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Project Director

Barbara Seidlhofer

Barbara Seidlhofer

Barbara Seidlhofer is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna and currently Head of Department of English Studies (University of Vienna). Her teaching and research focus is on discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and phonology, in particular in their application to language teacher education. Her publications include the books Pronunciation (with C. Dalton), Oxford University Press 1994; Approaches to Summarization: Discourse Analysis and Language Education, Tübingen: Narr 1995; Principle and Practice in Applied Linguistics, co-edited with G. Cook, Oxford University Press 1995; Language Policy and Language Education in Emerging Nations, co-edited with R. de Beaugrande and M. Grosman, Ablex 1998, Controversies in Applied Linguistics, Oxford University Press 2003, and Understanding English as a Lingua Franca, Oxford University Press 2011. She was editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Wiley Blackwell) from 2004 to 2008 and has recently founded the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca (De Gruyter Mouton), which she edits with Jennifer Jenkins and Anna Mauranen.

Barbara Seidlhofer is the founding director of VOICE.

phone: +43-1-4277 42442

Project Researchers

Angelika Breiteneder

Angelika Jezek-Breiteneder

Angelika Jezek-Breiteneder studied English and Psychology/Philosophy/Pedagogy as well as German as a foreign language at the University of Vienna. In autumn 2003, she spent a semester at the University of Nottingham on an ERASMUS scholarship. Angelika Jezek-Breiteneder joined the VOICE team in March 2004 and worked for the VOICE project as a full time researcher from June 2005 until August 2010.

In her MA thesis, she focused on ELF in Europe and assessed ‘the case of the third person -s’ to illustrate that ELF is not a ‘learner language’ but a ‘user language’ like any other.

Angelika Jezek-Breiteneder has published on topics such as the situation of ELF in Europe, the usage of the 'third person -s' in ELF talk, and challenging issues in corpus linguistics and World Englishes and is working on her PhD thesis which explores the question of appropriate perspectives for a successful ELF pedagogy.

Theresa Klimpfinger

Theresa Lehner (Klimpfinger)

Theresa Klimpfinger studied English and Spanish at the University of Vienna.She joined the VOICE team in July 2004 and worked as a researcher for the VOICE project from November 2005 to June 2009.

In her MA thesis, she focused on the role of speakers' first and other languages in ELF talk, this way demonstrating that ELF speakers exploit the multilingual resources they have at their disposal in order to fulfil different discourse functions, to apply certain communication strategies, and to communicate their multilingual identity.

Theresa has published on aspects of code-switching in ELF and methodological challenges in the compilation of a corpus of spoken ELF.

Stefan      Majewski

Stefan Majewski

Stefan Majewski studied Electronics at Vienna University of Technology and English and Sociology at the University of Vienna. Before joining the VOICE project in June 2005, he worked as a freelance programmer at various projects featuring mostly database- and network-related development. He worked as an IT researcher for VOICE until August 2010. His special interest is the XML-representation of data, making it accessible for further research. In September 2011, he finished his MA thesis thesis entitled "Design and implementation of a research infrastructure for a corpus of spoken ELF". Stefan currently works at the Austrian Academy of Sciences but still collaborates with and works freelance for the VOICE Project.


Ruth Osimk

Ruth Osimk-Teasdale

Ruth Osimk-Teasdale studied General and Applied Linguistics and English as well as German as a foreign language at the University of Vienna. She holds a CELTA diploma and has been teaching English and German as a foreign language in Austria and in the UK. Ruth has been working freelance for VOICE since June 2005 and joined the VOICE project as a researcher in June 2009.
In her MA thesis, she approached the topic of intelligibility in ELF communication from a segmental point of view, testing the influence of aspiration as well as different realizations of the interdental fricative and /r/ on intelligibility with psycholinguistic methods.
In the VOICE project, she was, among other areas, substantially involved in the the development of POS tagging guidelines for VOICE, and the release of VOICE POS XML and VOICE Online. Ruth is currently working on her PhD thesis, which is concerned with parts of speech in ELF and the challenges of POS tagging VOICE.


Marie-Luise       Pitzl

Marie-Luise Pitzl

Marie-Luise Pitzl studied English and Communication Studies at the University of Vienna and New York University and completed her doctoral degree in English Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna in spring 2011. Her MA thesis (completed 2004, published 2010) had analyzed the interactional management and resolution of miscommunication in ELF business meetings. In her PhD thesis, she investigated creativity in ELF with a special emphasis on the use of idioms and metaphors as represented in VOICE. She has published on a number of ELF topics such as lexical innovation, resolving non-understanding, corpus building, creativity, idiom variation and re-metaphorization (see publications and presentations). Marie-Luise joined the VOICE team as a transcriber and field researcher in December 2004 and worked as a full-time researcher for the VOICE project from June 2005 to August 2011. During this time, she was centrally involved in the compilation and creation of VOICE 1.0 (1.1) Online and XML.

From September 2011 to August 2012, Marie-Luise held a Postdoc position in English Applied Linguistics and ELT at TU Dortmund University. In October 2012, Marie-Luise was appointed as Postdoc/Assistant Professor (Laufbahnstelle) in English Applied Linguistics and ELT (Fachdidaktik) at the University of Salzburg, where she continues her work on ELF in both research and teaching. Marie-Luise is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca and co-convenor and founder of the AILA Research Network on English as a Lingua Franca.

phone (Salzburg): +43 (0)662 8044 4423

Michael Radeka

Michael Radeka

Michael Radeka studied German as a foreign language and Computational Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. In his MA thesis he approached parallel transformation-based learning as a general error-correction and classifier combination system. During his studies, Michael taught German as a foreign language at various schools in Heidelberg. Moreover, he worked on upgrading and the maintenance of the German Reference-Corpus (DEREKO) at the Institute for German Language (Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)) Mannheim.

Michael worked as a researcher for the VOICE project from August 2010 to November 2012. His research interests focussed on developing a methodology for annotating VOICE with POS tags, which is also the topic of his PhD thesis.

Associated Researchers

Nora Dorn

Nora Dorn

Nora Dorn studied English and Italian as well as German as a foreign language at the Universities of Vienna and Bologna. After her studies she taught German as a foreign language in Slovakia for a semester. Nora started working with VOICE in 2009 when she wrote her MA thesis which investigates the use of the progressive in English as a lingua franca. Between September 2011 and August 2012, Nora Dorn worked as an assistant to Barbara Seidlhofer at the English Department of Vienna University. During this time she supported the VOICE team in the final stages of the part-of-speech tagging process. She is interested in the field of ELF and teaching.
Leopold Lippert

Leopold Lippert

Leopold Lippert holds an MA in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna (2009) and is currently working at the Department of American Studies at the University of Graz. He has been working for the VOICE project since late 2005 and was involved in data gathering, transcription, various transcription check-up stages, the anonymization of audio files and manual part-of-speech tagging.