Prof. Dr. Dagmar DeuberDagmar Deuber

Chair of Variation Linguistics


Englisches Seminar
Johannisstraße 12-20
D - 48143 Münster

Room: 127
Phone: +49 (0) 251 - 83 - 2 56 03
E-Mail: deuber

Administration: Jutta Heuger



Nigerian Pidgin In Lagos English In The Caribbean
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  • Research Areas

    • varieties of English world-wide (special focus: Caribbean)
    • English-based Pidgins and Creoles
    • language contact
    • sociolinguistics
    • corpus linguistics
    • language use in media
  • CV


    Post-doctoral degree (‘Habilitation’) in English Philology, University of Freiburg
    PhD in English Philology, University of Freiburg
    PhD scholarship, German National Academic Foundation
    Visiting PhD student, Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria (DAAD scholarship)
    MA in English, German and Romance Philologies, University of Freiburg
    Visiting student, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (DAAD scholarship)
    Visiting student, University of Durham, UK (DAAD scholarship)


    Chair of Variation Linguistics, English Department, University of Münster
    Assistant professor, English Department, University of Freiburg
    Visiting researcher and lecturer, Department of Liberal Arts, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (DAAD scholarship)
    Research assistant, English Department, University of Freiburg
    Research assistant in DFG project "Sprache als Mittel der Identitätskonstitution und Abgrenzung" as part of SFB 541 "Identities and Alterities", University of Freiburg
    Research assistant in DFG project "Sprache als Mittel der Identitätskonstitution und Abgrenzung" as part of SFB 541 "Identities and Alterities", University of Freiburg

    External Functions

    Editorial board member, Journal of English Linguistics
    Member of the editorial advisory committee, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
    English World-Wide (Editorial board, member)
  • Projects

    In Process
  • Publications

    Books (Monographs)


