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Prof. Dr. Jannis Androutsopoulos

Germanistische Linguistik / Medienlinguistik
Universität Hamburg
April - Sept. 2012

Vergangene FRIAS-Aufenthalte

  • April 2012 - Sept. 2012




I currently work as professor of German and Media Linguistics at the University of Hamburg. A native of Athens, Greece, I did my first degree in German studies at the University of Athens and completed in 1990 my PhD in German linguistics and translation studies with a study of German youth language. After a post-doc in Heidelberg I worked as a researcher at the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim. From 2003-2007 I was assistant professor for mediated communication at the University of Hanover and then worked as Reader in Sociolinguistics and Media Discourse at King’s College London before moving to Hamburg. My research and teaching broadly cover sociolinguistics, media and text linguistics as well as critical discourse studies. Most of my research is located at the interface of sociolinguistics and media discourse studies. I am particularly interested in linguistic variability in the mass media and computer-mediated discourse and the representation of sociolinguistic difference in popular and fictional discourse. My current research themes include mediated multilingualism, sociolinguistic style, language ideologies, and computer-mediated discourse. I am editor of special issues on computer-mediated communication in Journal of Sociolinguistics (2006) and Language@internet (2008) and of a forthcoming special issue on cinematic discourse in Multilingua (2012).
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Publikationen (Auswahl)


Monographien und Herausgeberschaften

  • Jaffe, A., J. Androutsopoulos, S. Johnson & M. Sebba (eds.) (2012) Orthography as Social Action: Scripts, Spelling, Identity and Power. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. & M. Beißwenger (eds.) (2008) Data and Methods in Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis. Special Issue, Language@Internet 5 (2008).
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (ed.) (2006) Sociolinguistics and computer-mediated communication. Theme Issue, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 10/4.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. / J. Runkehl / P. Schlobinski / T. Siever (eds.) (2006) Neuere Entwicklungen in der linguistischen Internetforschung. Hildesheim: Olms. [Germanistische Linguistik 186-187.]
  • Androutsopoulos, J. / A. Georgakopoulou (eds.) (2003) Discourse Constructions of Youth Identities. Amsterdam: Benjamins (Pragmatics & Beyond ns 110).
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (ed.) (2003) HipHop: globale Kultur – lokale Praktiken. Bielefeld: transcript (Cultural Studies 3)
  • Androutsopoulos, J. / E. Ziegler (eds.) (2003)‚ Standardfragen’: Soziolinguistische Perspektiven auf Sprachgeschichte, Sprachkontakt und Sprachvariation. Frankfurt a.M.: Lang (VarioLingua 18).
  • Androutsopoulos, J. / A. Scholz (eds.) (1998) Jugendsprache – langue des jeunes – youth language. Soziolinguistische und linguistische Perspektiven. Frankfurt a.M.: Lang (VarioLingua 7).
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (1998) Deutsche Jugendsprache: Untersuchungen zu ihren Strukturen und Funktionen. Frankfurt a.M.: Lang (VarioLingua 6).


