Thesis Topics, Prof. Miriam Locher

I welcome supervision of papers in my research fields and am open to suggestions for new topics.


MA theses (first or second supervisor, completed)

Author Year Title
Ackermann, Evelyne 2017 A Way to Assess EFL Writing:
Development and testing of a rating scale to assess EFL learners’ essay writing skills related to coherence and cohesion
Asensio, Nathalie  2011 La communication entre personnel sanitaire et patients alloglottes. Problématique de multilinguisme et stratégies afin de franchir les barrières linguistiques 
Bachmann, Isabel  2009 Ideological Legitimation -- Legitimizing Ideologies in George W. Bush's Speeches 
Beck, Kathrin 2017 The discursive construction of General Practitioner identities in a quality circle
Bieri, Aline 2015 "That's something we have time for in English classes, in biology we learn biology" - A Descriptive-Comparative Study of Biology Lessons in a CLIL and Non-CLIL Context at the Gymnasium Oberwil
Brühlmann, Volha 2012 Narrating migration: The case of expatriates in Basel 
Brugger, Ellen 2013 Persuasion in Political Discourse. A media comparison of persuasive means in the 2012 US presidential campaigns 
Burckhardt, Ariane  2010 “We are not afraid of Susan Sontag.” Visual and verbal metaphors in graphic illness narratives. A comparative analysis of the visual and verbal metaphors in Cancer Vixen, Mom’s Cancer, Epileptic, Cancer Made me a Shallower Person, Our Cancer Year, Blue Pills, and Janet & ME 
Domenghino, Lisa 2013 Understanding Online Celebrity Gossip: A Genre Analysis 
dos Santos, Gabriela 2014 "Excuse me, excuse me... Sprechen Sie English?" Americans and the English language in Europe, and the resulting language ideologies in cinematic discourse 
Dürr, Catherine 2012 What is on the line? An analysis of the (relational) work invested in the negotiation of relationships in the context of a radio call-in advice show and the emergence of the advice-giver’s expert identity in 
Emmenegger, Seline 2015 'I'm surrounded by idiots!' Verbal, non-verbal, physical and indirect aggression in Disney's animated movies for children
Grauer, Karoline 2013 The face of humorous ghosts. A study of face aggravating behaviour as a means to create humour in romantic ghost comedies 
Häfliger, Doris 2010 Collaboration and conflict on multi-user domains. Article editing in Wikipedia 
Hanselmann, Sandra 2014 The collective management of garden work. A conversation analytic and ethnographic approach on meeting interaction in a community garden in Johannesburg, South Africa 
Hegi, Daniel 2017 A comparison of the broadcasting format and the English and German language use in televised live commentaries in NFL broadcasts in the season 2016/2017
Hengartner, Cristina 2013 What are you saying, Bitch? A study on how offensive language generates humour in the telecinematic discourse of 2 Broke Girls 
Iyer-Grüninger, Evelyne 2013 Fight for the Floor: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Types, Functions, and Effects of Overlap in the Sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 
Kanaet, Anita 2010 Baby Signa. An Auxiliary Tool in Infants' Early Language Development 
Kopetz, Anja 2014 Arzt-Patienten-Interaktion in der Psychiatrie. Eine konversationsanalytische Untersuchung von Frage-Antwort-Sequenzen in Arzt-Patienten-Gesprächen im stationären Rahmen  einer psychiatrischen Klinik 
Kuckovic, Dino 2013 The Fresh Sie of life! Demonstrating Freshness in Soft Drink Advertsing. A Case Study of Coca-Cola and pepsi. 
Mathis, Nicola 2012 Sell the Sizzle, not the Steak – Attempts of Advertisers to Emotionalize and Involve Consumers with the Application of Linguistic Strategies in Headlines in Print Advertisements 
Mayer, Laura 2014 Mexican Americanness in U.S. drama movies: A multimodal analysis of the representation of Mexican Americans in ten U.S. drama movies re-leased between 1987 and 2006 
Meier, Janine 2012 Same function -- different texts. Textual hybridity of medical students' reflective writing texts 
Meyer, Nathalie 2014 „Hi guys. I’m going to do a vlog today about my top three most embarrassing moments.“ – Structural dimensions and audience management in personal experience narratives on YouTube 
Mohler, Olivia 2015 The Use of Ethos, Pathos and Logos in Discourse Around Veganism. An Analysis of the Application of the Three Aristotelian Modes of Persuasion in Vegan Discourse
Müller, Angela 2016 Loanwords in Japanese. A Case Study of Three Anglicisms
Mundwiler, Vera 2010 Swine Flue Scare, The metaphorical conceptualisation of pandemic diseases in media language 
Pazhekadavil, Viji 2016 Code-switching and relational work in bilingual conglict talk: A case study of two South-Indian families living in Switzerland
Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse 2010 Impoliteness and Identity: Chicanos in diasporic forums. English-Spanish code-switching and attitudes towards Spanish and English analyzed in three ethnically specific forums 
Schwaiger, Ariane 2016 Motivation in English and Spanish: A Study of Grammar School Stu-dents in Basel
Tschopp, Gabriela  2009 The functions of intentional humour in the American Presidential Campaigns 2008. Barack Obama's and John McCain's use of humour during the Presidential debates and the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner 
Vieira, Tatiana Andrade 2014 "Frei, offen und mehrsprachig": Mehrsprachigkeit als Ideologie und Praxis in den freien Radios 
Vögeli, Elena 2015 Agreeing and disagreeing in band rehearsals as a part of the creative process
Walz, Linda  2011 Joining Forces in Advice and Group formation. A Collaborative Achievement on an Email List for Foreign Language Assistants in the UK 
Wilhelm, Mirjam 2015 Persuasive strategies in parliamentary discouse on preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Willi, Tanja 2011 “Pinhead? Is it Pinhead? Or is it Patriot?” Personal Insults as a Means of Negotiating Identities on The O’Reilly Factor 
Wunderlin, Stefanie 2015 The form of feeling. A multimodal ananlysis of fear metaphors in the animated film Pinocchio
Wüst, Andrea 2014 “You are a knuckle dragging idiot with limited intellect” Flaming in the Commenting Sections of The Independent Online and YouTube 
Zwimpfer, Dina 2009 Humour in Stand-up Comedy. What Makes the Audience Laugh? Blending Theory and Timing Strategies in Bill Maher's 'New Rules' 


