Dr. Elisabeth REBER
Lecturer and Researcher
Akademische Rätin auf Zeit
Office Phone and Email
Room: 5 E 21
Phone: +49 931 31-85569
Office hours during winter semester 2018/19
Mondays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm (from 15 October onwards)
Prosody in Interaction: affectivity, minimal responses
Evidentiality: epistemics, verb grammar, quotations, discourse markers
Political interaction: parliamentary interaction, news interviews, computer-mediated interaction
Interactional Linguistics: action formation and turn design in historical perspective, multimodality and embodiment
Young Scholars Award for Linguistics (Sieger im Nachwuchsgruppenwettbewerb im Bereich Sprachwissenschaft/Linguistics), Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Germany, 2009. [with Pia Bergmann, Jana Brenning, Martin Pfeiffer, Janaisa Viscardi]
Associate member of the research programme “Interaction and variation in pluricentric languages“ (Directors: Jan Lindström, University of Helsinki, Jenny Nilsson, Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg, Catrin Norrby, University of Stockholm, Camilla Wide, University of Turku), funded by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.
Associate member of the Forschungsstelle “Interaktionale Linguistik“ (Speakers: Dagmar Barth - Weingarten, Margret Selting), University of Potsdam (ILUP).
Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Lexicography, Valency, and Collocation (Speaker: Thomas Herbst), University of Erlangen - Nuremberg.
Research fellowship awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to conduct the project "Quoting as an evidential practice in Prime Minister’s Question Time" as a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), faculty sponsor: Geoffrey Raymond, 1 March - 15 July 2016.
Co-convener of the Scientific Network “Multimodality and embodied interaction” (directors: Cornelia Gerhardt and Elisabeth Reber), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 2012-2016.
Postdoctoral project “Verb complementation in written and conversational English – valency patterns in English,” funded by the Faculty of Arts, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2010-2011.
Associate member of the project “Emotive Involvement in Conversational Storytelling” (directors: Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Margret Selting), funded by the Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion”, Free University Berlin, 2008-2010.
Full member of the project “Interactional Linguistics in crosslinguistic perspective: Swedish-German-English” (director: Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen), funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), 2004-2006.
At the Institute of Modern Languages, University of Würzburg
English Syntax (summer semester 2014, winter semester 2013/14, summer semester 2013, winter semester 2012/13, summer semester 2012)
Modal auxiliaries in English (summer semester 2014)
Pragmatics (winter semester 2013/14)
Modality in English: Synchronic and diachronic aspects (winter semester 2013/14)
Conjunctions and Conjunctions (summer semester 2013)
English Morphology and Word-formation (winter semester 2012/13, winter semester 2011/12)
Evidentiality in English (winter semester 2012/13)
Conversation Analysis (summer semester 2012, summer semester 2011)
English Pragmatics (winter semester 2011/12)
Modality in English (winter semester 2011/12)
Word-formation in English (summer semester 2011)
At the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Aufbaukurs English Linguistics (summer semester 2010)
Usage based Grammar Theories (summer semester 2010)
Introduction to English Linguistics (winter semester 2009/2010)
News in Conversation (winter semester 2009/2010)
Syntax in Spoken English (winter semester 2009/2010)
Contrastive Grammar: English-German (winter semester 2009/2010)
Textlinguistik (winter semester 2009/2010)
At the Institute of German Studies, University of Potsdam
Deutsche Sprache der Gegenwart: Text, Gespräch, Varietäten, Teil 1 (summer semester 2009)
Grammatik in der Interaktion (summer semester 2009)
Deutsch-Englisch kontrastiv (summer semester 2009)
Kolloquium zur linguistischen Kommunikationsforschung (summer semester 2009) [with Friederike Kern, Bernhard Bielick]
Projektseminar „Kommunikationslinguistik“ (summer semester 2009)
Erzählen in Gesprächen (winter semester 2008/09)
At the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Potsdam
News Delivery Sequences (winter semester 2008/09)
Syntax (summer semester 2008)
Introduction to Linguistics, Part II (summer semester 2007)
Lexicology (winter semester 2006/07)
Introduction to Linguistics, Part I (winter semester 2006/07, summer semester 2006)
Affect in Conversation (summer semester 2005)
2018 Quoting in Parliamentary Question Time. A short-term diachronic study of an evidential practice. Unpublished Habilitation thesis.
