Philipp Meer, M.Ed.
Philipp Meer, M.Ed.

Professur für Englische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gut)

Johannisstraße 12-20
48143 Münster



philipp.meer@uni-muenster.de

Consultation hours: I am located at the State University of Campinas / São Paulo, Brazil.

External Profiles:
  • Research Areas

    • Varieties of English World-Wide
    • Sociophonetics & Sociolinguistics
    • Acoustic Phonetics
    • Speech Prosody
    • Language Attitudes and Ideologies
    • Language in Education
    • World Englishes in English Language Teaching
    • Language Standardization
  • Doctoral Thesis

    Standard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes

    Supervisors

    Linguistic research has only recently turned to the issue of the developing postcolonial standards of English in the anglophone Caribbean, which is characterized by diversity and complexity of linguistic norms. While the norm orientation in some domains of Standard English use has been investigated, the educational context is still underresearched, although it is a decisive context for the negotiation and inculcation of linguistic norms. The PhD project aims at contributing to the question of whether and to what degree an endonormative standard is emerging in Trinidad, the second largest island in the anglophone Caribbean in terms of population, by focusing on the school context, specifically on secondary schools. In order to draw conclusions about the norm orientation in these schools, the accents of students and teachers are analyzed and their attitudes toward accents of English are investigated. Word lists, reading passages, and interview recordings are used for an automated acoustic (and auditory) sociophonetic analysis of selected vocalic, consonantal, and prosodic features, while attitudes are elicited on the basis of a verbal-guise survey with advanced secondary students. Taking into account local, regional and global influences on Standard English use as well as attitudes, the proposed dissertation not only contributes to the discussion of the status of standards in Trinidad, but also bears implications for research on the emergence of standards in the wider anglophone Caribbean and on a general level.

  • CV

    Education

    since
    Sandwich PhD / Doctorado sándwich, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
    since
    PhD student in English Linguistics, University of Münster
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    M.Ed. English & Social Sciences, University of Münster
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    B.A. English & Political Science, University of Münster
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    Exchange Student at Hastings College, Nebraska, USA

    Positions

    since
    Research Assistant, Chair of Variation Linguistics, University of Münster
    since
    Research Assistant, Chair of English Linguistics, University of Münster
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    Student Research Assistant, Chair of Variation Linguistics, University of Münster

    Honors

    IPA Student Award - International Phonetic Association (IPA)
    GAPS Graduate Award - Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)

    External functions

    since
    Teaching English & Teaching In English in Global Contexts
    since
    Learner Corpus Association
    since
    International Association for World Englishes (IAWE)
    since
    International Phonetic Association (IPA)
    since
    Speech Prosody Special Interest Group (SProSIG)
    since
    Global Englishes in ELT in Germany
    since
    International Working Group on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages (NDV-WG)
    since
    World Englishes in NRW (WEiN)
    since
    Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL)
    since
    International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
  • Teaching

    Seminar
    Übung
    Sonstige Lehrveranstaltung

    Übung
    Sonstige Lehrveranstaltungen

  • Projects

    • Plur2019 - International Conference "Pluricentricity vs. Pluriareality - Models, Varieties, Approaches", 08. - 10.02.2019, Münster, Germany ()
      Third-party funding : Teilnehmerbeiträge | Project Number: 3300085900
  • Publications

    Books

    Edited Books / Special Issues
    1. Callies, Marcus; Hehner, Stefanie; Meer, Philipp; Westphal, Michael (Eds.). . Glocalising Teaching English as an International Language: New perspectives for teaching and teacher education in Germany. London: Routledge.
    2. Meer, Philipp; Schmalz, Mirjam (Eds.). (proposal accepted). Englishes in the Caribbean: Status, functions, and features. Special Issue of World Englishes.
    3. Durgasingh, Ryan; Meer, Philipp (Eds.) (proposal accepted). Pluricentricity and Pluriareality: Dialects, Variation, and Standards. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Articles