    Articles in Scientific Journals, Newspapers or Magazines
    Research Articles (Journals)
    • Meer, Philipp; Fuchs, Robert; Deuber, Dagmar; Lacoste, Véronique; Hänsel, Eva Canan. . ‘Prosodic variation of English in Dominica, Grenada, and Trinidad.’ World Englishes 42, No. 1: 48–72. doi: 10.1111/weng.12615.
    • Shakir, Muhammad; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Compiling a corpus of South Asian online Englishes: A report, some reflections and a pilot study.’ ICAME Journal 47, No. 1: 119–139. doi: 10.2478/icame-2023-0007.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Hackert, Stephanie; Hänsel, Eva Canan; Laube, Alexander; Hejrani, Mahyar; Laliberté, Catherine. . ‘The norm orientation of English in the Caribbean: A comparative study of newspaper writing from ten countries.’ American Speech 97, No. 3: 265–310. doi: 10.1215/00031283-8791736.
    • Hänsel, Eva Canan; Westphal, Michael; Meer, Philipp; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Context matters: Grenadian students' attitudes towards newscasters' and teachers' accents.Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 37, No. 1: 16–52. doi: 10.1075/jpcl.00085.han.
    • Westphal, Michael; Lau, Ka Man; Hartmann, Johanna; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Phonetic variation in Standard English spoken by Trinidadian professionals.’ Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 37, No. 2: 357–394. doi: 10.1075/jpcl.00098.wes.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Hänsel, Eva Canan; Westphal, Michael. . ‘Quotative be like in Trinidadian English.’ World Englishes 40, No. 3: 1–23. doi: 10.1111/weng.12465.
    • Meer, Philipp; Westphal, Michael; Hänsel, Eva Canan; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Trinidadian secondary school students' attitudes toward accents of Standard English.’ Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 34, No. 1: 83–125. doi: 10.1075/jpcl.00029.mee.
    • Hänsel, Eva Canan; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘The interplay of the national, regional, and global in standards of English: A recognition survey of newscaster accents in the Caribbean.’ English World-Wide 40, No. 3: 241–268. doi: 10.1075/eww.00031.han.
    • Shakir, Muhammad; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘A multidimensional analysis of Pakistani and U.S. English blogs and columns.’ English World-Wide 40, No. 1: 1–23. doi: 10.1075/eww.00020.sha.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Leimgruber, Jakob R. E.; Sand Andrea. . ‘Singaporean internet chit chat compared to informal spoken language.’ Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 33, No. 1: 48–91. doi: 10.1075/jpcl.00002.deu.
    • Shakir, Muhammad; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘A multidimensional study of interactive registers in Pakistani and US English.’ World Englishes 37, No. 4: 607–623. doi: 10.1111/weng.12352.
    • Wilson, Guyanne; Westphal, Michael; Hartmann, Johanna; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘The use of question tags in different text types of Trinidadian English.’ World Englishes 36, No. 4: 726–743. doi: 10.1111/weng.12247.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Leung, Glenda. . ‘Investigating attitudes towards an emerging standard of English: Evaluations of newscasters' accents in Trinidad.’ Multilingua 32, No. 3: 289–319. doi: 10.1515/multi-2013-0014.
    • Hänsel, Eva; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Globalization, postcolonial Englishes, and the English language press in Kenya, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago.’ World Englishes 32, No. 3: 338–357. doi: 10.1111/weng.12035.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Towards endonormative standards of English in the Caribbean: A study of students' beliefs and school curricula.’ Language, Culture and Curriculum 26, No. 2: 109–127. doi: 10.1080/07908318.2013.794816.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Modal verb usage at the interface of English and a related Creole: A corpus-based study of can/could and will/would in Trinidadian English.’ Journal of English Linguistics 38, No. 2: 105–142. doi: 10.1177/0075424209348151.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . Standard English and situational variation: Sociolinguistic considerations in the compilation of ICE-Trinidad and Tobago.’ ICAME Journal 34: 24–40.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘"The English we speaking": Morphological and syntactic variation in educated Jamaican speech.’ Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 24, No. 1: 1–52. doi: 10.1075/jpcl.24.1.02deu.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Hinrichs, Lars. . ‘Dynamics of orthographic standardization in Jamaican Creole and Nigerian Pidgin.’ World Englishes 26, No. 1: 22–47. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-971X.2007.00486.x.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘"First year of nation's return to government of make you talk your own make I talk my own": Anglicisms versus pidginization in news translations into Nigerian Pidgin.’ English World-Wide 23, No. 2: 195–222. doi: 10.1075/eww.23.2.03deu.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Ethnicity versus national integration in Nigeria: A sociolinguistic perspective.’ Journal of Cultural Studies 2: 206–218. doi: 10.4314/jcs.v2i1.6243.
    Review (Journals)
    Research Articles in Edited Proceedings (Conferences)
    Book Contributions
    Research Article (Book Contributions)
    • Westphal, Michael; Brüggemann, Katharina; Fischer, Kathi; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Sociolinguistic competence and TEIL: A study of the sociolinguistic awareness and perceptions of be like among German learners of English.’ In Glocalising Teaching English as an International Language: New Perspectives for Teaching and Teacher Education in Germany, edited by Callies, Marcus; Hehner, Stefanie; Meer, Philipp; Westphal, Michael, 121–138. London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003090106-10.
    • Meer, Philipp; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Standard English in Trinidad: Multinormativity, translocality, and implications for the Dynamic Model and the EIF Model.’ In Modelling World Englishes: A Joint Approach to Postcolonial and Non-Postcolonial Englishes, edited by Buschfeld, Sarah; Kautzsch, Alexander, 274–297. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. doi: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445863.003.0013.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Hänsel, Eva Canan. . ‘The English of current Caribbean newspapers: American, British, in between or neither?’ In Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture, edited by Wiegand, Viola; Mahlberg, Michaela, 43–74. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. doi: 10/1515/9783110489071_003.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘The Indian tabloid in English: What type of community does it speak to, and how?’ In Contested Communities: Communication, Narration, Imagination, edited by Mühleisen, Susanne, 113–128. Leiden: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004335288_009.
    • Hackert, Stephanie; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘American influence on written Caribbean English: A diachronic analysis of newspaper reportage in the Bahamas and in Trinidad and Tobago.’ In Grammatical Change in English World-Wide, edited by Collins, Peter, 389–410. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/scl.67.16hac.
    • Leung, Glenda Alicia; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Indo-Trinidadian speech: An investigation into a popular stereotype surrounding pitch.’ In English in the Indian Diaspora, edited by Hundt, Marianne; Sharma, Devyani, 9–27. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/veaw.g50.02leu.
    • Hackert, Stephanie; Deuber, Dagmar; Biewer, Carolin; Hilbert, Michaela. . Modals of possibility, ability and permission in selected New Englishes.’ In Corpus Linguistics and Variation in English: Focus on Non-Native Englishes, edited by Huber, Magnus; Mukherjee, Joybrato, -. Helsinki: VARIENG.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Sand, Andrea. . Computer-mediated communication in Singapore: Spoken language features in weblogs and a discussion forum.’ In Anglistentag 2012 Potsdam: Proceedings, edited by Röder, Katrin; Wischer, Ilse, 385–396. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Youssef, Valerie. . ‘Trinidadian Creole.’ In The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English, edited by Kortmann, Bernd; Lunkenheimer, Kerstin, 320–328. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. doi: 10.1515/9783110280128.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Biewer, Carolin; Hackert, Stephanie; Hilbert, Michaela. . ‘Will and would in selected New Englishes: General and variety-specific tendencies.’ In Mapping Unity and Diversity in English World-Wide: Corpus-Based Studies of New Englishes, edited by Hundt, Marianne; Gut, Ulrike, 77–102. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/veaw.g43.04deu.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘The creole continuum and individual agency: Approaches to stylistic variation in Jamaica.’ In Variation in the Caribbean: From Creole Continua to Individual Agency, edited by Hinrichs, Lars; Farquharson, Joseph T., 133–161. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/cll.37.09deu.
    • Hinrichs, Lars; Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Writing non-standardized Pidgin/Creole languages in computer-mediated communication: A comparison of orthographic strategies in Jamaican Creole and Nigerian Pidgin.’ In Sprach- und Kulturkontakt in den Neuen Medien, edited by Kleinberger Günther, Ulla; Wagner, Franc, 97–134. Bern: Peter Lang. doi: 10.3726/978-3-0351-0079-2.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Standard English in the secondary school in Trinidad: Problems - properties - prospects.’ In World Englishes - Problems, Properties and Prospects: Selected Papers from the 13th IAWE Conference, edited by Hoffmann, Thomas; Siebers, Lucia, 83–104. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/veaw.g40.08deu.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Caribbean ICE corpora: Some issues for fieldwork and analysis.’ In Corpora: Pragmatics and Discourse. Papers from the 29th International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 29), edited by Jucker, Andreas H.; Hundt, Marianne; Schreier, Daniel, 425–450. Amsterdam: Rodopi. doi: 10.1163/9789042029101_022.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘Aspects of variation in educated Nigerian Pidgin: Verbal structures.’ In Structure and Variation in Language Contact, edited by Deumert, Ana; Durrleman, Stéphanie, 243–261. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/cll.29.14deu.
    • Deuber, Dagmar; Oloko, Patrick. . ‘Linguistic and literary development of Nigerian Pidgin: The contribution of radio drama.’ In The Politics of English as a World Language: New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies., edited by Mair, Christian, 289–303. Amsterdam: Rodopi. doi: 10.1163/9789401200929_022.
    Entries in Encyclopediae (Book Contributions)
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . Syntax.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann, Bernd, -. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . Substitution test.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann, Bernd, -. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . Style.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann, Bernd, -. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . Interactional sociolinguistics.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann, Bernd, -. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . Creole continuum.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann Bernd, -. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . Constituent test.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann, Bernd, -. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Supervised Theses

