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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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