Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 4pm


Thursday 28th October, 16.00, on MS Teams (Click here to join the webinar)



This webinar is the sixth in a series of invited webinars titled ‘Varieties of English’. The series explores the diversity of the English language today and discusses methods of categorisation, description of features, use and status of contemporary varieties of English around the world. As the English language and its varieties are located within histories of expansion, (post-)colonialism, and globalisation, many of the webinars investigate these histories and contemporary issues. Topics of the series will span critical issues of language variation and change, such as social indexing, attitudes and standardisation, English-based creoles and pidgins and English as a global language.


The series is specifically organised for the benefit of the MA Applied Linguistics (International) module ‘Varieties of English’ (Dr Maria Rieder) and will be pitched at postgraduate students, but all are very welcome to attend.



Bio: Raymond Hickey was born in Dublin in 1954 and studied for his MA in Trinity College, Dublin and did his PhD at Kiel, Germany in 1980. He completed his second doctorate (German Habilitation) in Bonn in 1985 and has held professorial appointments at four German universities (Bonn, Munich, Bayreuth, Essen). He has travelled widely, lecturing in linguistics and has been visiting professor at a number of universities. He is currently professor at the Department of Anglophone Studies, University of Duisburg and Essen, Germany and holds the chair for General Linguistics and Varieties of English.

His main research interests are varieties of English (especially Irish English and Dublin English) and general questions of language contact, variation and change as well as computer corpus processing. In the latter area he has published many books, such as Corpus Presenter(including A Corpus of Irish English) (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2003). In the former areas his most recent book publications are A Source Book for Irish English (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2002), Motives for Language Change (Cambridge: University Press, 2003), Collecting Views on Language Change (special issue of Language Sciences, 2002), A Sound Atlas of Irish English (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004), Legacies of Colonial English (Cambridge: University Press, 2004), Dublin English. Evolution and Change (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2005), Irish English. History and Present-day Forms (Cambridge: University Press, 2007), The Handbook of Language Contact (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Eighteenth-Century English (Cambridge: University Press, 2010), Varieties of English in Writing (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2010), The Dialects of Irish (Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton, 2011), Researching the Languages of Ireland (Uppsala: University Press, 2011), Eighteenth-Century English (Cambridge: University Press, 2010), Areal Features of the Anglophone World (Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton, 2012), The Sound Structure of Modern Irish (Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton, 2014), A Dictionary of Varieties of English (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014),  Researching Northern English (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015), Sociolinguistics in Ireland (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Listening to the Past. Audio Records of Accents of English (Cambridge: University Press, 2017), The Handbook of Areal Linguistics (Cambridge: University Press, 2017), Keeping in Touch. Emigrant letters across the English-speaking world (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2019), English in multilingual South Africa (Cambridge: University Press, 2020), English in the German-speaking World (Cambridge: University Press, 2020) . He has also published over many articles on various issues in linguistics and produced an electronic corpus of Irish English as well as comprehensive software for text analysis.