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Name: Elisabeth  Reber
Institution: Universität Würzburg
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State and/or Country: Germany   
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: Monographs


* Affectivity in Interaction: Sound objects in English (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Edited volumes


* Prosody in Interaction (Studies in discourse and grammar series), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins [with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten & Margret Selting].

(in preparation) Prosody and Visual Signals. Interactional studies meet usage-based grammar theories (Linguae et litterae series), de Gruyter [with Pia Bergmann, Jana Brenning and Martin Pfeiffer]



* “Zur Affektivität in englischen Alltagsgesprächen“, In: M. Buss, S. Habscheid, S.Jautz, F. Liedtke & J. Schneider (eds), Theatralität des sprachlichen Handelns. Eine Metaphorik zwischen Linguistik und Kulturwissenschaften, 193-215.


* „Interjektionen zwischen Lexikon und Vokalität: Lexem oder Lautobjekt?“, In: IDS-Jahrbuch 2009, Berlin: de Gruyter, 69-96. [with Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen]

“Double function of prosody: Processes of meaning-making in narrative reconstructions of epileptic seizures” , In: D. Barth-Weingarten, E. Reber & M. Selting (eds), Prosody in Interaction (Studies in discourse and grammar series), John Benjamins, 295-301.

*“Interjections in the EFL classroom: teaching sounds and sequences“, ElT journal [doi: 10.1093/elt/ccq070].

Conference reports


* “‘Conference on Prosody and Interaction‘ am 15-17 September 2008 in Potsdam“, Gesprächsforschung. Online-Zeitschrift zur verbalen Interaktion [with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten]



* Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth & Sandra A. Thompson (2006), ”You know, it's funny: Eine Neubetrachtung der ‚Extraposition’ im Englischen“, In: Susanne Günthner & Wolfgang Imo (eds), Konstruktionen in der Interaktion, Berlin: de Gruyter, 23-58. [from English, with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten]


* Editorial assistant and technical support for the online pre-publication series InLiSt – Interaction and Linguistic Structures, [http://www.uni-potsdam.de/u/inlist/] (July 2003-Sepetmber 2009)
Announced on LINGUIST :  Prosody in Interaction
 Prosody in Interaction
 Affectivity in Interaction
 Prosody and Embodiment in Interactional Grammar
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Prosody in Interaction
 Affectivity in Interaction
Courses Taught: At the Institute of German Studies, University of Potsdam:

* GK Deutsche Sprache der Gegenwart: Text, Gespräch, Varietäten, Teil 1 (summer semester 2009)
* HS Grammatik in der Interaktion: Deutsch-Englisch kontrastiv (summer semester 2009)
* K Kolloquium zur linguistischen Kommunikationsforschung
[mit PD Dr. Friederike Kern, Dr. Bernhard Bielick] (summer semester 2009)
* Projektseminar „Kommunikationslinguistik“ (summer semester 2009)
* HS Erzählen in Gesprächen (winter semester 2008/2009)

At the Institute of English and American Studies University of Potsdam:

* HS News Delivery Sequences (winter semester 2008/09)
* PS Syntax (summer semester 2008)
* Introduction to Linguistics, Part II (summer semester 2007)
* PS Lexicology (winter semester 2006/07)
* Introduction to Linguistics, Part I (winter semester 2006/07)
* Introduction to Linguistics, Part I (summer semester 2006)
* PS Affect in Conversation (summer semester 2005)
Reviewer of: Handbook of Interpersonal Communication (LL Issue 23.1505)

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