I am a linguist, working as a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the English department of the University of Zurich (UZH) and as a Teaching Associate at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). My research is mostly concerned with quantitative approaches to the analysis of (morpho-) syntactic alternation in the area of Postcolonial Englishes, but I am also interested in other varieties and languages (Pidgins and Creoles, Swiss German dialects). When I am not in front of my computer doing some nerdy stats stuff, you can find me in the mountains, helping out in scouting camps or reading at home.

Recently, I have been increasingly interested in Open Science policies at the UZH and in Europe in general and follow the news on Open Science strategies (e.g. Plan S) via twitter. Since the end of 2018, I am also an Open Access Ambassador for the SNF (Swiss National Foundation) with a keen interest in the impact these new strategies might have on the career of junior researchers.

Research interests: phonological, lexical and morphosyntactic variation, variationist sociolinguistics, cognitive sociolinguistics, dialectometric techniques and quantitative approaches, historical linguistics

Contact: melanie[dot]roethlisberger[at]uzh[dot]ch

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1959-174X