    Doctoral Studies

    Hänsel, Eva CananStandard accents in the Grenadian secondary and tertiary educational system: A study of attitudes and usage
    Hartmann, JohannaMobile outer circle speakers’ attitudes towards different varieties of English
    Durgasingh, RyanInfluences on Trinidadian English Morphosyntax
    Gao, CuicuiMetadiscourse in Academic Lectures: A Comparative Analysis of MOOCs and University Lectures
    Lau, Ka ManLanguage use in social media marketing in Hong Kong: Variation and attitudes
    Meer, PhilippStandard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes
    Gerfer, AnikaWhite appropriation of Jamaican Creole in reggae and dancehall music
    Jansen, LisaEnglish rock and pop performances: A sociolinguistic investigation of British and American language perceptions and attitudes
    Li, ZeyuAcquisition of Rhoticity by Second Language (L2) Learners of English
    Muhammad, ShakirA corpus based comparison of variation in online registers of Pakistani English using MD analysis
    Oyebola Kehinde, FolajimiAttitudes of Nigerians towards Accents of English
    Westphal, MichaelLinguistic variation in Jamaican radio
    Wilson, Guyanne AlexisThe Sociolinguistics of Singing: Dialect and Style in Classical Choral Singing in Trinidad

    Postdoctoral Study

    Pragmatic variation worldwide: A variational-pragmatic analysis of question tags in different varieties of English