    Articles in Journals

    1. Meer, Philipp; Hartmann, Johanna; Rumlich, Dominik. (under review). Folklinguistic perceptions of Global Englishes among German learners of English.
    2. Meer, Philipp; Hartmann, Johanna; Rumlich, Dominik. (under review). Attitudes of German high school students toward different varieties of English.
    3. Meer, Philipp; Fuchs, Robert; Gerfer, Anika; Gut, Ulrike; Li, Zeyu. (under review). Rhotics in Scottish Standard English.
    4. Meer, Philipp; Brato, Thorsten; Matute Flores, José A. . Extending automatic vowel formant extraction to New Englishes: A comparison of different methods.
    5. Meer, Philipp; Fuchs, Robert. (under revision). The Trini Sing-Song: Sociolinguistic variation in Trinidadian English prosody and differences to other dialects.
    6. Meer, Philipp. (2020). Automatic alignment for New Englishes: Applying state-of-the-art aligners to Trinidadian English. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 147, No.4: 2283-2294. doi: 10.1121/10.0001069
    7. 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.
    8. Meer, Philipp. (. Toward interdisciplinary research-based teaching in linguistics: Integrating students into project-oriented teaching and research practices at the intersection of (applied) English linguistics and TEFL. Satura 1: 21-26.
    Articles in Edited Books
    1. 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, Kautsch Alexander. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    2. Hehner, Stefanie; Meer, Philipp; Callies, Marcus; Westphal, Michael. . Global Englishes and challenges for English Language Teaching and teacher education in higher education in Germany.In Rethinking the Language Learner: Paradigmen - Methoden - Disziplinen. Erträge des 7.Bremer Symposions, edited by Brandt, Anikó; Buschmann-Göbels, Astrid; Harsch, Claudia. Bochum: AKS Verlag.
    Conference Articles
    1. Ahlers, Wiebke; Meer, Philipp. . Sibilant variation in New Englishes: A comparative sociophonetic study of Trinidadian and American English /s(tr)/-retraction. Proceedings of Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH), Graz, Austria, 291-295. doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1821
    2. Meer, Philipp; Fuchs, Robert. . Pitch level, range, and dynamism in Trinidadian English: A comparative study with other varieties of English. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Melbourne, Australia, 329-333.

  • Talks

    Invited talks and lectures

    1. Meer, Philipp (2020 fc.). A sociophonetic approach to Standard English in secondary schools in Trinidad. Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. [subject to change due to COVID-19]
    2. Meer, Philipp (2019). English intonation: An introduction. Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil, 22/11/2019.
    3. Meer, Philipp; Brato, Thorsten (2019). Two approaches to automatic formant extraction in New Englishes: Trini-FAVE and formant ceiling optimization. New Englishes, New Methods Workshop 2. University of Münster, Germany, 29/05/2019.
    4. Meer, Philipp (2019). Global Englishes in English Language Teaching and Teacher Education in Germany. Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, 13/05/2019.

    Organized workshops and panels

    1. Meer, Philipp (2020 fc.). Sociophonetic research in the Caribbean: New perspectives and (digital) initiatives. SCL 2020 - 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, 03-09/08/2020. [subject to change due to COVID-19]
    2. Meer, Philipp; Westphal Michael (2019). 2nd network meeting: Global Englishes in ELT in Germany. University of Münster, Germany, 24/05/2019.
    3. Hehner, Stefanie; Meer, Philipp; Callies, Marcus; Westphal, Michael (2019). Global Englishes and challenges for English language teaching and teacher education in higher education in Germany. 7th Bremen Symposium on language learning and teaching at universities. Rethinking the language learner, University of Bremen, Germany, 02/03/2019.
    4. Westphal, Michael; Meer, Philipp (2018). Language Attitude Research in the Caribbean. University of Muenster, Germany, 14/12/2018.

    Conference Presentations

    2020 [subject to change due to COVID-19]

    1. Meer, Philipp (2020 fc.). The NEAR-SQUARE merger in Trinidadian English: A multi-factor acoustic analysis of spectral overlap and spectral dynamics. SCL 2020 - 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, 03-09/08/2020.
    2. Schmalz, Mirjam; Meer, Philipp (2020 fc.). Between exo- and endonormativity? A comparison of teachers’ perceptions of standards of English in St. Kitts and Trinidad. SCL 2020 - 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, 03-09/08/2020.
    3. Meer, Philipp; Brato, Thorsten (2020 fc.). Extending automatic forced alignment and vowel formant extraction to Caribbean Englishes. SCL 2020 - 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, 03-09/08/2020.
    4. Meer, Philipp; Fuchs, Robert (2020 fc.). The Trini Sing-Song: Sociolinguistic effects on prosodic variation in Trinidadian English and differences to other dialects. SCL 2020 - 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, 03-09/08/2020.
    5. Li, Zeyu; Gut, Ulrike; Meer, Philipp (2020 fc.). Co-variation of phonological features in Scottish Standard English. ISLE 6 - Sixth International Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, University of Eastern Finland, Finland. 03-06/06/2020.
    6. Meer, Philipp (2020 fc.). Tracking American influence on Trinidadian English: An apparent-time analysis of (spectral) variation and change in the vowels of adolescent and adult speakers. ISLE 6 - Sixth International Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, University of Eastern Finland, Finland. 03-06/06/2020.

