Monika Kirner-Ludwig


Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr.


Room: 40326

Office hours during July, August and September:

23 July, 14:00 - 15:00
13 August, 14:00 - 15:00
20 August, 14:00 - 15:00

 : +43 512 507 4187



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



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

2. Mustafa Awad, Zahra and Monika Kirner-Ludwig. 2017. The Image of Arab Women in Western News Reports: A Linguistic Study into the lexico-semantic choices made in news headlines. Journal of Discourse and Communication 11(5): 515-538.

3. Kecskes, Istvan and Monika Kirner-Ludwig. 2017. “It would never happen in my country I must say” – A corpus-pragmatic study on Asian English learners’ preferred uses of must and should. Journal of Corpus Pragmatics 1(2): 91-134. DOI 10.1007/s41701-017-0007-x.


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