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Bettina Migge

Professor, Head Of School
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
01 716 8477
University College Dublin, School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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BIO

Bettina Migge is Professor of Linguistics in the UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and since September 2016 she has been Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. She previously served as Interim Director of the UCD Applied Language Centre (2012-1013) and was Head of Linguistics (2008-11; 2016-2017). She studied at the Universität Hamburg (1986-8), University of Cameroon (Yaounde, 1988/9), Freie Universität Berlin (1989-91) and The Ohio State University (Columbus, 1991-8). She holds an MA (1994) and a PhD (1998) in Linguistics form the Ohio State University. For her PhD research, she carried out more than one year (1995/6) of field research in a small village in Suriname's prime rain forest and a total of six months in Benin. Her first academic job was at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main (1998-2004). Since 2004, she has been permanently employed at the University College Dublin. While her initial research concentrated on diachronic language contact with a focus on issues of language creation and creole genesis and language description, she has since broadened her interests to issues and methods in synchronic language contact focusing on multilingual contexts, the role of sociolinguistic methods and approaches to language documentation, language and migration and language and education with respect to lesser-used languages and sociolinguistic research on Irish English. Her empirical focus is on the Creoles of Suriname and French Guiana (Pamaka, Ndyuka ((Busi)nenge(e) Tongo; Eastern Maroon Creoles) and Matawai), the Gbe languages of Bénin and (Irish) English. Her work explores both structural and socio-pragmatic issues in language. Since 2000 she has been involved in several research projects based at the French research unit SeDyL (CNRS, IRD, INALCO) funded by DGLFLF, ANR AIRD together with Isabelle Léglise (CNRS) and other reseachers, and participated in local language training initiatives. Since 2013 she has been supporting a participatory project (DicoGuy) in French Guiana which aims to create dictionaries for several local languages including Businenge(e) Tongo. She has also engaged in funded research projects on migration to Ireland with researchers at UCD (Immigrant Council Ireland) and with Mary Gilmartin at NUI Maynooth (IRCHSS). With Donald Winford she has carried out research on the genesis of the Creoles of Suriname (NSF). She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, peer reviewed book collections with major publishers, edited several book collections and published monographs. She regularly presents her work at international and national conferences and workshops and peer reviews widely for international journals, book collections, publishers and grant agencies. She is a member of UCD's Human Subject ethics committee and currently serves on the language and literature committee of the Royal Irish Academy and the executive committee of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. She was formerly a member of the executive committee of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Head of School
    UCD, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Dublin, Irealnd1 Sep 2016
  • Head of Subject
    UCD, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017
  • Head of Subject
    UCD, School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore & Linguistics, Dublin, Irealnd1 Sep 2008 - 31 Aug 2011
  • member of UCD Ethics committee
    UCD, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2009
  • member of ACCE
    UCD, Dublin, Irealnd1 Jan 2018
  • Director (Interim)
    UCD, Applied Language Centre, Dublin, Ireland3 Sep 2012 - 31 Jul 2013

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Hochschulassistentin
    Goethe University Frankfurt, Institut für England und Amerika Studien, Frankfurt am Main, Germany16 Nov 1998 - 31 Aug 2004
  • Lecturer in Linguistics
    UCD, Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland2 Aug 2004 - 30 Sep 2007
  • Senior Lecturer
    UCD, School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore & Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland1 Oct 2007 - 1 Dec 2013
  • Professor
    UCD, School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore & Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2014
  • Member of the editorial advisory committee
    Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, United States1 Sep 2003 - 31 Aug 2011
  • Member of the editorial board
    Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, United States3 Sep 2012
  • Officer
    Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, United States1 Sep 2006 - 31 Aug 2014
  • Officer
    Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Caribbean11 Aug 2006 - 8 Aug 2014
  • Member
    Royal Irish Academy, ‘Study of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Committee', Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2014 - 31 Jul 2018
  • Member
    Royal Irish Academy, ‘Study of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Committee', Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2018
  • Officer
    Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, United States15 Jun 2016
  • Member
    SeDyL (Research unit consisting of (CNRS, Inalco, IRD) UMR 8202, Villejuif, France1 Sep 2000

DEGREES

  • PhD
    Ohio State University

LANGUAGES

  • Dutch; Flemish
    Can read and understand
  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • French
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • German
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Ndyuka/Pamaka
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review