Advisory members

ERBIS is honored to have distinguished scholars as permanent advisors. ERBIS Advisory Members are Karlfried Knapp, Elizabeth Lanza, Li Wei and Wolfgang Wölck. For a quick link to any specific advisory member, just click on the name in blue.

Karlfried Knapp

University of Erfurt, Germany kk

Karlfried Knapp, Dr. phil. habil., Prof. hc., is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Erfurt in Germany and founder of the university's Language Center. Dr. Knapp holds a Honorary Professorship at Beijing Capital Normal University in China. He has several research specializations, but most central have been the role of language in intercultural communication and the role of English as a Lingua Franca.

From 2002 until 2008, Professor Knapp was Secretary General of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA). Together with Gerd Antos, he is the General Editor of the Mouton de Gruyter Handbooks of Applied Linguistics series. In that series, Dr. Knapp co-edited a volume on foreign language communication and learning. Another ERBIS associate member, Dr. Li Wei, co-edited another volume in the series.

Connections past and present: Dr. Knapp and Dr. De Houwer met at the Bristol Sociolinguistics Symposium in 2000. Dr. De Houwer was present at the 2002 AILA conference in Singapore at which Dr. Knapp was elected Secretary General (Dr. De Houwer's own involvement with AILA at the time included the coordination of the AILA Committee on Child Language). Dr. Knapp invited Dr. De Houwer to speak in Erfurt on several occasions and Dr. De Houwer hosted Dr. Knapp in Belgium several times as well. It is through Dr. Knapp that Dr. De Houwer found out about a job opening in Erfurt, where she eventually took over from Dr. Knapp as Director of the Language Center. Together with Dr. Knapp's former assistant, Dr. Antje Wilton (another ERBIS associate member), Dr. De Houwer edited a book in Dr. Knapp's honor. The volume is part of the official AILA book series. Dr. Knapp was so kind as to open the ERBIS symposium on May 6, 2011.

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Elizabeth Lanza

University of Oslo, Norway el

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Li Wei

Birkbeck College, U.K. lw

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/linguistics/our-staff/li-wei

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Wolfgang Wölck

University at Buffalo, U.S.A. ww

Wolfgang (‘Wolf’) Wölck, Professor of Linguistics and Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor of the State University of New York in the USA and Honorary Professor of the National University of Peru, has had lifelong experience with bilingualism both personally and professionally. Amongst others, Dr. Wölck is a specialist on language attitudes in bilingual societies and on contact-induced language change. He is the author of the now widely used term “ethnolect”. Dr. Wölck is a DAAD Research Ambassador.

Connections past and present: Dr. Wölck's introduction of the terms ‘Language A’ and ‘Language Alpha’ in a 1987 publication inspired Dr. De Houwer to use this terminology to refer to the two languages that are spoken to a baby raised bilingually from birth. In the early 90‘s Wolf was Annick's mentor for a project on adult attitudes to child language. They have published together (a list of joint works can be downloaded here) and Dr. De Houwer was an editorial consultant for the 1995 de Gruyter Handbook of Contact Linguistics that Dr. Wölck co-edited with Hans Goebl, Peter Nelde and Zdenek Stary. Dr. Wölck was an invited speaker at the University of Erfurt in the framework of the doctoral colloquium series and taught a seminar there in 2010. He was instrumental in introducing Lena De Mol to Dr. De Houwer. Lena is now an ERBIS member and one of Annick's doctoral students at the University of Erfurt.

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