Ulrike Jessner-Schmid


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


Room: 40330

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+43 512 507 4156



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

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)
  • Official representative (nominated by the University of Innsbruck) for the Austrian language committee
  • Reporter for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) since 2016


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, U., Oberhofer, K., & Megens, M. (2020). The attrition of school-learned foreign languages: A multilingual perspective. Applied Psycholinguistics, 42 (1), 19-50. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716420000557

2) Dolas, F., Jessner, U., & Cedden, G. (2022). Cognitive Advantages of Multilingual Learning on Metalinguistic Awareness, Working Memory and L1 Lexicon Size: Reconceptualization of Linguistic Giftedness from a DMM Perspective. Journal of Cognition, 5(1): 10, pp. 1–15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/joc.201

3) Stavans, A. and U. Jessner (eds) (2022) Cambridge Handbook of Childhood Multilingualism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

4) Jessner, U. and E. Allgaeuer-Hackl (2022) Metacognition in multilingual teaching and learning. Multilingual awareness as a central subcomponent of metacognition in research and practice. AILA Review 35:1, 13-38.

5) Jessner, U. (2023). Third language acquisition from a Complexity Dynamic Systems Theory approach. In Cabrelli, J., Chaouch-Orozco, A., Gonzalez Alonso, J., Pereira Soares, S. &  Rothman, J. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Third Language Acquisition (pp. 64-95). Cambridge University Press.


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