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Dr Susanne Mohr

Education: PhD in General Linguistics

Affiliation: University of Bonn, Germany


University of Bonn

Department of English, American and Celtic Studies

Regina-Pacis-Weg 5

53113 Bonn


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Susanne Mohr is a postdoctoral researcher in Applied English Linguistics at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her research and teaching focus on varieties of English in Africa and worldwide, language contact, language attitudes, language policies (esp. in education), language documentation, corpus linguistics, morphosyntax and sign languages. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on the African continent, e.g. in Botswana, Tanzania and Ghana, which has been funded by such bodies as the German Academic Exchange Service and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. She is currently collaborating with partners at the Open University of Tanzania for a project on attitudes towards the newly introduced education and training policy in Tanzania, and at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, for a project on hunting signs among hunter-gatherer groups in Southern Africa. In a past project she worked on the linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of mouth actions in Irish Sign Language utilizing the multimodal Signs of Ireland Corpus.

Susanne’s publications include articles in Sign Language & Linguistics, Linguistic Typology, and the German national journal for sign language and the communication of the deaf Das Zeichen. Her most recent publications include Mouth Actions in Sign Languages – An empirical study of Irish Sign Language (2014, De Gruyter Mouton), a book chapter on the hunting signs of the Ts’ixa in Botswana in the handbook Sign Languages of the World (2015, De Gruyter Mouton), and a book chapter on plural mass nouns in African Englishes in Aspects of (Post)Colonial Linguistics (2016, De Gruyter Mouton).

Selected Publications

Mohr, Susanne (2016). From Accra to Nairobi: The use of pluralized mass nouns in East and West African postcolonial Englishes. Aspects of (Post)Colonial Linguistics. Berlin: De Gruyter, 157-188. DOI: 10.1515/9783110436907-008
Mohr, Susanne (2015). Tshaukak'ui - hunting signs of the Ts'ixa in Northern Botswana. In Hansen, J., B. McGregor, G. De Clerck and S. Lutalo-Kiingi (eds.), Sign Languages of the World. A Comparative Handbook. Berlin: De Gruyter / Ishara, 936-954. DOI: 10.1515/9781614518174-044
Mohr, Susanne (2014). Mouth Actions in Sign Languages - An empirical study of Irish Sign Language. Berlin: De Gruyter / Ishara.
Mohr, Susanne (2012). The visual-gestural modality and beyond: mouthings as a language contact phenomenon in Irish Sign Language. Sign Languages and Linguistics 15(2), 185-211. DOI: 10.1075/sll.15.2.01moh