MA in English (major) and German philology (minor), summa cum laude, University of Basel, Switzerland (2011).
I completed my Undergraduate Degree in English and German linguistics and literature at the University of Basel, Switzerland (2008). Having spent a year in the UK as a German Language Assistant in a grammar school in Gloucestershire, I returned to Basel to complete my Master’s Degree in English and German linguistics and literature (2011) and my Teaching Certificate for Swiss grammar schools and vocational schools (2014). In October 2014 I joined York St John University to work on a full-time PhD.
My main research interests lie in how identity is constructed and negotiated through language in interaction. I am especially interested in narratives of personal transition, such as produced by individuals who have relocated abroad.
In my previous research I investigated the advice-seeking and advice-giving discourse on an email discussion list for foreign language assistants in the UK and their linguistic means of community formation.
My current research for my PhD thesis examines identity construction on blogs written by foreign nationals living England. Thesis working title: Identity construction through language in expatriate blogs. My supervisors are Dr Helen Sauntson and Dr Andrew Merrison.
Selected conference presentations and invited talks
Walz, L. (in preparation): Category fit and category change: The construction of identity in expatriate blogs. iMean 5, University of the West of England, Bristol.
Walz, L. (2016): Membership categorisation in expatriate bloggers’ narratives: Challenges and insights. MOOD-S, University of Salford, Manchester.
Walz, L. (2016): Expatriates’ identity construction in personal blogs. BAAL 2016, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Walz, L. (2016): Narrating transition: Expatriate identity construction in personal blogs. Postgraduate Forum on Applied Linguistics, York St John University, York.
Walz, L. (2016): Categorisation and the negotiation of sameness and difference: Identity construction in expatriate blogs. ConSOLE XXIV, Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe, York St John University, York.
Walz, L. (2015): Creating online places of the self: The practice of narrating on expatriate blogs. Mapping Identities, University of York, York.
Walz, L. (2016): Categorisation and the negotiation of similarity and difference: Identity construction in expatriate blogs. Proceedings of ConSOLE XXIV, 45-62. Available at: http://www.sole.leidenuniv.nl.
I have been involved in teaching and assessment on the following courses at York St John University:
Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (1st year undergraduate)
Introduction to English Language and Linguistics: Phonetics (1st year undergraduate)
Introduction to Language and Society (1st year undergraduate)
Language Structure: Grammar (1st year undergraduate)
Language and Identities (3rd year undergraduate)
I have further been seminar director on Introduction to English Language and Linguistics.
I am a member of LIdIA, the Language and Identities in Interaction Research Unit at York St John University, and I am also a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.
In 2016, I co-organised ConSOLE XXIV, the international linguistics conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe, which was held at York St John University in collaboration with the University of York.