Dr Laura Rupp is a Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics. She is a member of the research group English Language and Linguistics. Laura Rupp has research expertise in language variation and change, grammar and Global English: the world-wide use of English as a second language and lingua franca. She is interested in the implications of Global English for (1) the English language (how has the English language changed as a result of language contact and natural language change), (2) societies (how do people negotiate between using English and retaining their local culture and identity), and (3) English language teaching and language policy (do skills like developing awareness of diversity in English gain priority in this era of English?).
Laura Rupp participates in research projects on the history and socio-grammatical function of vernacular determiners (with Professor Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto, and Professor Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University) 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 Language Diversity on the International Campus (led by Professor Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton). A full overview of her publications and activities can be found here.
Laura Rupp teaches courses at BA and MA level on Global English, English Pronunciation, Postcolonial Language and Literature. She is instructor of a training in English Pronunciation and gives public lectures on Global English. She coordinates the ‘Schooltalenproject‘ for the Ministry of Education that aims to raise language awareness amongst pupils in secondary education, and she obtained a grant to design a MOOC Speaking English in a globalised world that will be launched on the platform FutureLearn in 2018. In 2002 she was awarded the VU Teaching Award.
Anyone interested in language variation and change or Global English (including prospective PhD-students) is very welcome to contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org).