Lizentiat theses (completed)

Author Year Title
Ingletti, Maria-Concetta 2011 English in post-colonial India: Exploring Salman Rushdie’s view of a changing language 
Johann, Andrea  2009 Crazy Horse or Mr. Smith? A critical discourse analysis of the representation of Native Americans as a minority group and their relation to the dominant group at the example of the discourse on land rights and issues in the U.S. press 
Schweizer, Charlotte 2009 Immigrant discourses: A qualitative critical discourse analysis of interviews with Indian immigrant women in Switzerland 


PhD theses (first supervisor, completed)

Author Year Title
Bolander, Brook 2012 On language and power in blogs
Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse 2017 Persuasion and power on health and prevention websites


PhD theses (first supervisor, in progress)

Author Status Title
Bieri, Aline in progress CLIL biology: The linguistic challenges
Meier, Stefanie in progress Language education and labour migration - the preparation of Philippine care workers for Germany
Messerli, Thomas in progress Repetition in Telecinematic Humour – How US American sitcoms employ repetitive patterns in the construction of multimodal humour
Thurnherr, Franziska in progress Relational Work and Identity Construction in Email Counseling


PhD theses (second or external supervisor, completed)

Author Year Title and first supervisor
Behn-Taran, Angelika 2014 I am my own enemy.’ A linguistic analysis of interactive dynamics of relational patterns in business coaching conversations (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joerg Schmid)
Dayter, Daria 2014 Self-disclosure online. Pragmatic repertoire of a microblogging community (University of Bayreuth, Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen)
Diederich, Catherine 2013 Sensory Adjectives in the Discourse of Food. A frame semantic approach to sensory language (University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Heike Behrens)
Neurauter-Kessels, Manuela 2012 Impoliteness in Cyberspace: Personally Abusive Reader Responses in Online News Media (University of Zürich, Prof. Dr. Andreas Jucker)