norms of the English Language (with Jürg Strässler, Mouton, 2008) and the Handbook of Interpersonal Pragmatics (with Sage L. Graham, Mouton, 2010). Her interest in disagreements is continued with the special issue on 'Theorising Disagreement' (with Jo Angouri) in the Journal of Pragmatics (2012). Her focus on digital humanities and computer-mediated communication resulted in work on advice-giving in an American Internet advice column (Advice Online, Benjamins, 2006), two special issues on computer-mediated communication and politeness/relational work for the Journal of Politeness Research (2010) and Pragmatics (2015, co-edited with Brook Bolander and Nicole Höhn) and a number of articles on Facebook (with Brook Bolander). In 2012, the collection Advice in Discourse (with Holger Limberg, Benjamins) appeared and in 2015 the collection Narrative Matters across Disciplines in Medical Contexts (with Franziska Gygax, Benjamins).

Miriam Locher is the administrator of the SWELL (Swiss Works in English Language and Linguistics) mailing list, which is used for the networking of all Swiss doctoral and Habilitation researchers. If you would like to join this list, send a request to her. She is a board member of SAUTE, the Swiss Association of University Teachers of English, as secretary, webmaster and delegate to the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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