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Elisabeth Reber is currently a Replacement Professor in Applied English Linguistics at the University of Bonn, and on leave from the University of Würzburg where she is a Senior Lecturer (Akademische Rätin auf Zeit). She studied English Linguistics and Medieval Literature, Scandinavian Languages, and Cross-cultural Communication at the Universities of Munich and Umeå and received an MA from the University of Munich, and her doctoral and postdoctoral degrees from the University of Potsdam. She has taught at the Universities of Potsdam, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Würzburg, Heidelberg, and Linköping.

Her research interests focus on (Diachronic) Interactional Linguistics / Conversation Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Usage-based Grammar Theories, Computer-mediated Communication, English as a Foreign Language, and Historical Linguistics. Her recent publications include the monographs Quoting in Parliamentary Question Time. Exploring recent change (Cambridge University Press, 2021), and Affectivity in Interaction: Sound objects in English (John Benjamins, 2012), and the edited volume Embodied Activities in Face-to-face and Mediated Settings: Social encounters in time and space (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), co-edited with Cornelia Gerhardt.

In 2016, she was a visiting scholar, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), at the Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara (Faculty sponsor: Geoffrey Raymond). Together with Cornelia Gerhardt, she was the director of the scientific network “Multimodality and Embodied Interaction”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, 2012-2019). Between 2016 and 2020, she was an associated member of the research program “Interaction and Variation in Pluricentric Languages” (directors: Jan Lindström, Jenny Nilsson, Catrin Norrby, Camilla Wide), funded by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

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