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Heike Wiese

Heike  Wiese

Professor, Potsdam University

Chair of Contemporary German Language

Speaker of the Centre for “Language, Variation, and Migration”


Heike Wiese got her Ph.D. in 1997 in Linguistics at Humboldt-University Berlin, and finished her habilitation on German and General Linguistics in 2003. She has held posts at Humboldt-University Berlin, and, as a visiting professor, at Yale University (Linguistics Department), and is now a professor at Potsdam University, where she holds the Chair of Contemporary German Language and is the speaker of the Centre for “Language, Variation, and Migration”. Her research interests focus on language variation and development in contexts of urban diversity, on the grammar–pragmatics interface and on linguistic architecture, with a number of projects on new urban dialects in multilingual speech communities (in particular “Kiezdeutsch”), investigating both their grammatical and sociolinguistic dynamics.