Matthias KREBS, M.A.
Office Phone and Email
Room: 5 U 11
Phone: +49 931 31-86706
Office Hours during summer break
Tuesday, 16 August 4-5pm
after that date only upon appointment
Second Language Phonetics and Phonology, Second Language Acquisition, Language variation, Speech Accommodation, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Syntax
Structural characteristics of L2 English of German learners; The influence of social factors and Second Language Acquisition on the development of L2 varieties of English; The correlation of variation and proficiency; Glottaling and Glottalisation; Interlanguage; Language identity; Accommodation; the influence of television and media on accent acquisition/change
PhD project: “Target accents and (allophonic) variation in non-native English”
At present I am a research fellow in English Linguistics at the University of Würzburg. My research focuses especially on synchronic varieties of English and second language phonetics and phonology by German learners of English. I teach undergraduate courses on Phonetics and Phonology, and Pragmatics.
I am interested in the fabric of communication, in segmental as well as suprasegmental aspects of speech and the implications made by partners in conversation, be they on the level of sound or speech act. What strategies do speakers have to create sympathy or antipathy with their counterpart, and how are those strategies quantifiable, also with empirical methods? What influence does the speaker have on their speech, and what influence does the outside world have? Having learned the English language mostly through media such as television myself, the answer to the question of language change through (inanimate) outside input is of great interest to me.
Next to my work at the University, I am an avid member in the University’s English Drama Group, where I played several parts throughout the past 10 years, on- as well as off-stage, including leading roles in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, Joseph Kesselring’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Woman in Mind’, to name a few. Off-stage, I have accompanied many productions as a speech and accent coach.
University of Würzburg (2011 – 2015)
Introduction to English Linguistics
English Phonetics and Phonology
Exam preparation GHR
Exam preparation GYM
Grammar: theory and practice
The Syntax of Conversation
Varieties of English
Publications and Presentations
(Forthcoming 2016) Krebs, Matthias: “Sprache der Pornographie, Pornographie der Sprache”. In Schulze, D. and A. Stiebritz (eds.), Kulturen der Pornografie. Würzburg: UP.
2015 “Sprache der Pornographie, Pornographie der Sprache”, Ringvorlesung Kulturen der Pornografie, University of Würzburg
2015 “The sociophonetics of t-glottaling”, Linguistisches Kolloquium, University of Würzburg
2011-present Research fellow and lecturer, University of Würzburg
Thesis topic: “Target accents and (allophonic) variation in non-native English"
2004-2010 English and French studies, University of Würzburg, graduation 2010 (Magister Artium)
2003-2004 Work experiences in Wedau-Kliniken Duisburg and St.Marien Hospital Mülheim/Ruhr
1994-2003 High School, Otto-Pankok-Schule Mülheim an der Ruhr
09/2007-03/2008 Foreign language assistant for the PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst), Versailles