Barbara Soukup is Assistant Professor for the Sociolinguistics of German in Austria at the University of Vienna’s Department of German Studies. She received her Mphil in English and French studies from the University of Vienna, and her MSc and PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, with a specialization in sociolinguistics. A central theme in her research and teaching is the strategic, agentive use of linguistic variation (the various styles/ dialects/ languages available to speakers in their repertoires) for purposes of rhetorical goals and interactional meaning-making, such as the construction of interactional identities, messages, and relationships. In this, she draws on and integrates theory and methodology from across all sociolinguistic sub-disciplines, notably from variationist sociolinguistics, interactional sociolinguistics, social psychology of language (language attitude study), linguistic landscape study, cognitive sociolinguistics, folk linguistics, and perceptual dialectology. A major concern of hers is to theorize and analyze language bottom-up, from the perspective of its users, in pursuit of a truly ‘applied’ linguistics. In 2014, she was awarded an Austrian Science Fund Elise-Richter research fellowship for the project “ELLViA – English in the Linguistic Landscape of Vienna, Austria” (FWF#V394), investigating patterns of occurrence and interactional functions of English language use in written public discourse.
University of ViennaInterests –
Sociolinguistics: Linguistic landscapes, language attitudes and ideologies, sociolinguistic variation and multilingualism, perceptual dialectology, folk linguistics, discourse and interaction analysis/ interactional sociolinguistics, language policy, empirical methods in sociolinguistics, cognitive sociolinguistics, language and culture, endangered languages