Dr. Michael Westphal

Professur für Variationslinguistik (Prof. Deuber)

Johannisstraße 12-20, Room 322
48143 Münster


Phone: +49 251 83-24298

michael.westphal@wwu.de

Consultation hours: Tuesdays 10-12 (there is a sign up list on my door)

External Profiles:

 
  • Research Areas

    • Varieties of English
    • Creole languages
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Language in the media
    • Variational Pragmatics
    • Language attitudes
    • Linguistic Landscaping
  • Doctoral Thesis

    Linguistic variation in Jamaican radio

    Supervisor

    In recent years interest in media texts as sources for sociolinguistic analysis has grown but the media domain remains underresearched for Creole using communities. A study taking into account the comprehensive range of varieties, from Creole to Standard with the often diffuse distribution, and their interaction is missing. For Jamaica and the wider Anglophone Caribbean, radio broadcasting is the mass media genre with the most diverse linguistic variation – various varieties come into conflict on the air but also complement each other. This complex variation proves radio broadcasting in Jamaica very worthwhile for linguistic research. The aim of this PhD project is to detect the varieties used on the air, analyze their interaction, and study how this linguistic variation is constrained. In order to establish a more comprehensive picture of the linguistic variation on the air, the project combines the analysis of different aspects of radio broadcasting: The radio texts themselves are analyzed, the production of radio texts is taken into account and the project also seeks to find out how the listeners perceive the linguistic variation in radio broadcasting in Jamaica.

  • CV

    Education

    since
    Post-doc University of Münster
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    Phd University of Münster
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    M.A. University of Freiburg
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    Exchange student at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica

    Positions

    since
    Research assistant, Chair of variation linguistics, University of Münster

    Honors

    Doctoral Dissertation Award 2018 - German Association for the Study of English
    Graduate Award of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS) - Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)
    Faculty award 2009 of the Philological Faculty of the University of Freiburg for the MA thesis A History of Jamaican Creole in the Jamican Broadcasting Media - Philologic Faculty of the University of Freiburg

    External functions

    since
    WEiN - World Englishes in NRW
    since
    ISLE The International Society for the Linguistics of English
    since
    GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies)
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    Treasurer of GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies)
  • Teaching

  • Projects

    • ICE-T&T - International Corpus of English - Trinidad and Tobago component (since )
      Own funding
  • Publications

    • 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. [In Press]
    • Callies, Marcus; Hehner, Stefanie; Meer, Philipp; Westphal, Michael (in alpabetical order) (Eds.): . "English as an International Language in Teacher Education and English Language Teaching. Current perspectives from linguistics, language pedagogy and teaching practice in Germany. London: Routledge. [Submitted]
    • 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.
    • Jansen Lisa, Westphal Michael. . Rihanna Works Her Multivocal Pop Persona: Morpho-syntactic and Accent Variation in Rihanna’s Singing Style.
    • Westphal, Michael. . ‘Pop Culture and the Globalization of Non-standard Varieties of English: Jamaican Creole in German Reggae Subculture.’ In The Language of Pop Culture, edited by Werner, Valentin, 95-115. London: Routledge.
    • 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.
    • Jansen Lisa, Westphal Michael. . ‘Rihanna works her multivocal pop persona: A morpho-syntactic and accent analysis of Rihanna's singing style.’ English Today 33, No. 2: 46-55. doi: 10.1017/S0266078416000651.
    • Westphal Michael. . Language Variation on Jamaican Radio. Amsterdam: Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/veaw.g60.
    • Westphal, Michael. . ‘Emancipation from and Re-Invention of the Linguistic Metropolis in a Postcolonial Speech Community.’ In Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis, edited by Sandten Cecile, Bauer Annika, 401-418. Leiden: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004328761_025.
    • Westphal, Michael. . ‘Attitudes toward Accents of Standard English in Jamaican Radio Newscasting.’ Journal of English Linguistics 43, No. 4: 311-333. doi: 10.1177/0075424215607327.
    • Westphal Michael. . ‘Linguistic Decolonization in Jamaican Radio.’ Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 63, No. 2: 179-197. doi: 10.1515/zaa-2015-0017.
    • Westphal Michael. . ‘Veronique, Lacoste. 2012. Phonological Variation in Rural Jamaican Schools.English World-Wide 35, No. 3: 358-362. doi: 10.1075/eww.35.3.06wes.
    • Westphal, Michael. . A History of Jamaican Creole in the Jamican Broadcasting Media.
  • Talks

