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I am a linguist and work at the German department of the University of Zurich on my own SNSF-funded project (project page). Until recently, I was employed as a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the English department of the University of Zurich where my research was mostly concerned with quantitative approaches to the analysis of (morpho-) syntactic alternation in the area of Postcolonial Englishes (including Pidgins and Creoles). I am, however, also interested in other varieties and languages (e.g. Swiss German dialects) and I currently focus on ethnolectal speech in Switzerland. 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 have been an Open Access Ambassador for the SNF (Swiss National Foundation) and since 2019 also a Eurodoc Open Science Ambassador for Switzerland with a keen interest in the impact these new strategies might have on the career of early career 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