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Dr Michael Kranert PhD (UCL), QTS, Staatsexamen

Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

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Dr Michael Kranert is a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

Michael studied German and Philosophy at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. He trained as a secondary school teacher in Germany and taught German, Philosophy and English in some of the best schools in Berlin. Before joining the University of Southampton in September 2018, he was a DAAD-Lector in German at Cambridge University and Downing College, Cambridge between 2008 and 2012, Lecturer of German at Imperial College between 2013 and 2016, and Lecturer of Languages at Edinburgh Napier University between 2016 and 2018.

Michael has completed a PhD in Linguistic Discourse Analysis at UCL London and is interested in comparative research on political discourse.

Research interests

I am a linguist interested in comparative discourse analysis in English and German speaking countries. In order to analyse the influence of contextual differences on linguistic features of discourse in these countries, I use linguistic research methods such as Corpus Assisted Discourse Analysis, Political Lexicography, Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Metaphor Theory. In the interpretation stage, I discuss my findings against the background of historical and sociological insights.

My PhD-project undertook a comparison of the discourses of New Labour and the German SPD at the turn of the twenty-first century, explaining apparent linguistic and discursive differences with differences in the political cultures of Germany and the UK. The project is of significance on two levels: firstly, as a means to advance the methodology of discourse analysis, and secondly as a contrastive linguistic analysis of the two discourses.

I am currently working on ‘populist’ discourses in Germany and the UK as well as on Discourse in the Workplace. Some interesting documentation of the conference ‘New Discourses of Populism and Nationalism’ I organised in June 2018 can be found here:

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Book Chapter

GERM1002 : Introduction to German Linguistic Studies

GERM1003 German History, Politics and Society

GERM2004 : Language and Society in German-Speaking World

GERM3016 : Language and the City


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