2012 Affectivity in Interaction: Sound objects in English (Pragmatics and beyond new series 215), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Sarah Raine in Language in Society 43:1, 129-130. [2014, doi:10.1017/S0047404513000973]
Xue Yaoqin in Discourse Studies 16:1, 120-122. [February 2014, doi: 10.1177/1461445613510812g]
Israel Berger in Journal of Pragmatics 57, 173-175. [October 2013, doi 10.1016/j.pragma.2013.08.011]
Terese Thonus in LinguistList. [http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-4750.html]
Edited Volumes and Proceedings
In press Embodied Activities. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [with Cornelia Gerhardt]
2012 Prosody and Embodiment in Interactional Grammar (linguae et litterae), Berlin: de Gruyter. [with Pia Bergmann, Jana Brenning and Martin Pfeiffer]
2012 Proceedings of the ESF Strategic Workshop on Follow-ups across Discourse Domains: A cross-cultural exploration of their forms and functions, Würzburg (Germany), 31 May - 2 June 2012, Würzburg: Universität Würzburg. [http://opus.bibliothek.uni-wuerzburg.de/volltexte/2012/7165/. URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:20-opus-71656] [with Anita Fetzer and Elda Weizman]
2010 Prosody in Interaction (Studies in discourse and grammar 23), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten and Margret Selting]
Rebecca Damari in LinguistList. [http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-1717.html]
Stefan Baumann in Journal of the International Phonetic Association 42:1, 107-109 [published online March 12, 2012, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025100311000557].
Sasha Calhoun in Discourse Studies 14:5, 659-661 [October 2012, doi:10.1177/1461445612450378
Judith Rosenhouse in The Phonetician, vol 105-106, 118-120 [2012 I&II].
2014 “Constructing evidence at Prime Minister's Question Time: An analysis of the grammar, semantics and pragmatics of the verb see.” Special Issue ‘Evidentiality in Discourse’ (A. Fetzer and E. Oishi, eds.). Intercultural Pragmatics 11:3, 357-387. [doi: 10.1515/ip-2014-0017]
2014 “Obama said it. Quoting as evidential strategy in online discussion forums.” Special Issue ‘Certainty and Uncertainty in Dialogue’ (A. Zuczkowsky ed.). Language and Dialogue 4:1, 76-92. [doi 10.1075/ld.4.1.05reb]
2011 “Interjections in the EFL classroom: teaching sounds and sequences.” ELT Journal65:4, 365-375. [First published November 30, 2010, doi: 10.1093/elt/ccq070]
Contributions to Edited Volumes
In press “Punch and Judy politics? Embodying challenging courses of action in parliament.” In: E. Reber and C. Gerhardt (eds), Embodied Activities. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
In press “Embodied Activities.” In: E. Reber and C. Gerhardt (eds), Embodied Activities. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [with Cornelia Gerhardt]
2015 “Quoting in political discourse: Professional talk meets ordinary postings.” In: J. Arendholz, M. Kirner and W. Bublitz (eds), Quoting Now and Then. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton, 97-124. [with Anita Fetzer]
2012 “Towards an Interactional Grammar.” In: P. Bergmann, J. Brenning, M. Pfeiffer and E. Reber (eds), Prosody and Embodiment in Interactional Grammar (linguae et litterae series), Berlin: de Gruyter, 1-16. [with Pia Bergmann, Jana Brenning and Martin Pfeiffer]
2010 “Double function of prosody: Processes of meaning-making in narrative reconstructions of epileptic seizures.” In: D. Barth-Weingarten, E. Reber and M. Selting (eds), Prosody in Interaction (Studies in discourse and grammar series 23), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 295-301.
2010 “Interjektionen zwischen Lexikon und Vokalität: Lexem oder Lautobjekt?” In: A. Deppermann and A. Linke (eds), Sprache intermedial: Stimme und Schrift, Bild und Ton(Jahrbuch des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache 2009). Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 69-96. [with Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen]
2009 “Zur Affektivität in englischen Alltagsgesprächen.” In: M. Buss, S. Habscheid, S.Jautz, F. Liedtke and J. Schneider (eds), Theatralität des sprachlichen Handelns. Eine Metaphorik zwischen Linguistik und Kulturwissenschaften, München: Fink-Verlag, 193-215.
