Dr Linda Walz

Linda Walz

BA (Basel, Switzerland), MA (Basel, Switzerland), PhD (Leeds)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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). Subsequently, I worked as a teacher of English and German in Swiss secondary education and obtained my Teaching Certificate for Swiss grammar schools and vocational schools (2014).

In 2014, I was awarded a fully-funded scholarship for a PhD at York St John University under regulations of the University of Leeds, which I completed in 2018. In the course of my doctoral studies, I started teaching as a visiting lecturer at York St John University.

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. My PhD thesis examines identity construction in so-called ‘expatriate blogs’ written by foreign nationals living in England. In my spare time, I enjoy climbing, running and yoga.

Further Information

Teaching

I am or have been involved in the following modules at York St John University:

Module director

  • MA Political Discourse Analysis and Rhetoric
  • Year 2 Sociolinguistics

Seminar director

  • Year 1 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics 

Tutor

  • Year 1 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Year 1 Introduction to Language and Society
  • Year 1 Language Structure: Grammar
  • Year 3 Language and Identities
  • MA Research in Language and Linguistics

Assignment marker

  • Year 1 Multilingualism
  • Year 2 Language at Work
  • Year 2 Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Year 3 Reflections and Connections in Linguistics
  • Year 3 Dissertations

Research

Research seminar talks

EMCA Doctoral Network Meeting, Cardiff University (May 2017). Data session: “‘Expat’, ‘trailing spouse’ or ‘explorer’? Membership categories and identity construction in blogs about transnational relocation”.

Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, York St John University (April 2017). Presentation: “Category negotiation in transnational relocation narratives: Identity construction in expatriate blogs”.

EMCA Doctoral Network Meeting, Loughborough University (October 2016). Presentation and data session: “Authentication and membership categories in expatriate blogs”.

Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, York St John University (February 2016). Presentation and data session: “Identity in expatriate bloggers’ narratives”.

EMCA Doctoral Network Meeting, University of Manchester (November 2015). Presentation: “Constructing identity through membership categories in expatriate blogs”.

Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, York St John University (October 2014). Presentation: “Narrating self and other: Identity construction and self-perception of expatriates in the UK”.

Public engagement

Research Bites Public Engagement Event, University of York (June 2017). Exhibition stand: “Does moving abroad make you a different person?”

Professional Activities

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

Member of the Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, School of Languages and Linguistics, York St John University

Member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

Member of the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN)

Member of the International Society for Conversation Analysis (ISCA)

Member of the Micro-Analysis of Online Data Network (MOOD)

Conference organisation

Member of the Local Organising Committee for BAAL 2018, the 51st annual meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, hosted at York St John University, 2018.

Member of the Local Organising Committee for ConSOLE XXIV, the international linguistics conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe, hosted at York St John University in collaboration with the University of York, 2016.

Publications

Publications

Walz, L. (under review). “You wanted to know about expat life”: Authenticating identity in blogs about transnational relocation. Text & Talk.

Walz, L. (2018). The linguistic construction of identity in transnational relocation narratives: Examining discursive practices in expatriate blogs. Unpublished PhD thesis. University of Leeds. 

Walz, L. (2018). Researching education for social justice in multilingual settings: Ethnographic principles in qualitative research. International Journal of Research and Method in Education 41.2, 238-239.

Walz, L. (2016). Categorisation and the negotiation of similarity and difference: Identity construction in expatriate blogs. In: Bellamy, K., Karvovskaya, E. and Saad, G. (eds.): Proceedings of the
24th Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (6-8th January 2016, York).
Leiden: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, 45-62.

Invited talks and lectures

BAAL 2018 Postgraduate Forum, York St John University (September 2018). Invited talk and panellist: “Taking risks in applied linguistics: Personal stories from the field”.

Postgraduate Forum on Applied Linguistics, York St John University (January 2018). Invited talk: “The ‘right’ way of being foreign: Creating similarity and difference in transnational relocation narratives”.

Book launch: Researching education for social justice in multilingual settings: Ethnographic principles in qualitative research, York St John University (November 2017). Invited reader and panellist.

Languages and Linguistics Colloquium Series, York St John University (October 2017). Guest lecture: “Can different paths lead us to the same place? Examining identity construction in expatriate blogs”.

Postgraduate Forum on Applied Linguistics, York St John University (January 2016). Invited talk: “Narrating transition: Expatriate identity construction in personal blogs”.

Conference talks and poster presentations

BAAL 2018, York St John University (September 2018). Presentation: “‘A space in between two major points in my life’: Identity construction through liminality in blogs about transnational relocation”.

Language, Translation and Migration Symposium and Public Summit, University of Warwick (May 2018). Presentation: “Recognisability and discursive identity construction in the transnational practice of expatriate blogging”.

Social Justice and Public Engagement Conference, York St John University (January 2018). Poster: “Linguistic identity construction in expatriate blogs”.

iMean 5, University of the West of England, Bristol (April 2017). Presentation: “Category fit and category change: The construction of identity in expatriate blogs”.

MOOD-S, University of Salford, Manchester (September 2016). Presentation: “Membership categorisation in expatriate bloggers’ narratives: Challenges and insights”.

BAAL 2016, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (September 2016). Presentation: “Expatriates’ identity construction in personal blogs”.

ConSOLE XXIV, conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe, York St John University (January 2016). Presentation: “Categorisation and the negotiation of sameness and difference: Identity construction in expatriate blogs”.

Postgraduate Research Methodologies Conference, York St John University (November 2015). Presentation: “One plus one is more than two: What membership categorisation and tactics of intersubjectivity can reveal about expatriate identity construction”.

Mapping Identities, University of York (June 2015). Presentation: “Creating online places of the self: The practice of narrating on expatriate blogs”.

 

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