Ulrike Jessner-Schmid


A.o. Univ.-Prof., Mag. phil., Dr. phil.


Room: 40330

Office hours: please make an appointment!


 : +43 512 507 4156

 : Ulrike.Jessner@uibk.ac.at


Research and Teaching Interests

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Multilingualism and Third Language Acquisition (TLA), including Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
  • Multilingual language development, acquisition and attrition
  • Multilingual learning, teaching and testing
  • Language and gender, language and identity, language and emotions
  • Cross-cultural pragmatics


  • Ordering of linguistic books
  • Coordination of the partnership with North-West University (South Africa)



Arthur-Haidl-Prize 2015: awarded to the DyME research group for excellent scientific theory and research in the field of multilingualism applied to practice, contributing to the city of Innsbruck and its standing.

Venia Docendi: English Studies and Linguistics (Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck, Austria) 2006. Habilitation: Linguistic awareness in multilinguals: English as a third language (Edinburgh UP, 2006) – awared the Liechtenstein Award 2007

PhD in English and French Philology (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria), 1988. PhD thesis: The development of gender related speech characteristics




RECC – Regional Educational Competence Center

PH Tirol (German) and Innsbruck University (multilingualism)

Headed by Ulrike Jessner-Schmid



DyME – Dynamics of Multilingualism with English

Research group Headed by Ulrike Jessner-Schmid

Link: https://www.uibk.ac.at/anglistik/dyme/

Selected Publications

1) Jessner, Ulrike and Claire Kramsch (eds.) (2015) The Multilingual Challenge: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives. Boston: Mouton de Gruyter.

2) Jessner, Ulrike (2006) Linguistic awareness in multilinguals: English as a third language. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. (was awarded the Liechtensteinpreis 2007)

3) Herdina, Philip and Ulrike Jessner (2002) A dynamic model of multilingualism: Perspectives of change in psycholinguistics. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.


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