2012 “Evidential positioning in follow-ups in news interviews.” In: A. Fetzer, E. Weizman and E. Reber (eds), Proceedings of the EFS Strategic Workshop on Follow-ups across Discourse Domains: A cross-cultural exploration of their forms and functions, Würzburg (Germany), 31 May – 2 June 2012, Würzburg: Universität Würzburg, 205-220. [http://opus.bibliothek.uni-wuerzburg.de/volltexte/2012/7165/. URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:20-opus-71656]
Forthcoming "Interjektionen." In: F. Liedtke (ed., in cooperation with A. Tuchen), Handbuch Pragmatik, Stuttgart; J.B. Metzler.
2012 Review of Gerd Antos & Eija Ventola (eds), Handbook of Interpersonal Communication, Berlin: Mouton deGruyter LinguistList 23.1505.
2009 “‘Conference on Prosody and Interaction‘ am 15.-17. September 2008 in Potsdam,“ Gesprächsforschung. Online Zeitschrift zur verbalen Interaktion [http://www.gespraechsforschung-ozs.de/heft2009/tb-barth.pdf, with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten]
2006 Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth & Sandra A. Thompson. 2006. “You know, it's funny: Eine Neubetrachtung der ‚Extraposition’ im Englischen.” In: Susanne Günthner & Wolfgang Imo (eds), Konstruktionen in der Interaktion, Berlin: de Gruyter, 23-58. [from English, with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten]
2013 “Reber, Elisabeth. 2012. Affectivity in Interaction: Sound objects in English.” In: P. G. Meyer and S. Neumann (eds), English and American Studies in German. 2:1, 19-22. [First published November 2013, doi: 10.1515/east-2012-0014].
Press reviews and interviews
Thomas Gross, „Bedeutende Laute. Na, ja und so. Linguisten diskutieren über Interjektionen,“ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung No. 65, 18/03/2009, p. N3.
Cathrin Leopold, „Die Kleine Anfrage: Warum sagen wir lautmalerisch "Ahh" nach dem Trinken oder "Puuh" wenn's stinkt?,“ Leonardo – Wissenschaft und mehr, WDR 5, Broadcast on 11/05/2009.
“An interactional perspective on English as a pluricentric language: High-grade assessments in post-match interviews.” Presentation at the Workshop “Assessments” hosted by the research programme “Interaction and variation in pluricentric languages,” University of Stockholm/Sweden. 6 October 2017.
“Organizing adversarial talk in political interaction.” Presentation at the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham/UK. 14 March 2017.
“Evidential practices in Prime Minister’s Questions.” Presentation at the Department of Linguistics and English, University of Lancaster/UK. 13 March 2017.
“'Can I X' and 'Let me X' in political interaction.” Presentation. Panel “Metapragmatic units in talk-in-interaction.“ 7th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association. University of Duisburg-Essen/Germany, 5-7 October 2016.
“Quoting and action formation in Prime Minister's Questions.” Presentation. Language, Interaction and Social Organization (LISO) Research Group, University of California, Santa Barbara/USA, 13 May 2016.
“Reported speech with the verbum dicendi 'say' in Prime Minister's Questions.” Presentation. Linguistics Research Center, The University of Texas, Austin/USA, 2 May 2016.
“Gaze in Prime Minister’s Questions.” Presentation. Department of Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin/USA, 28 April 2016.
“Gaze in Prime Minister’s Questions.” Presentation. Sociology Colloquium, University of California, Santa Barbara/USA, 13 April 2016.
“Knowledge management in follow-ups in Prime Minister's Question Time.” Presentation. Panel “Follow-ups in mediated political discourse,” 13th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA), New Delhi/India, 8-13 September 2013.
“Evidential positioning in follow-ups in news interviews.” Presentation. ESF Strategic Workshop on Follow-ups across Discourse Domains: A cross-cultural exploration of their forms and functions, University of Würzburg/Germany, 31 May-2 June 2012.
