I currently work at the University of Hamburg as professor in German and media linguistics. I moved to Hamburg in October 2009 after two years as Reader in Sociolinguistics and Media Discourse at King’s College London . From 2003-2007 I was assistant professor for mediated communication at the University of Hanover. Before that, I was a researcher at the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim and a post-doc in Heidelberg, where I completed my PhD in German linguistics and translation studies. I did my first degree in German studies at the University of Athens, in the city where I was born and lived until my mid-20s.
My work is at the interface of sociolinguistics and media discourse studies. I am interested in the relationship between linguistic differentiation and mediation, in the broadest sense of these terms. I have carried out research on a range of mediated (in the sense of ‘non face-to-face’) genres, including news discourse, fiction and performance, advertising, pop music, computer-mediated communication and texting, against the backdrop of more established perspectives in sociolinguistics such as language and age, language and identity, code-switching and multilingualism, style and heteroglossia. My research on computer-mediated communication focuses in particular on the relationship between technology, agency, and interaction and its implications for linguistic variability and stylistic practice.