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Dr Barbara Loester has a background in English, German and comparative linguistics. She took up her post at the University of Winchester in January 2009. In her PhD thesis (University of Aberdeen) she investigated the role regional varieties play in the identity construction of their speakers. Her research lies mainly in the field of sociolinguistics with a particular focus on minority and regional languages.

Barbara is the Convenor of the Centre for Research into Language, one of the University's interdisciplinary research centres.

Areas of expertise

  • Social and regional language variation in the British Isles and the German-speaking world
  • Language attitudes and identity construction
  • Minority languages – language policies and language planning


  • "A comparison of the language situations of Bavarian and Scots." Scottish Language (2009) 28: 89-102.
  • "Scotland and Bavaria: regional affiliation and linguistic identity in 'peripheral' communities." In: Ciepiela, K. (2011) Identity Through a Language Lens. Frankfurt: Peter Lang; pp. 63-72.
  • "A sociolinguistic perspective on identity and language attitudes in two minority communities." Proceedings of the International Conference on Minority and Majority: Language, Culture and Identity. UNIMAS Kuching, Malaysia. (in press)
  • "The pluricentric borders of Bavaria." In: Andrén, M.; Söhrmann, I. and Vajta, K. Cultural Borders of Europe. (book manuscript under review)
  • "'A significant part of an insignificant identity' – tradition, globalisation and the re-articulation of North-East Scots". Article submitted for a special issue of Multilingua (under review)
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