Mag.phil. MSc. PhD.

Barbara Soukup

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… is an FWF Elise-Richter Research Fellow in the ACDH's research department 'Variation and Change of German in Austria'. She holds a Mag.phil. in English and French studies from the University of Vienna (2000), as well as an MSc and PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC (2005, 2008).

Her research uses theory and methodology from all across sociolinguistics and beyond, notably from variation study, interactional sociolinguistics, social psychology of language/language attitude study, linguistic landscape study, cognitive sociolinguistics, perceptual dialectology, and corpus linguistics. Her dissertation investigated Bavarian-Austrian dialect as a communicative tool for meaning-making on TV (Braumüller, 2009). She currently explores the patterns of occurrence and interactional functions of "English in the Linguistic Landscape of Vienna, Austria" as principal investigator in a large-scale language contact project of the same name (FWF Project #V394-G23). The project's centerpiece is a corpus of over 12,000 digital photographs of public signage, to be stored, processed, and analyzed using state-of-the-art ACDH tools and methodology.

Publications (Before ACDH)

  • Soukup, Barbara. 2017. "Historical sociolinguistic philology – a new hybrid discipline, its interests, and its scope." Open Linguistics 3: 673-678.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2016. "Doing 'speaking the (non-)standard' in the media: Methodological implications of a 'third wave' or 'Speaker Design' approach illustrated in an Austrian case study." Taal en Tongval 68(2): 151-172.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2016. "English in the linguistic landscape of Vienna, Austria (ELLViA): Outline, rationale, and methodology of a large-scale empirical project on language choice on public signs from the perspective of sign-readers." Views 25: 1-24.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2015. "Mixing methods in the study of language attitudes: Theory and application." In Responses to Language Varieties: Variability, Processes and Outcomes, edited by A. Prikhodkine & D.R. Preston, 55-84. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2015. "Zum Phänomen 'Speaker Design' im österreichischen Deutsch." In Standarddeutsch im 21. Jahrhundert – Theoretische und empirische Ansätze mit einem Fokus auf Österreich, edited by A.N. Lenz & M.M. Glauninger, 59-79. Göttingen: V&R.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2013. "Austrian dialect as a metonymic device: A cognitive sociolinguistic investigation of Speaker Design and its perceptual implications." Journal of Pragmatics 52: 72-82.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2012. "Current issues in the social psychological study of 'language attitudes': Constructionism, context, and the attitude-behavior link." Language and Linguistics Compass 6(4): 212-224.
  • Soukup, Barbara, and Sylvia Moosmüller. 2011. "Standard language in Austria." In Standard Languages and Language Standards in a Changing Europe, edited by N. Coupland & T. Kristiansen, 39-46. Oslo: Novus.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2011. "Austrian listeners' perceptions of standard-dialect style-shifting: An empirical approach." Journal of Sociolinguistics 15(3): 347-365.
  • Soukup, Barbara. 2009. Dialect Use as Interaction Strategy: A Sociolinguistic Study of Contextualization, Speech Perception, and Language Attitudes in Austria. Wien: Braumüller.