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Dr. Beke Hansen

Dr. Beke Hansen


☎ +49 761 203-3321

R 4222 | KG IV









Since 10/2018

Assistant Professor
Chair of English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

2015 – 2018

Research Associate
Chair of English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Matthias Meyer
(Postdoctoral Position)
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

2013 – 2017

Research Associate
Chair of English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Lieselotte Anderwald
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

2012 Research Associate
Chair of English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Lieselotte Anderwald
(Doctoral Position)
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel



2013 – 2017

Doctoral Studies
Dissertation Title: "Variation and change in the modal systems of World Englishes"
Awarded the Faculty Prize of the Philosophische Fakultät,  Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel


Master of Education
Teaching Certificate for Gymnasia, English & Latin

2011 – 2012

Studied at the University of Bristol

2010 Bachelor of Arts
Lehramt, English and American Studies & Latin Philology



  • Language variation and change
  • World Englishes
  • Aboriginal Englishes (insbesondere First Nations English Dialects)
  • Modality
  • Syntactic alternations
  • Quotatives





  • 2020 | New Englishes New Methods Workshop, digital
    "From long shot to close-up: Studying sociolinguistic variation with ICE"

  • 2020 | Guest Lecture at Saarland University, digital
    "Investigating variation and change in New Englishes at the interface of Corpus Linguistics and Sociolinguistics"

  • 2020 | Emerging Scholars' Forum, Society for Canadian Studies, digital
    "Maria Campbell's Village English: A historically accurate representation of spoken Indigenous English?"

  • 2019 | Yearly Meeting of the Society for Canadian Studies, Grainau
    "A (socio-)linguistic description of First Nations Englishes" (Posterpräsentation)

  • 2018 | ICEM'18, Madrid
    with Mila Lütjohann, Mila & Robert Fuchs
    "People mustn't need it really: Negated must in spoken British English between 1994 and 2014"

  • 2018 | ISLE 5, London
    with Robert Fuchs
    "You mustn't say that: Recent change in the meaning of modal must in spoken British English 1994-2014"

  • 2018 | ISLE 5, London
    "Globalisation, indigenisation, and language change in the quotative systems of World Englishes"

  • 2018 | Guest Lecture at the University of Hamburg
    "Variation and change in the modal systems of World Englishes"

  • 2017 | Guest Lecture at the University of Münster
    "Analysing variation and change in World Englishes with the ICE metadata"

  • 2017 | Thesis Defense at the Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel
    "Be like in den ICE Korpora"

  • 2017 | ICAME 38, Prague
    "Gender paradox²: Late female lead in the restructuring of deontic modality in Indian English"

  • 2017 | BICLCE 7, Vigo
    with Benedikt Heller
    "Expansion of the s-genitive in World Englishes"

  • 2016 | 2nd Workshop on Metaphor Variation in Englishes around the World, Potsdam
    "The cultural conceptualisation of obligation in Singapore English"

  • 2016 | ISLE 4, Poznań
    "The semantics of must in ESL varieties: Historical state of the superstrate, substrate(s) or SLA?"

  • 2015 | From Data to Evidence Conference, Helsinki
    "The ICE metadata: A window to the past? An exploratory study of Hong Kong English"

  • 2015 | ICAME 36, Trier
    "Using the ICE metadata for studying changes in New Englishes: Is must decreasing in Hong Kong English"