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200 years – University of Bonn
20 years – BAEL
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We are moving forward with our plans for the Seventh Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference. This year’s conference theme is "Language Learning and Teaching", with a special focus on the role of pragmatics. So if you are interested in presenting your empirical research projects next to our two keynote speakers, Prof. Dr Susanne Niemeier and Prof. Dr Christopher J. Hall:...
The Call for Papers for BAELc7 is now open!
Click on the link below for more information.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon at BAELc7!

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We are moving forward with our plans for the Seventh Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference. The focus of this year’s conference will be Language Learning and Teaching with a special focus on the role of pragmatics. So if you are interested in presenting your empirical research projects next ...

Are you a first-year student at the IAAK?
Are you keen to earn 10 Euros by speaking a bit of English and
pressing some computer keys?
BAEL's doctoral researcher Friederike Sell is conducting ...
an experiment on task difficulty in English, and there are
still a few slots available. If you have 45 minutes to
spare this week and are up for participating, just sign up
in this Doodle
with your name and email address (not shown publicly), and
you'll receive more info.

- be a native speaker of German
- speak English as a second language
- be between 18 and 29 years old
- and be a first-year student at the IAAK

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Please select the time slot of your choice and enter your name and, IMPORTANTLY(!), your contact email address. They will not be shown publicly but will be visible only to me.

+++ NEW POST +++ on our LAMA blog: "Brothers Grimm – lexicographers as well as storytellers" by Alisa and Yuan!

When you hear the names Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, you probably think about Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Rarely (especially in the English speaking world) are they associated with the huge work they’ve done while compiling the Deutsche Wörterbuch (DWB). Back the...

Our MA student bloggers met last Thursday with Dr. Meinl’s pupils from the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf. They shared their experiences with writing and reading the LAMA blog posts ( and developed valuable ideas on how the university-school cooperation could be further intensified in the future.
The event was part of the “Wochen der Studienorientierung”.

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"Of jambo and hakuna matata - language as a commodity in tourist-host interactions in Zanzibar" is the title of an invited talk Susanne Mohr gave at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth on 30 January. She presented interesting findings from her recent field work in Zanzibar and discussed them with students and professors.
(Photo credit: Susanne Mohr)

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+++ NEW POST +++ on our LAMA blog: "’Wasn’t me, I swear on me mum!’ – How to spot the bad guy with the help of forensic linguistics" by Alina, Thorsten and Fabio.

Think of your favourite crime series on TV. Almost always there’s the sharp-witted introvert guy with curly hair who seemingly draws the clues from out of nowhere. Will Graham in Hannibal. Sherlock in – well – Sherlock. The guy that girls secretly like best. What if I told you that...

+++ NEW POST +++ on our LAMA blog: "WhatsApp for Dummies (AKA what your parents wish they knew)" by Sophie, Melina and Paul.

Have you ever gotten a WhatsApp message from your mom that was unintentionally walking a very thin line between hilarity and horror? Maybe it was the eggplant emoji that set you off, or the fact that she signed her name at the end–as if you didn’t already know who had...

+++ NEW POST +++ on our LAMA blog: "’It's fake news!’ - Or how reality is different to everyone" by Friederike and Dominik.

Somehow, everybody seems to make fun of Donald Trump these days. Will he Make America Great Again? Many people would probably disagree. Is he going to make the Mexicans pay for the wall? This also seems highly unlikely. Do media generate “fake news”? Certainly not. Or do they? The thing...

Save the date! The project presentation by the second generation of LAMA bloggers ( takes place next Thursday, 1 February 2018! Our 1st year Master students are going to meet their test readers, an English class from the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf, in room 1.006 of the Celtic Studies Department (Am Hof 3-5, 53113 Bonn: from 2-4pm.
Since the event is part of the “Wochen der Studienorientierung”, other pupils and their teachers are also welcome.

"Wer spricht was in Afrika?" was the title of a talk Susanne Mohr gave at the Bonner Kinderuni. It was targeted at children between the ages of 8 and 13 as well as interested adults and – it was a huge success!! Can you imagine 400 children practicing click sounds or signs used for hunting all at once?

The programme of this semester's Kinderuni is available here:
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+++ NEW POST +++ on our LAMA blog, targeted at teenage learners of English: “How to learn a language by not learning it” by Ann-Katrin, Bünyamin and Hairi.
This is the first post published by the second generation of LAMA bloggers. During this winter term again, our 1st year Master students have been writing about Applied Linguistics topics, and pupils from the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf have acted as test readers and provided feedback. Stay tuned – there’s more to come over the course of next week!

How did you learn your first language? And how does it differ from how you have been learning English? Understand the difference and your grades will benefit from it. Do you remember the day you first said ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’? Probably not, because you were still a little baby. Somehow...

New year, new website, new look!
We have completely revamped our BAEL website and moved it to a different platform. A huge thank you to our student assistants (in particular Inken and Sophie) who have done a fantastic job!
Here’s the new URL: - Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Looking for an inspiring job opportunity which allows you to work in an international working environment and gives you the chance to make a difference for Europe?

The EU is looking for Linguistic Assistants to work in Brussels (Belgium) and Luxembourg (Luxembourg). Application is open until 12pm on 23/01/2018 (Brussels time).

Follow this link: ...…
to find out more. You can also complete an 'EU Career, My Career?' questionnaire by following the links provided on the page, in order to find out whether a career in the EU institutions is interesting for you.

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Search our database of available job opportunities for permanent and temporary positions,including contract agent posts, traineeships and secondments.

The „Zentrum für Mehrsprachigkeit und Integration Köln“ in cooperation with the „Volkshochschule Köln“ is happy to announce that the „Kölner Sprachfest“ will take place on 23 January 2018. Take part in this great opportunity to celebrate different languages and cultures. You can find futher information and the application form here.

Be quick! Application is open until 8 January, but spots are highly requested and limited.

Yesterday, we got into the Christmas mood at the „Bonner Weihnachtsmarkt“!
Every year, M.A. students of all generations gather at the Christmas market for some mulled wine and pleasant conversation. Following our tradition, we enjoyed a lovely evening with about twenty of our peers!

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Professor Lawrence M. Solan (Brooklyn Law School), a law scholar, linguist and Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities Law as Culture, Bonn, will give a guest lecture on “Corpus Linguistics as a Tool in Legal Analysis" Monday, 4 Dec. 2017, from 11-12am in the “Dekanatssaal” (ground floor of the main university building: click
to see how to get there). All are welcome to attend!