“Interjektionen zwischen Lexikon und Vokalität: Lexem oder Lautgestalt?” Presentation. Jahrestagung des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache, Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim/Germany, 10-12 March 2009. [with Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen]
“‘Surprised’ oh as a recipient resource in English talk-in-interaction: Formal and interactional-functional aspects.” Presentation. Colloquium for “Discourse and Communication” (CLCG), University of Groningen/The Netherlands, 2 February 2009.
“Formal and interactional-functional aspects of oh as a resource for displays of ‘surprise’ in English talk-in-interaction.” Presentation. Workshop on Stance and Affect: Forms of Expression, Sequential Position, and Social-Interactional Function, University of Oulu/Finland, 6 November 2008.
“Managing affectivity in talk-in-interaction: The case of sound objects in informing.” Presentation. Workshop on “The expression of stance in talk-in-interaction,” 40th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Joensuu/Finland, 29 August-1 September 2007.
“Datensitzung: Konstruktion von Emotionen in Gesprächen zu Geburt.” Colloquium „Analysen gesprochener Sprache” (Director: Prof. Dr. Susanne Günthner), University of Münster/Germany, 13-14 May 2004.
“Reported speech – a practice in change?” 7th Biennial Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE), Vigo/Spain, 28-30 September 2017.
“Punch and Judy politics? Embodying challenging actions in parliament.” Presentation at the Panel “Activities in Interaction”, 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA), Belfast/ Northern Ireland, 16-21 July 2017.
“Embodying evidential positioning in news interviews.” Data session. Third meeting of the scientific network (DFG) “Multimodality and Embodied Interaction”, University of Potsdam/Germany, 30 September - 2 October 2013.
“Obama said it. Quotations as evidentials in online comments.” Presentation. International conference on “The communication of certainty and uncertainty. Linguistic, Psychological and Philosophical aspects,“ University of Macerata/Italy, 3-5 October 2012.
“Quoting in computer-mediated political discourse: Forms and functions.” Presentation. Quoting Now and Then – 3rd International Conference on Quotation and Meaning (ICQM3), University of Augsburg/Germany, 19-21 April, 2012. [with Anita Fetzer]
“Lernziel kommunikative Kompetenz: Authentische Audio- und Videoaufnahmen im Englischunterricht.” Presentation. Tagung für bayerische Englischlehrer, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany, 12-13 March 2010.
“Modelling sound objects within a practice-oriented grammar theory.” Presentation. International Conference „Interaction and usage-based grammar theories. What about prosody and visual signals?” Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)/Germany, 3-5 December 2009.
“Spoken language signs: the case of the sound object ooh.” Presentation. First Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE 1), University of Freiburg/Germany, 8-11 October 2008.
“Discussion of ‘Communicating emotions in doctor-patient interaction: an attempt at multi-modal description’ by Elisabeth Gülich.” Co-presentation. Conference on “Prosody and Interaction,” Unversity of Potsdam/Germany, 15-17 September 2008.
“Sound objects at the Phonetics-Lexis interface: A resource for signaling affectivity in talk-in-interaction.” Presentation. 10th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA), Göteborg/Sweden, 8-13 July 2007.
“Ooh! Ow! Ugh! Zur Affektivität in englischen Alltagsgesprächen.” Presentation. Arbeitstreffen Linguistische Pragmatik 2007, University of Siegen/Germany, 27 February 2007.
“Sound objects containing the vowel [u:]: Formal properties and interactional practices.” Data session. 6th Project workshop on “Interactional Linguistics in cross-linguistic perspective: Swedish-German-English,” University of Linköping/Sweden, 11-12 October 2006.
“Why that now? Überlegungen zur Schulung gesprächsanalytischer Fähigkeiten in der universitären Ausbildung.” Presentation. 37. Jahrestagung der GAL, University of Münster/Germany, 21-23 September 2006. [with Bernhard Bielick]
“Affectivity at the Phonetics-Lexis Interface.” Presentation. 5th Project workshop on Interactional Linguistics in cross-linguistic perspective: Swedish-German-English, University of Potsdam/Germany, 7-9 June 2006.
“Evaluations in problem talk.” Presentation. Conference on evaluation and text types, University of Augsburg/Germany, 22-23 July 2005.
