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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Barbara Seidlhofer

Research Interests

  • English as a Lingua Franca: description and theoretical implications
  • Applied linguistics, especially for language teacher education
  • Sociolinguistics: Language variation and change, language policy
  • Intercultural communication and multilingualism
  • Corpus linguistics and computer-aided linguistic analysis

    Founding Editor (2012-), Journal of
    English as a Lingua Franca
    (Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton)
    Editor (2004-08), International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell)

Research Projects

    • Project director, eight-year 'Translational Research Project' of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2005 - 2013: The Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE), see www.univie.ac.at/voice
    • Project director, Work package 4.2. 'Emergent varieties' of the five-year EU project DYLAN (Language dynamics and management of diversity), 2006 - 2011, see www.dylan-project.org/Dylan_en/home/home.php


    • Applied linguistics for language teacher education
    • Description of contemporary English, esp. English as a lingua franca
    • Sociolinguistics, language policy and education, intercultural communication
    • Discourse analysis (spoken & written)


    • studied English, Italian and Russian at the University of Vienna; taught German in British secondary schools, teacher probation year in Vienna
    • university assistant and lecturer, English Department, University of Vienna and Lecturer for English, Diplomatic Academy Vienna
    • 1983-1984 Master of Arts in Language and Literature in Education, University of London, Institute of Education
    • 1987-1991 doctoral research in London (Applied Linguistics)
    • 1991 PhD from University of London (PhD Thesis: "Approaches to Summarization: Discourse Analysis and Language Education")
    • end 1991 returned to Vienna to work as lecturer ("Univ.-Assistentin") at the English Department of the University of Vienna
    • 2001 'Habilitation' for English Linguistics (Habilitation: "English: Native Tongue, Foreign Language, Lingua Franca. An Applied Linguistic Enquiry")
    • since 2005 Professor of English Language and Literature (Linguistics), English Department, Faculty for Philological and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna

    Selected Publications


    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2011. Understanding English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Facchinetti, Roberta; Crystal, David; Seidlhofer, Barbara (eds.). 2010. From international to local English – and back again. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

    Knapp, Karlfried; Seidlhofer, Barbara (eds.). 2009. Handbook of foreign language communication and learning. Volume 6, Handbooks of Applied Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara (ed.). 2003. Controversies in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Cook, Guy; Seidlhofer, Barbara (eds.). 1995. Principle and practice in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 1995. Approaches to summarization: discourse analysis and language education. Tübingen: Narr.

    Dalton, Christiane; Seidlhofer, Barbara. 1994. Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University  Press.

    Chapters / Articles

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2016. "ELF: English in a global context". In Murata, Kumiko (ed.). Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts: Conceptualization, research and pedagogic implications. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 17-28.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2015. "ELF-informed Pedagogy: frome Code-fixation towards Communicative Awareness". In Vettorel, Paola (ed.). New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning English. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 19-30.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2015. "RESPONSE to Berns". World Englishes 34(2), 303-306.

    Guido, Maria Grazia; Seidlhofer Barbara. 2014. "English as a Lingua Franca: Theory and Practice". Textus - English Studies in Italy, 27(1), 7-16.

    Hülmbauer, Cornelia; Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2013. "English as a Lingua Franca in European Multilingualism". In Berthoud, Anne-Claude; Grin, Francois; Lüdi, Georges (eds.). Exploring the dynamics of multilingualism. The DYLAN project. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 387-406.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2012. "Corpora and English as a Lingua Franca". In Hyland, Ken; Huat, Chau Meng; Handford, Michael (eds.). Corpus Applications in Applied Linguistics. London, New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 135-149.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2010. "DYLAN – Language dynamics and management of diversity: Forschungsprogramm und Fragestellungen eines Verbundprojektes". In Böhringer, Heike; Hülmbauer, Cornelia; Vetter, Eva. (eds.). Mehrsprachigkeit aus der Perspektive zweier EU-Projekte. DYLAN meets LINEE. Wien: Peter Lang, 59-72.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2010. "Giving VOICE to English as a Lingua Franca". In Facchinetti, Roberta; Crystal, David; Seidlhofer, Barbara (eds.). From international to local English – and back again. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 147-163.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2010. "Lingua franca English - the European context". In Kirkpatrick, Andy (ed.). The Routledge handbook of World Englishes. Abingdon: Routledge, 355-371.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2009. "Accommodation and the idiom principle in English as a Lingua Franca". Intercultural Pragmatics 6(2), 195-215.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2009. "Common ground and different realities: World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca". World Englishes 28(2), 236-245.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2009. "Orientations in ELF research: form and function". In Mauranen, Anna; Ranta, Elina (eds.). English as a lingua franca: studies and findings. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 37-59.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2008. "Standard future or half-baked quackery: descripitve and pedagogic bearings on the globalisation of English". In Gnutzmann, Claus; Inteman, Frauke (eds.). The globalisation of English and the English language classroom. (2nd edition). Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 159-173.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2007. "English as a Lingua Franca and communities of practice". In Volk-Birke, Sabine; Lippert, Julia (eds.). Anglistentag 2006 Halle: proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 307-318.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2007. "Common property: English as a Lingua Franca in Europe". In Cummins, Jim (ed.). International handbook of English language teaching. Dordrecht: Springer, 137-153.

    Pölzl, Ulrike; Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2006. "In and on their own terms: the 'habitat factor' in English as a Lingua Franca interactions". International Journal of the Sociology of Language 177, 151-176.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara; Breiteneder, Angelika; Pitzl, Marie-Luise. 2006. "English as a Lingua Franca in Europe: challenges for applied linguistics". Annual review of applied linguistics 26, 3-34.

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2005. "Key concepts in ELT - English as a Lingua Franca". ELT Journal 59(4), 339-341. https://www.eltj.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/4/339.full.pdf

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2003. "A concept of International English and related issues: from 'real English' to 'realistic English'?". Council of Europe. http://www.coe.int/T/DG4/Linguistic/Source/SeidlhoferEN.pdf

    Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2001. "Closing a conceptual gap: the case for a description of English as a Lingua Franca". International Journal of Applied Linguistics 11(2), 133-158. https://www.univie.ac.at/voice/page/documents/seidlhofer_2001b.pdf


    Completed doctoral dissertation projects under my supervision include:

    Hülmbauer, Cornelia. The real, the virtual and the plurilingual: English as a lingua franca in a linguistically diversified Europe. Dissertation, Universität Wien.

    Osimk-Teasdale, Ruth. Parts of speech in English as a lingua franca: the POS
    tagging of VOICE
    . Dissertation, Universität Wien.

    Pitzl, Marie-Luise. Creativity in English as a lingua franca: idiom and metaphor. Dissertation, Universität Wien.

    Santner, Anita. Managing meetings in ELF: cooperative and competitive turn interventions in two English as a lingua franca workplace meetings. Dissertation, Universität Wien.

    Schaller-Schwaner, Iris. The many faces of English at Switzerland's Bilingual University: English as an academic lingua franca at the institutionally bilingual University of Freiburg/Fribourg - a contextual analysis of its agentive use. Dissertation, Universität Wien.


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