Dr Laura Rupp is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. She is a member of the research group English Language and Linguistics. Laura Rupp has research expertise in language variation and change and Global English: the world-wide use of English as a second language and lingua franca. She researches the implications of Global English for (1) the English language (how has the English language come to vary through language contact and natural language change), (2) societies (how do people negotiate between using English and retaining their local culture and identity in postcolonial areas such as Africa), and (3) English language teaching and language policy (should we continue to focus on native English models or do other skills, such as developing awareness of diversity in English and practising accommodation skills, have more priority in this era of English?).
Laura Rupp participates in research projects on the history and (socio)linguistics of definite article reduction in northern England (with professor Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto) and variation in subject-verb agreement among English varieties in the world (with professor David Britain, University of Bern). She also participates in an international research project on English as a Lingua Franca and Language Diversity on the International University Campus (led by professor Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton). She supervises a PhD-project on Effective English Pronunciation Teaching. An full overview of her research activities and publications can be found here.
In addition to her research activities, Laura Rupp teaches courses at BA and MA level on Global English, English Pronunciation, Postcolonial Language and Literature and Second Language Acquistion. She is also instructor of the Training English Pronunciation and gives public lectures on Global English. She coordinates a project for the Dutch Ministry of Education that promotes an increased take-up in learning and studying languages in secondary and higher education.
Anyone interested in language variation and change or Global English (including prospective PhD-students) is very welcome to contact her (email@example.com).