    2019

    1. Meer, Philipp; Ahlers, Wiebke (). An acoustic study of /s/-retraction in Trinidadian English. BICLCE 2019 - 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Bamberg, Germany, .
    2. Meer, Philipp; Fuchs, Robert; Gerfer, Anika; Gut, Ulrike; Li, Zeyu (). Rhotics in Scottish Standard English. BICLCE 2019 - 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Bamberg, Germany, .
    3. Westphal, Michael; Hartmann, Johanna; Deuber, Dagmar; Lau, Kan Man; Meer, Philipp (). Vocalic variation in Standard English spoken by Trinidadian professionals. BICLCE 2019 - 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Bamberg, Germany, .
    4. Ahlers, Wiebke; Meer, Philipp (2019). Sibilant variation in New Englishes: A comparative sociophonetic study of Trinidadian and American English /s(tr)/-retraction. INTERSPEECH 2019 - 20th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Graz, Austria, 16/09/2019.
    5. Meer, Philipp; Fuchs, Robert (). Pitch level, range, and dynamism in Trinidadian English: A comparative study with other varieties of English. ICPhS 2019 - 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, .
    6. Brato, Thorsten; Meer, Philipp; Matute Flores, José A. (). Automatic formant extraction in the study of vowels in New Englishes: A comparison of different methods. IAWE 2019 – 24th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes, University of Limerick, Ireland, .
    7. Meer, Philipp (). Sociolinguistic variation in (Standard) Trinidadian English vowels: A semi-automatic sociophonetic study of selected monophthongs and diphthongs. ABRALIN 50 – 50th Anniversary Congress of the Brazilian Linguistics Association, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil, .
    8. Meer, Philipp; Deuber, Dagmar (). Standard English in Trinidad, multinormativity, and translocality: Implications for the Dynamic Model and the Extra- and Intra-territorial Forces Model. Current Trends in Linguistics Conference – Multilingual Development and World Englishes, University of Hamburg, Germany, .
    9. Meer, Philipp (). Mixed methods in the study of Standard English in Trinidadian secondary schools. [Poster]. New Englishes, New Methods Workshop 1, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, .

    2018

    1. Meer, Philipp; Matute Flores, José A. (). Making FAVE ready for New Englishes: Applying and modifying FAVE for semi-automatic acoustic analyses of Trinidadian English vowels. NWAV 47 - News Ways of Analyzing Variation 47, New York University, NY, USA, .
    2. Meer, Philipp; Hartmann, Johanna; Rumlich, Dominik (). Attitudes of German high school students toward different varieties of English. [Poster]. GAL 50 - Congress of the German Society for Applied Linguistics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, .
    3. Meer, Philipp (). A sociophonetic analysis of the speech of Trinidadian students and teachers. Second International Conference on Sociolinguistics: Insights from Superdiversity, Complexity and Multimodality, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary, .
    4. Meer, Philipp (). Accent variation in secondary schools in Trinidad: Preliminary findings from a semi-automatic acoustic analysis of Trinidadian vowel data. ISLE 5 - Fifth International Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, University College London, United Kingdom, .
    5. Meer, Philipp (). World Englishes in the EFL classroom in Germany: A study into high school learners’ attitudes toward different Englishes and ongoing research projects. Workshop on Varieties of English and Foreign Language Teacher Education, University of Bremen, Germany, .
    6. Meer, Philipp; Hartmann, Johanna; Rumlich, Dominik (). Attitudes of German high school students toward different varieties of English. 7th Bonn Applied Linguistics Conference, University of Bonn, Germany, .

    2017

    1. Meer, Philipp (). Standard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes. ISLE Summer School 2017, University of Regensburg, Germany, .
    2. Meer, Philipp (). Attitudes toward accents of Standard English in secondary schools in Trinidad. 7th Biennial Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Vigo, Spain, .
    3. Meer, Philipp (). Norm orientation and the issue of endonormativity in secondary schools in Trinidad: insights from language attitudinal evidence. 5th World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and their Non-Dominant Varieties. Models of Pluricentricity: Nation, Space and Language, University of Mainz, Germany, .
    4. Meer, Philipp (). Trinidadian Secondary School Students' Attitudes toward Accents of Standard English. Dynamics-Variation-System. Interdisciplinary Conference at the Graduate School for Empirical and Applied Linguistics, University of Münster, Germany, .
    5. Meer, Philipp (). Standard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes. 28th Annual GAPS Conference: Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World, University of Bonn, Germany, .

    2016

    1. Meer, Philipp; Hänsel, Eva Canan (). Attitudes towards Standard Accents in the Education Context in the Anglophone Caribbean. SCL 2016 - 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics - Caribbean Languages 2 di World: Caribbean Languages in a Globalized World, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, .

    Conferences attended

    • (2019). 1st Brazilian Congress on Prosody/I Congresso Brasileiro de Prosódia, State University of Campinas, Brazil. 04-08/11/2019.
    • (2019). ExApp 2019 - 4th Conference on Experimental Approaches to Perception and Production of Language Variation, University of Münster, Germany. 26-28/09/2019.
    • (2015). GAPS 2015. 26th Annual GAPS Conference: Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts. 14-16/05/2015.