    • 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, .
    • Jansen, Lisa; Westphal, Michael (): ‘Performing Caribbean Identity in Pop Music: Rihanna & Nicki Minaj’. 2nd Bremen Student Conference in English Linguistics, University of Bremen, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Question Tags across Englishes and text types: A corpus-pragmatic analysis’. IAWE 24, University of Limerick, Ireland, .
    • Wilson, Guyanne; Westphal, Michael (): ‘New Englishes New Methods: Language Attitude Research on Caribbean Englishes’. IAWE 24, University of Limerick, Ireland, .
    • Meer, Philipp; Westphal Michael (): ‘2nd network meeting: Global Englishes in ELT in Germany’. ., University of Münster, Germany, .
    • Hehner, Stefanie; Meer, Philipp; Callies, Marcus; Westphal, Michael (): ‘Workshop: 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, .
    • Westphal, Michael; Meer, Philipp (): ‘Workshop: Language Attitude Research in the Caribbean’. ., University of Muenster, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Tag questions in different varieties of English and text types: A pragmatic perspective on corpus-based sociolinguistics’. Second International Conference on Sociolinguistics, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Tag questions in Trinidadian and Philippine English: A corpus-pragmatic analysis of form, function, and text type variation’. ICAME 39 Corpus Linguistics and Changing Society, University of Tampere, Finland, .
    • Jansen, Lisa; Westphal, Michael (): ‘Caribbean queen? Rihanna and Nicki Minaj’s multivocal pop personas’. Münsters Wissen frisch gezapft!, University of Münster, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘The nationalist ideology of monolingualism in postcolonial theory.’ 29th annual GAPS conference: Nationalism and the Postcolonial , University of Mainz, Germany, .
    • Jansen, Lisa; Westphal, Michael (): ‘Caribbean queen? Rihanna and Nicki Minaj’s multivocal pop personas’. Lecture Series Hotspots in Literary/Cultural Studies and Linguistics, University of Münster, Münster, Germany., .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘New Englishes - New Methods’. Guest lecture, University of Vigo, Spain, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Pragmatic variation in World Englishes: The use of tag questions in Trinidadian and Philippine English’. 7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Vigo, Spain, .
    • Jansen, Lisa; Westphal, Michael (): ‘Caribbean queen? Rihanna and Nicki Minaj’s multivocal pop personae’. 7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Vigo, Spain, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Linguistic Variation in Jamaican Radio Newscasts’. Guest lecture, University of Kiel, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Pre-conference Workshop: Language attitude research’. Dynamik – Variation – System: Interdisziplinäre Nachwuchstagung an der Graduate School Empirische und Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft an der WWU Münster, University of Münster, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Introduction to Language Attitude Research’. Guest lecture, University of Freiburg, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘The global spread of Jamaican Creole in reggae subculture’. 4th International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) conference, University of Poznań, Poland, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Linguistic and cultural appropriation of reggae and dancehall in Germany’. 27th GAPS annual conference: The Postcolonial and the Material, University of Augsburg, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Linguistic variation in Jamaican radio newscasts’. 6th International "Language in the Media" Conference, University of Hamburg, Germany, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Linguistic destandardization processes in Jamaican radio’. 3rd International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) Conference, University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Linguistic decolonization processes in Jamaican radio’. 15th Triennial Conference of The European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS): Uncommon Wealths Riches and Realities , University of Innsbruck, Austria, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Perceptions of Standard Englishes in Jamaican radio newscasting’. Englishes Today: Theoretical and methodological issues, University of Vigo, Spain, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Attitudes towards different accents of English in Jamaican radio newscasting’. 5th International conference on the linguistics of contemporary English (ICLCE 5), University of Texas Austin, USA, .
    • Wilson, Guyanne; Westphal, Michael; Hartmann, Johanna; Deuber, Dagmar (): ‘The use of question tags in different registers of English in Trinidad’. 5th International conference on the linguistics of contemporary English (ICLCE 5), University of Texas Austin, USA, .
    • Westphal, Michael (): ‘Emancipation from and reinvention of the linguistic metropolis in a post -colonial speech community’. 24th GAPS annual conference: Reinventing the postcolonial (in the) metropolis, Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany, .