Prof Wini Davies

Prof Wini Davies

Chair

Head of Department (Modern Languages)

Contact Details

Profile

*Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Institut fuer Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim

*Member of International Association for Germanic Studies (on international steering committee 2005-2015)

*Member of advisory board of Journal of Germanic Linguistics

*Member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC 2007-2014 and 2017-2020

*Lead Advisor to Centre for Luxembourg Studies, University of Sheffield

Teaching

Research

German sociolinguistics, especially processes of standardisation and attitudes towards non-standard varieties of German. I have also investigated teachers' norm awareness and norm knowledge.

At present I am working with colleagues in Switzerland and Luxembourg on a project investigating the level of acceptance of the pluricentric model among teachers of German in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Publications

Davies, WV 2011, 'What (socio-)linguistic competences should we expect from teachers? Some suggestions inspired by German-speaking Switzerland' German as a Foreign Language, vol N/A, no. 2, pp. 16-39.
Davies, WV 2010, Die Rolle (laien)linguistischer Mythen bei der Reproduktion (sozio-)linguistischer Normen. in C Anders, M Hundt & A Lasch (eds), Perceptual Dialectology: Neue Wege der Dialektologie. Linguistik-Impulse und Tendenzen, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 387-408.
Davies, WV 2009, Standard German in the Nineteenth Century. in G Horan, N Langer & S Watts (eds), Landmarks in the History of the German Language. British and Irish Studies in German Language and Literature, Peter Lang, pp. 189-210.
Davies, WV 2009, Sociolinguistics of the German-speaking area. in MJ Ball (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics around the World. 1 edn, Taylor & Francis, pp. 259-270.
Davies, W 2009, 'The role of (lay)linguistic myths in the reproduction of sociolinguistic norms' Paper presented at Women in German Studies (WIGS) 21st Annual Meeting, Birmingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2009 - 2009, .
Davies, W 2009, 'The role of (lay)linguistic myths in the reproduction of sociolinguistic norms' Paper presented at Monolingual Multilingualism? Standard languages and their impact on multilingual policies and practices in Europe: a historical perspective, Berlin, Germany, 2009 - 2009, .
Wagner, M & Davies, WV 2009, 'The role of World War II in the development of Luxembourgish as a national language' Language Problems and Language Planning, vol 33, no. 2, pp. 112-131. DOI: 10.1075/lplp.33.2.02wag
Davies, WV 2008, ''Sprachkultur' in Lay and Academic Discourse in Modern Germany' German Life and Letters, vol 61, no. 4, pp. 435-450. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0483.2008.00435.x
Davies, W & Parker, S (eds) 2008, 'Standardization Issues' German Life and Letters, vol 61, no. 4, pp. 401-545.
Harnisch, R, Ono, M, Schneider-Mizony, O & Davies, WV (eds) 2008, Sektion 7: Integrative Zugriffe auf Phänomene des Sprachwandels. in J-M Valentin (ed.), Akten des XI Internationalen Germanistenkongresses Paris 2005 „Germanistik im Konflikt der Kulturen‟: Band 4. Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik, no. 80, vol. A, Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 83-218.
Davies, W 2007, '‘Die Geschichte vom “schlechten” Deutsch'' Deutschunterricht, vol 59, no. 3, pp. 52-62.
Davies, WV & Langer, N 2007, Gutes Deutsch - schlechtes Deutsch von 1600 bis 2005. in Akten des XI. Internationalen Germanistenkongresses Paris 2005 "Germanistik im Konflikt der Kulturen":Band 1: Ansprachen, Plenarvorträge, Podiumsdiskussionen, Berichte. Peter Lang.
Davies, W 2007, Normbewusstsein, Normkenntnis und Normtoleranz von Deutschlehrkräften. in EH Neuland (ed.), Variation im heutigen Deutsch: Perspektiven fur den Sprachunterricht. Sprache - Kommunikation - Kultur Soziolinguistische Beitrage, Peter Lang.
Davies, W & Langer, N 2006, The Making of Bad Language. Peter Lang.
Davies, W 2005, 'Deutschlehrer und Deutschlehrerinnen (in Deutschland) als Geber und Vermittler von sprachlichen Normen' Conference organized by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany, 2004 - 2004, pp. 323-338.
Davies, W 2001, 'Standardisation and the school: norm awareness and norm tolerance in the educational domain' Linguistische Berichte, pp. 393-414.
Davies, W 2000, A critique of some common assumptions in German work on language and education. in C Hall & D Rock (eds), Proceedings of the 62nd Conference of University Teachers of German 1999. vol. 2, Peter Lang, pp. 207-22.
Davies, W 2000, 'Language awareness amongst teachers in a central German dialect area' Language Awareness, vol 9, no. 3, pp. 119-134. DOI: 10.1080/09658410008667141
Davies, W, Wagner, M, Wyss, E, Schmidlin, R & Haecki-Buhofer, A (eds) 2017, Standardsprache zwischen Norm und Praxis: Theoretische Betrachtungen, empirische Studien und sprachdidaktische Ausblicke. Basler Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur, vol. 99, 1 edn, Narr Francke Attempto, Tuebingen.
