Dr. Susan Reichelt

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Chair of English Linguistics

Room 1.43  •  Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3  •  D-17487 Greifswald

Phone +49 3834 420 3363


  • 2007: Abitur
  • 2007 - 2011:  BA English Studies, Hamburg University
  • 2011 - 2012: Mlitt Sociolinguistics, University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • topic: A sociolinguistic account of adjective intensification in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (awarded with distinction)
  • 2014 - 2018: PhD Language and Communication, Cardiff University (Wales)
  • topic: The sociolinguistic construction of character diversity in fictional television series
  • 2017 - 2018: Senior Research Associate at the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University, ESRC research project: “The British National Corpus (BNC) as a sociolinguistic dataset: Exploring individual and social variation”.
  • Since 10/2018: Lecturer for English linguistics at the University of Greifswald


  • with Dr Mercedes Durham. (2017). Adjective intensification as a means of characterization: Portraying in-group membership and Britishness in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Journal of English Linguistics. 45(1), pp. 60-87.
  • (2017). Review of Karin Aijmer & Christopher Rühlemann. Corpus Pragmatics: A Handbook. Corpus Pragmatics. 1, pp. 85-90.

Presentations (selection)

  • Genitive variation in Spoken British English - a multi-method diachronic approach. ICAME 39. Tampere (Finland). May/June 2018
  • Discourse Values as indicators of pragmaticalization in Spoken British English – a diachronic view. DiPVaC 4. Helsinki (Finland). May 2018
  • A diachronic BNC – construction of balanced sociolinguistic sub-corpora & case study. NWAV 46 Wisconsin, Madison (USA). November 2017
  • Stylised variation of hedges sort of and kind of in scripted language. UKLVC 11 Cardiff (UK). August 2017
  • Adapting the BNC for sociolinguistic Research – a case study on negative concord. 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference. Birmingham (UK). July 2017
  • Diachronic dialect shifts as character exposition tools. 3rd International Conference on Dialect and Literature. Sheffield (UK). July 2016
  • Think inside the box: language diversity of fictional television characters. Breaking Boundaries – an interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities Conference. Cardiff (UK). April 2016
  • Well, that sounds like a real grown-up talking: Sociolinguistic representation of character identity in fictional television series. 6th Language in the Media Conference. Hamburg (Germany) September 2015
  • That was a bit, um, British, wasn’t it: Scripted Britishness on American television and its comparability with British based media. 8th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe. Leipzig (Germany). May 2015

Fields of work

  • Classes on English linguistics
  • Research interests: Sociolinguistics, sociopragmatics, mediatization, stylization and indexicality, visualization, multimodality