“Problem talk - what is it?” Presentation. 3rd Project workshop on Interactional Linguistics in cross-linguistic perspective: Swedish-German-English, University of Potsdam/Germany, 11-13 May 2005.
“Konstruktion von Emotionen und Bewertungen in schwedischen Hebammen-Mütter-Interaktionen.” Presentation. 1. überregionale skandinavistische Doktorandentagung, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-University Berlin/Germany, 19-20 June 2004.
“Assessments in Swedish mother-midwife-interactions.” Presentation. 1st Project workshop on Interactional Linguistics in cross-linguistic perspective: Swedish-German- English,” University of Potsdam/Germany, 6-7 May 2004.
“Rekonstruktionen von Emotionen in Gesprächen zu Geburt.” Data Session. 10. Arbeitstagung zur Gesprächsforschung, Mannheim/Germany, 1-2 April 2004.
“Steife Engländer - kühle Schweden? Zur Verbalisierung von Emotionen im Englischen und Schwedischen.” Project presentation. 16. Arbeitstagung der deutschsprachigen Skandinavistik, Basel/Switzerland, 5-9 October 2003.
“Interaction and usage-based grammar theories. What about prosody and visual signals?,” Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), 3-5 December 2009. [with Pia Bergmann, Jana Brenning, Martin Pfeiffer and Janaisa Viscardi]
“Prosody and interaction,” University of Potsdam, 15-17 September 2008. [with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten und Margret Selting]
Workshops of the Scientific Network “Multimodality and Embodied Interaction,” 2012-2014. [with Cornelia Gerhardt]
“Methodology and multimodal interaction,” University of Bielefeld, 25-27 September 2014. Invited guests: Jörg Bergmann (University of Bielefeld/Germany), Geoffrey Raymond (University of California at Santa Barbara/USA)
“Sequential organisation of multimodal interaction,” University of Potsdam, 29 September - 2 October 2013. Invited guests: Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (University of Helsinki/Finland), Margret Selting (University of Potsdam/Germany)
“Coordination and multimodal interaction,” Schönstattzentrum Würzburg, 23-25 May 2013. Invited guest: Jürgen Streeck (The University of Texas at Austin/USA)
“Data collection, transcription and technologies,” Saarland University, Saarbrücken, 7-10 November 2012. Invited guests: Ruth Ayaß (University of Klagenfurt/Austria), Harrie Mazeland (University Groningen/The Netherlands)
“Follow-ups across discourse domains: A cross-cultural exploration of their forms and functions,” European Science Foundation Strategic Workshop, University of Würzburg, 31 May - 2 June 2012. [Local organizer; Conveners: Anita Fetzer and Elda Weizman]
“Factuality and affectivity in talk-in-interaction – prosodic resources and interactional functions,” University of Potsdam, 17-18 November 2005. [with Friederike Kern]
“Activities in Interaction,” 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 16-21 July 2017. [with Cornelia Gerhardt]
“Vocal and visual practices of minimal response,” International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA 10), Mannheim, Germany, 4-8 July 2010. [with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten]
Habilitation thesis in English Linguistics, submitted. Title: "Quoting in Parliamentary Question Time. A short-term diachronic study of an evidential practice."
Dr. phil., English Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2008. With highest honors (Summa cum laude). Thesis: Affectivity in Talk-in-interaction: sound objects in English. Referees: Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Marja-Leena Sorjonen
M.A. (Magister Artium), English Linguistics, Scandinavian Languages and Cross-cultural Communication, University of Munich, Germany, 2002. Thesis: Phatic Communion in English and German. Referees: Leonhard Lipka, Richard Janney
Researcher and Lecturer (Akademische Rätin auf Zeit) in English Linguistics, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Würzburg, Germany, 2011 – present.
Researcher and Lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in English Linguistics, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, 2009 – 2010.
Researcher and Lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in German Linguistics, Institute of German Studies, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2009.
Replacement for professorship (Vertretungsprofessur) in German Linguistics, Institute of German Studies, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2008 – 2009.
Researcher and Lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in English Linguistics, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2006 – 2009.
Graduate Assistant (geprüfte Hilfskraft) in English Linguistics, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2003 – 2006.