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357 Contributors Jean Ann is a professor in the Linguistics and TESOL programs at the State University of New York at Oswego. Much of her work concerns sign languages of Deaf communities, and she is the author of Frequency of Occurrence and Ease of Articulation in Sign Language Handshapes: The Taiwanese Example (2006). Her other areas include immigrant languages and linguistics in schools. Gülşat Aygen is a professor of linguistics at Northern Illinois University. Her areas of specialization include syntactic theory, morphology-syntax interface, and brain and language, as well as heritage languages, second language pedagogy, and sociolinguistics. Her most recent publications include English Grammar: A Descriptive Linguistic Approach, Zazaki Grammar, Kurmancki Grammar, and “The Languages of Kapalicarsi/Grand Bazaar.” Kristy Beers Fägersten is a professor of English linguistics at Södertörn University, Sweden. Her areas of specialization include sociolinguistics , discourse analysis, and conversation analysis, and her research has covered computer-mediated communication, language and the media, comic strip language, and native vs. non-native swearing. She is the author of Who’s Swearing Now? The Social Aspects of Conversational Swearing (2012). Matthias Eitelmann is a lecturer at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany. He received his doctorate from Mannheim University for a thesis that explores the concept of cultural memory in the context of the Old English heroic poem Beowulf. His research interests include grammatical variation in English and its determining factors, language and the 358 | Contributors media, and cultural linguistics as well as theoretical aspects of language change. Ilaria Fiorentini is a postdoctoral researcher at Insubria University, Italy. Her areas of specialization are discourse markers and language contact situations. She has published articles in Italian and international journals. Her main research interests include sociolinguistics, language acquisition , minority languages, and computer-mediated communication. Michael Percillier is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim, Germany. His areas of specialization include corpus linguistics , World Englishes, literary linguistics, and historical linguistics. His research has covered the comparative study of institutionalized and learner varieties of English in Southeast Asia, the representation of nonstandardized varieties of English in literary texts, and the contact effects of Old French on Middle English in the medieval period. Paulo Quaglio is an associate professor of applied linguistics and TESOL at the State University of New York at Cortland. His research interests include corpus-based text type analysis in general and television dialogue in particular. He is the author of Television Dialogue: The Sitcom Friends vs. Natural Conversation (2009). Kay Richardson is professor of communication and media at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has written extensively on television discourse, from the shopping channel to current affairs, documentary, and television drama. With colleagues she has produced books on the history of World in Action, a long-running British current affairs series, and on mediated politics beyond the news. She is the author of Television Dramatic Dialogue: A Sociolinguistic Study (2010). Jessie Sams is an associate professor of linguistics at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Her primary research interests include the intersection of syntax and semantics, genre studies based on linguistic features, written English quotatives, and constructed languages (conlangs). Contributors | 359 Ulrike Stange holds a PhD in English linguistics and is a research assistant at the Department of English and Linguistics at Johannes Gutenberg -University, Mainz, Germany. Her research interests include emotive interjections, translation studies, and dialectal variation in British English . She is the author of Emotive Interjections in British English: A Corpusbased Study on Variation in Acquisition, Function and Usage (2016). Hanna Sveen is an assistant professor of English linguistics at Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research interests include language and gender, corpus linguistics, and stylistics, and she has published several articles on academic writing in relation to supervision and independence. In her current research project she explores the concept of menstruation from a linguistic perspective. Joe Trotta is an associate professor of English linguistics at the Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research is best characterized as an interdisciplinary combination of sociolinguistic and grammar theories with elements of media studies and cultural studies. He is also the founder and main coordinator of GotPop, the Popular Culture research profile at the Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Gothenburg. ...


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