  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2011) Language change and digital media: A review of conceptions and evidence. In: Kristiansen Tore / Nikolas Coupland (Eds.): Standard languages and language standards in a changing Europe, 145-161. Oslo: Novus.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2011) Die Erfindung des Ethnolekts. Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik 164.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2011) From variation to heteroglossia in the study of computer-mediated discourse. In: Thurlow, Crispin / Kristine Mroczek (eds.) Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media, Oxford: OUP .
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2010) Localising the global on the participatory web. In: Coupland, Nikolas (ed.): Handbook of Language and Globalization, S. 203-231. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Androutsopoulos J. (2010) The study of language and space in media discourse. In Peter Auer & Jürgen E. Schmidt (eds.) Language and Space: An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation. Volume I: Theory and Methods, 740-758. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2009) ‘Greeklish’: Transliteration practice and discourse in a setting of computer-mediated digraphia. In: Georgakopoulou, Alexandra / Michael Silk (eds.) Standard Languages and Language Standards: Greek, Past and Present, 221-249. Farnam: Ashgate (Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London: 12)
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2009) Language and the three spheres of hip-hop discourse. In: Ibrahim, A. / S. Alim, / A. Pennycook (eds.) Global Linguistic Flows: Hip Hop Cultures, Identities, and the Politics of Language, 43-62. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2008) Discourse-centred online ethnography. In: Androutsopoulos, J. & Michael Beißwenger (eds.) (2008) Data and Methods in Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis. Special Issue, Language@Internet 5 (2008).
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2007) Ethnolekte in der Mediengesellschaft. Stilisierung und Sprachideologie in Performance, Fiktion und Metasprachdiskurs. In: Fandrych, Christian / Reiner Salverda (eds.) Standard, Variation and Language Change in Germanic Languages, 113-155. Tübingen: Narr.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2007) Language choice and code-switching in German-based diasporic web forums. In: Danet, Brenda / Susan C. Herring (eds.) The Multilingual Internet, 340-361. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2007) Bilingualism in the mass media and on the Internet. In Heller, Monica (ed.) Bilingualism: a social approach, 207-230. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2005) „...und jetzt gehe ich chillen“: Jugend- und Szenesprachen als Erneuerungsquellen des Standards. In: Eichinger, Ludwig / Werner Kallmeyer (eds.) Standardvariation: Wie viel Variation verträgt die deutsche Standardsprache? 171-206. Berlin: de Gruyter (IDS-Jahrbuch 2004).
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2005) Research on Youth Language. In: Ammon, Ulrich / Norbert Dittmar / Klaus J. Mattheier / Peter Trudgill (eds.) Sociolinguistics. An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society, 2. Aufl., Vol. 2, 1496-1505. Berlin: de Gruyter (HSK 3.2).
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2003) Online-Gemeinschaften und Sprachvariation: Soziolinguistische Perspektiven auf Sprache im Internet. Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik 31:2, 173-197.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. & G. Schmidt (2002) SMS-Kommunikation: Ethnografische Gattungsanalyse am Beispiel einer Kleingruppe. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Linguistik 36, 49-80.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. & A. Scholz (2002) On the recontextualization of hip-hop in European speech communities. PhiN –Philologie im Netz 19, 1-42. []
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (2000) Non-standard spellings in media texts: the case of German fanzines.  Journal of Sociolinguistics 4:4, 514-533.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (1998) Forschungsperspektiven auf Jugendsprache: ein integrativer Überblick. In: Androutsopoulos, J. / Arno Scholz (eds.) Jugendsprache – langue des jeunes – youth language, 1-34. Frankfurt a.M.: Lang.
  • Androutsopoulos, J. (1997) Intertextualität in jugendkulturellen Textsorten. In: Klein, Josef / Ulla Fix (eds.) Textbeziehungen. Linguistische und literaturwissenschaftliche Beiträge zur Intertextualität, 339-372.Tübingen: Stauffenburg.



The media and sociolinguistic change

I will devote my FRIAS fellowship to editing a volume on “The media and sociolinguistic change” that will bring together around 20 chapters by scholars from Europe, Asia and USA. The volume will focus on how relations between the media (in the broadest sense) and language in society have been theorised so far in different strands of the discipline. This responds to what I perceive as a gap in the theorising of language and media relations within socially oriented linguistics. Despite a number of pioneering and inspirational studies, there is to date no comprehensive discussion of how media language, media discourse, digital media, and the mediatisation of society all relate to linguistic and sociolinguistic change. This volume will paint a larger picture by synthesising research knowledge on a range of relations between ‘the media’ and ‘sociolinguistic change’ in the widest sense of these terms. At this stage of planning, the volume will comprise five sections: a) a section that introduces the key concepts that frame the volume (sociolinguistic change, media, mediatization) and offers an overview of how their relationship has been theorised so far; b) a section on the variationist perspective on media language as potential factor in language variation and change; c) a section that shifts the focus from media as influence to media as resources for interactional practices; d) a section that examines discourses of language change in the media; and (e) a section that focuses on the relation of media to minority languages.