Annelie Ädel

Annelie Ädel

Professor English, English
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Annelie Ädel joined the English Department at Dalarna University as Professor of English Linguistics in 2012. Her main research areas include discourse analysis and pragmatics, corpus linguistics, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and learner writing.

Her interests have to do with how language functions and how it is used. She takes a keen interest in 'meta' aspects of communication and finds it fascinating how we so often use language to manage the communication itself and the interaction with other discourse participants. It is also significant that the 'metalinguistic' function plays out differently depending for example on the roles of the participants, the language culture of the participants, the extent to which the communication is monologic, or whether the communication is spoken or written. In her research, Annelie tries to map how our language use varies depending on the context. 

She also tries to find what is typical and characteristic of the type of language and language users studied, as discourse is highly patterned. The types of discourse which she has studied are primarily academic speech and writing, but she has also published on newspaper discourse, political discourse and popular science texts. One of the discourse types that she has researched most extensively is writing by advanced language learners, in which she has investigated phenomena such as writer-reader interaction, involvement/detachment features and formulaic uses of language.

Her methodological approach is empiricist; she believes that generalisations about language need to be supported by authentic and, where possible, substantial samples of language data. To enable empirically-supported lines of enquiry, she has been involved in different projects involving corpus development, such as the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE), the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP), the English-Swedish Parallel Corpus (ESPC) and the Mid-Sweden Corpus of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (McCALL).

Before taking up the post at Dalarna University, she was a research fellow in the English Department at Stockholm University. She has also held a post-doc at the University of Michigan, which was followed by a position as Director of Applied Corpus Linguistics in the English Language Institute at the same university. She has been affiliated with the Program in Applied Linguistics at Boston University as a visiting scholar. She earned her doctoral degree in English Linguistics from Göteborg University in 2003.

She has been invited to give talks and seminars in Sweden, Spain, Chile, Austria, Turkey, Italy and the US. She regularly serves as a reviewer for a range of different journals and is a current or past member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Learner Corpus ResearchNordic Journal of English StudiesMiscelánea: Journal of English and American Studies and Journal of English for Academic Purposes (2013-2016).

She has experience teaching a wide range of topics in English linguistics and applied linguistics in different university contexts. She is a keen supervisor of students' thesis projects and coordinates the degree thesis courses at BA and MA levels at Dalarna University.

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