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Christine S. Sing

Dr. Christine S. Sing, M.A.
Dr. Christine S. Sing, M.A.

External Lecturer

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Christine S. Sing stud­ied Eng­lish, French and Ger­man at the Uni­versity of Heidel­berg, Ger­many. She holds an MA and has suc­cess­fully com­pleted her first state ex­am­in­a­tion for teach­ing in Ger­man sec­ond­ary edu­ca­tion (Er­stes Staat­sexa­men für das Lehramt an Gym­nas­ien). Between 2001 and 2003 she had a re­search grant for the gradu­ate school "Cul­tures of Ly­ing" at the Uni­versity of Re­gens­burg, which was fun­ded by the Ger­man Re­search Found­a­tion (DFG).

She has held pre­vi­ous ap­point­ments at the uni­versit­ies of Heidel­berg and Gre­if­swald, Ger­many, and has spent re­search peri­ods in France and the United States. She has taught at vari­ous in­sti­tu­tions in both Ger­many and abroad in­clud­ing ap­point­ments as a full teacher of Ger­man in the UK and as a Vis­it­ing Pro­fessor in the US.

In 2008, she com­pleted her doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion en­titled And so today, a new season of Amer­ican re­newal has be­gun – A Crit­ical Meta­phor Ana­lysis of new­ness in Amer­ican Pres­id­en­tial Dis­course, which ap­plies Con­cep­tual Meta­phor The­ory to the in­ter­pret­a­tion of polit­ical dis­course. She then joined the De­part­ment of Eng­lish Busi­ness Com­mu­nic­a­tion where she is work­ing on her post-­doc­toral thesis (Hab­il­it­a­tionss­chrift).

Re­search in­terests

  • Ap­plied Lin­guist­ics (Eng­lish Lan­guage Teach­ing; Eng­lish for Spe­cific Pur­poses (ESP); lan­guage edu­ca­tion policies)

  • Cog­nit­ive Lin­guist­ics (us­age-­based Cog­nit­ive Gram­mar; Con­cep­tual Meta­phor The­ory)

  • Cor­pus Lin­guist­ics (cor­pus-­based dis­course ana­lysis; ap­plic­a­tions of cor­pora to lan­guage teach­ing; ESP cor­pora)

  • Crit­ical Dis­course Ana­lysis (Polit­ical Dis­course, so­cio-­polit­ical ideo­lo­gies)

  • Eng­lish as an in­ter­na­tional lan­guage (Eng­lish as a lin­gua franca; World Eng­lishes; ELF com­mu­nic­a­tion in Busi­ness, BELF)

  • Eng­lish for (Spe­cific) Aca­demic Pur­poses (EAP; ESAP)

Cur­rent re­search pro­jects

  • Post-­doc­toral thesis (Pro­posal): “Nom­in­al­iz­a­tions and their tex­tual pat­terns– A cor­pus-­based ana­lysis of ESAP stu­dent writ­ing from a cog­nit­ive per­spect­ive” (work­ing title)

  • Pub­lic­a­tion of a mono­graph: “(De)con­struct­ing the dis­course of change– A cor­pus-­based study of Amer­ican Pres­id­en­tial Rhet­oric” (work­ing title)


  • Aus­trian As­so­ci­ation of Uni­versity Teach­ers of Eng­lish (AAUTE)

  • Deutsche Gesell­schaft für Kog­nit­ive Lin­guistik (DGKL)

  • Gesell­schaft für Ange­wandte Lin­guistik (GAL)

  • In­ter­na­tional Cog­nit­ive Lin­guist­ics As­so­ci­ation (ICLA)

  • UK Cog­nit­ive Lin­guist­ics As­so­ci­ation (UK-CLA)

  • In­teg­ra­tion of Con­tent and Lan­guage in Higher Edu­ca­tion (ICLHE)

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