Monika Kirner-Ludwig


Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr.


Room: 40326

Office hours: Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:00


 : +43 512 507 4187



Co-editor of the book series 'Routledge Research on New Waves in Pragmatics and 'English and Beyond'


Research interests

  • Intercultural Pragmatics, both synchronic and diachronic, particularly (im)politeness strategies, insults, face-threatening and face-saving strategies; pragmatic aspects of quoting and referring
  • Sociolinguistics: registers, phenomena of youth language, formulaic language, situation-bound utterances, and linguistic creativity; genre-specific discourse, print- and computer-mediated media
  • Teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESOL), Linguistic behaviors of bilinguals, bilingualism


  • administration of corpus licenses



Jan 2015 – Dec 2017: Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, School of Education, State University of New York at Albany (SUNY), USA.  

2013 Defense / 2015 Publication of PhD thesis (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany): Heathens, pagans, misbelievers. A lexico-semantic field study and its historio-pragmatic reflections in texts from the English Middle Ages [Britannica et Americana 31]. Heidelberg: Winter. 

2008: Master’s Degree (Magistra Artium) in English Linguistics, English Literature and Medieval Latin. (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany).


Selected Publications

1) Sauer, Hans & Monika Kirner-Ludwig. 2021. Evolution of English. Studying the past, understanding the present. Munich: Stauffenburg.

2) Kirner-Ludwig, Monika & Rana Alsaedi. 2021.  A pragmatics-based appeal to saving face so as to save lives: On intercultural pragmatic awareness (or rather: lack thereof) in a handbook for US soldiers deployed for Iraq. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. DOI:

3) Kirner-Ludwig, Monika. 2020. Adapting scripture to transcript: A cognitive-pragmatic approach to cinematic strategies of evoking obsolete frames. In: Telecinematic Stylistics. Christian Hoffmann and Monika Kirner-Ludwig, eds. London et al.: Bloomsbury.

4) Kirner-Ludwig, Monika. 2019. Creation, dissemination and uptake of fake-quotes in lay political discourse on Facebook and Twitter. Special issue of the Journal of Pragmatics. Eds. Anita Fetzer & Daniel Weiss.

5) Kirner-Ludwig, Monika. 2018. That’s what she said: Trying to make it established category. Journal of Pragmatics 137: 76-91.



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