Monika Kirner-Ludwig

Postdoctoral AssociateDr. Monika Kirner-Ludwig


PHONE: (518) 442-4931 

FAX: (518) 442-5008 



In January 2015, Dr. Kirner-Ludwig joined the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at UAlbany as a postdoctoral associate. Her teaching and research interests focus on the highly interdisciplinary area of Intercultural Pragmatics as well as the interface between Semantics and Pragmatics, which she approaches from both synchronic and historical viewpoints. She earned her Ph.D. in English Linguistics and Medieval Literature from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, in 2013, while full-time-lecturing at the University of Augsburg, Germany (from 2010 to 2014). Dr. Kirner-Ludwig was twice awarded an 'Internationalization' scholarship grant for excellent female postdocs by the University of Augsburg and is currently involved in a number of joint international linguistic research projects. On the one hand, Dr. Kirner-Ludwig has been promoting auspicious graduate students and junior researchers over the last years, which has brought along joint interdisciplinary and interlinguistic projects on e.g. J.R.R. Tolkien's works and language (publication in progress) as well as studies into (the pragmatics of) today's youth language phenomena.

Cooperations with internationally renowned colleagues include projects on media discourse on Arab women and Syrian refugees (University of Jordan), verb morphology (La Rioja in Spain, cf., and pseudo-archaic language (University of Stavanger, Norway). She is moreover involved in two major research projects at SUNY Albany, both being mentored by Distinguished Prof. Dr. Istvan Kecskes (SUNY Albany), with whom she is working on speech patterns in bilingual speech as well as corpus pragmatic approaches into language learners’ use of modals.

Her classes at SUNY Albany cover TESOL-specific and linguistic topics:

ETAP 550 (Spring) is an English Grammar class for graduate TESOL students

ETAP 631 (Fall) is a Linguistics introductory course specifically tailored for graduate TESOL students

ETAP 687 (Summer, Spring) is a course dealing with various linguistic and education-relevant issues involving the notions Culture, Communication, and Cognition

ETAP 687 [planned to be offered as ETAP 600 from Fall 2017 onwards] (Spring, Fall) is a newly created and innovative course that offers graduate TESOL students the opportunity to support undergraduate SUNY Albany students in improving their academic discourse skills.

International Conference- The Future of Education

14th International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp Belgium

International Congress on Medieval Studies

Universitatsverlag WINTER Heidelberg

Nerthus Project

TESOL International Association

International Association of Anglo-Saxon Studies