Marie-Luise Pitzl

Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Email marie-luise.pitzl[at]
Project Name ELF in TIGs
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Field of research Applied Linguistics
Keywords English as a lingua franca | spoken interaction | pragmatics | intercultural communication | multilingualism | corpus linguistics | sociolinguistics

Marie-Luise Pitzl is an applied linguist who studies language use and interaction among multilinguals in intercultural contexts. She has done extensive research on English as a lingua franca (ELF) communication, understanding, resolving miscommunication, language use in business meetings, linguistic creativity (especially idioms and metaphors) and emergent multilingual practices. Her research draws on corpus linguistics, which it combines with conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis. She has a strong background in spoken corpus building and is one of the creators of VOICE (Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English). From 2020 to 2021, she was Principal Investigator of the VOICE CLARIAH project.
Marie-Luise holds a PhD (2011) and Venia docendi/Habilitation (2020) in English Linguistics and has held previous positions at the University of Vienna, TU Dortmund and the University of Salzburg. In September 2020, she joined the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH) at the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW) as an Elise-Richter Research Fellow. Her current work in her Elise-Richter project focuses on describing interactive intercultural communication in Transient International Groups. For this purpose, she is currently developing a micro-diachronic approach for the analysis of (spoken) interaction.