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Dr. Anita Auer

Associate Professor (Universitair Hoofddocent)
Utrecht University, Department of English &
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS)


Anita Auer studied English Language and Linguistics, Psychology and Philosophy (incl. teacher training)

at the University of Vienna (Austria) where she obtained her Mag. Phil. in 2000 with a dissertation on

Morphophonemic Alternations in Old English. She received her Ph.D. in English and German historical

linguistics from the University of Manchester (UK) in 2005. The topic of her Ph.D. dissertation was

Standardisation and Prescription in the Eighteenth Century. The Subjunctive in English and (Austrian)

German. Anita Auer joined the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the English Department

at the University of Leiden in August 2005 as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Junior Lecturer.

       In 2008 Anita Auer was appointed Assistant Professor in English Language and Culture at the Department

of English and the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (OTS) at Utrecht University. She has been promoted to Associate

Professor in November 2011.


The key areas that Anita Auer’s research touches upon are language variation and change, (socio-)historical linguistics, dialectology, corpus linguistics, stylistics, the interface between manuscript and print, and language standardisation.









Contact Information


Utrecht University
Department of English &

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS)

Trans 10, room 1.15

3512 JK Utrecht

The Netherlands


Phone: +31 (0)30 253 6232

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