Dr Nicole Baumgarten

Lecturer in Translation and Intercultural Communication Studies

Contact

School of Languages and Cultures
The University of Sheffield
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA


Overview

I am a Lecturer in Translation and Intercultural Communication Studies. I have an MA in English Philology, Modern and Medieval History and Law (University of Kiel, Germany) and obtained my Dr. phil. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hamburg (Germany) for research on multimodal translation inside the Research Centre on Multilingualism (funded by the German Science Foundation). Before coming to Sheffield I held a position as associate professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Southern Denmark. I joined the School of Languages and Cultures in 2016.


Research

My field of research is in Applied Linguistics. My research interest in general lies in the linguistic construction and negotiation of concepts and social categories in communication across languages and cultures. I focus in particular on multilingual, intercultural and transnational settings in which people have to operate on the basis of reduced common ground and elusive frames of reference. The aim of this work is to arrive at an understanding of the socio-communicative consequences of linguistic choice when people engage in cross-linguistic and intercultural communication. The results of this research add a factual base to societal debates about, for example, the usefulness of foreign language learning, the role of English as a ‘global’ language, the need for professionalisation in the languages services industry, social exclusion and inclusion processes, and the role of language for communication.

Current projects and research areas include:

A selection of my publications can be found on ResearchGate


Supervision

I welcome research students who are interested in applied linguistics in its broadest sense. Qualitative, multiple and mixed methods approaches, interdisciplinary research as well as collaborations with institutions and organizations outside the University are all welcome. Interesting topics include but are not restricted to the following

  • Individual multilingualism (from a socio-cultural perspective)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Translation and localization
  • Multimodal communication (including audiovisual translation)
  • Intercultural/contrastive pragmatics
  • (Comparative/diachronic) register analysis
  • Communication in organizations and institutions (including web-based communication)
  • Business communication
  • Interaction with technology (including user studies)
  • Technology and science communication
  • Risk, health and safety communication
  • Medical communication
  • Second language use
  • Second language identities

Teaching

  • Language in Context
  • Language at Work
  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Communication in Practice
  • Concepts and Approaches in Translation Studies
  • Theory and Practice of Subtitling
  • Global Languages
  • Study and Dissertation Support
  • Introductory Linguistics for Modern Languages

Administration

I am Research Ethics Coordinator for the School of Languages and Cultures