Davies, W 2017, Gymnasiallehrkräfte in Nordrhein-Westfalen als SprachnormvermittlerInnen und Sprachnormautoritäten. in W Davies, A Häcki Buhofer , R Schmidlin, M Wagner & EL Wyss (eds), Standardsprache zwischen Norm und Praxis. 1 edn, vol. 99, Basler Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur, Narr Francke Attempto, Tuebingen, pp. 123-146.
Wyss, E, Davies, W & Wagner, M 2016, Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer zwischen curricularen Vorgaben, Sprachsituation und Sprachwissen. in H Drumbl, G de Carvalho & J Klinner (eds), Internationale Deutschlehrertagung 2013. Konferenzbeitraege. Band 8: Sprachenpolitik und Sprachenvielfalt.. 1 edn, vol. 8, Bozen-Bolzano University Press, Bozen/Bolzano, pp. 169-182.
Davies, W 2016, Commentary: Metalinguistic perspectives on Germanic languages in Europe. in G Rutten & K Horner (eds), Metalinguistic Perspectives on Germanic Languages : European case studies from past to present. 1 edn, Historical Sociolinguistics Studies on Language and Society in the Past, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 261-272.
Davies, W & Ziegler, E (eds) 2015, Language Planning and Microlinguistics: From Policy to Interaction and Vice Versa. Springer Nature.
Davies, W & Ziegler, E 2015, Language planning and microlinguistics: Introduction. in W Davies & E Ziegler (eds), Language Planning and Microlinguistics: From policy to interaction and vice versa. Springer Nature, pp. 1-12.
Davies, W & Ziegler, E 2015, Lessons we have learnt from language planning and microlinguistics and directions for future research. in W Davies & E Ziegler (eds), Language Planning and Microlinguistics: From policy to interaction and vice versa. Springer Nature, pp. 225-239.
Davies, WV & Langer, N 2014, Die Sprachnormfrage im Deutschunterricht: das Dilemma der Lehrenden. in A Plewnia & A Witt (eds), Sprachverfall? Dynamik-Wandel-Variation. . 1st edn, Jahrbuch des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 299-321.
Davies, WV 2014, 'The pluricentricity of German: conflict between academic ideal and everyday practice?' Paper presented at War and Peace in the Life of Language, Nottingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2014 - 2014, .
Davies, WV, Wagner, M & Wyss, E 2014, 'Deutsch im gymnasialen Unterricht: Deutschland, Luxemburg und die deutschsprachige Schweiz im Vergleich' Paper presented at Plurizentrik des Deutschen zwischen Norm und Praxis am Gymnasium, Basel, Switzerland, 2014 - 2014, .
Davies, W 2014, 'What is the object of investigation in standard language research: a critical approach ?' Paper presented at Taal und Tongval Colloquium , Ghent, Belgium, 2014, .
Davies, WV 2013, 'Yr iaith safonol mewn dosbarthiadau Almaeneg (yn yr Almaen) - dilema'r athrawon.: Welsh Medium Modern Languages Research Conference' Paper presented at Cynhadledd Ieithoedd Modern cyfrwng Cymraeg 2013, Newtown, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013 - 2013, .
Davies, WV & Langer, NI 2013, 'Normbewusstsein im Spannungsfeld zwischen Sprachwirklichkeit, Perzeption und Idealnorm' Paper presented at Annual conference of Institut fuer Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany, 2013 - 2013, .
Wyss, E, Davies, WV & Wagner, M 2013, 'Plurizentrik im Gymnasium. Deustchlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer zwischen curricularen Vorgaben, Sprachsituation und Sprachwissen' Paper presented at Internationale Deutschlehrertagung, Bozen, Italy, 2013 - 2013, .
Davies, WV 2012, 'Was ist der Gegenstand der Standardvarietätenforschung? Versuch einer kritischen Annäherung.' Paper presented at Sozialwissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Methodologie der Standardvarietäten-Forschung , Prague, Czech Republic, 2012 - 2012, pp. 14-15.
Davies, WV 2012, 'The pluricentricity of German: academic ideal or everyday reality?' Paper presented at 19th Sociolinguistics Symposium, Berlin, Germany, 2012 - 2012, pp. 275.
Davies, WV 2012, Myths we live and speak by: Ways of imagining and managing language and languages. in M Hüning, U Vogl & O Moliner (eds), Standard Languages and Multilingualism in European History. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 45-69.
Davies, WV 2012, 'German at grammar schools in Germany, Luxembourg and German-speaking Switzerland: a comparison' Paper presented at Forum for Germanic Language Studies, Sheffield, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2012 - 2012, .
Davies, W 2011, 'Dialect Use as Interaction Strategy. A Sociolinguistic Study of Contextualization, Speech Perception, and Language Attitudes in Austria: Barbara Soukup, Braumüller, Vienna, 2009, 266 pp., €25,90' Journal of Pragmatics, vol 43, pp. 2272-2274. DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2011.01.012
Davies, WV 2011, 'A comparative study of German teachers in Germany, Luxembourg and German-speaking Switzerland: preliminary findings' Paper presented at The Seventy-Fourth Meeting of the Association for German Studies, London , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2011 - 2011, .