Dr Jeanette Sakel is named Routledge Linguistics Author of the Month

Issue date: 24 February 2016


Dr Jeanette Sakel

Routledge Language and Linguistics has honoured Dr Jeanette Sakel, a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and researcher in the Bristol Centre for Linguistics with the accolade of Routledge Author of the Month for February 2016.

Jeanette Sakel, is the author of Routledge's Study Skills for Linguistics. In 2015 Jeanette was awarded a prestigious national teaching fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to excellence in teaching and learning. Jeanette received the award for her work to make the study of language and grammar accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Jeanette, said, “I am thrilled to have been made 'author of the month' for my book 'Study Skills for Linguistics'. I wrote it for students starting out in Linguistics/Language Studies, with great input from my own students. I am delighted that my work is being recognised internationally in this way."

Please see below for a section of the profile.

Routledge Linguistics Author of the Month: Jeanette Sakel

About the Author

Jeanette Sakel is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Programme Leader of English Language and Linguistics at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Her main research interests are in the areas of language contact, bilingualism, linguistic typology, fieldwork, native South American languages, bilingual education and supplementary schools. She has written numerous research articles and book chapters, and she is the author of the books A grammar of Mosetén (2004), Linguistic fieldwork – a student guide (2012, with Daniel Everett) and Study skills for linguistics (2015). Jeanette has also edited various books and special issues, including Grammatical borrowing in cross-linguistics perspective (2007 with Yaron Matras), Variation in clause combining: Views from the New World (2012 with Marianne Mithun and Pier Marco Bertinetto), New perspectives on language transfer (2012, with Jeanine Treffers-Daller) and Indigene Sprachen Amerikas (2012 with Thomas Stolz).

Jeanette, who is originally from Germany, became fascinated by languages as a teenager. She taught herself Swedish, Finnish and Greenlandic, and later studied these and other languages at university in Denmark, alongside general linguistics. She gained her BA and MA from Aarhus University (Denmark), and then moved on to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany), to complete her PhD on the South American indigenous language Mosetén under the guidance of Bernard Comrie and Pieter Muysken.

Finding that there was considerable influence from Spanish in Mosetén, Jeanette became interested in language contact and started to work in this area of research, first at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and later with Yaron Matras at the University of Manchester (UK). Jeanette also collaborated with Daniel Everett, conducting fieldwork on the Amazonian language Pirahã to establish the degree of monolingualism/bilingualism in the community and analyse the Portuguese language use of Pirahã speakers.

Since 2007 Jeanette has been Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of the West of England, where she is also leading the Linguistics and English Language Programmes. She continues to conduct fieldwork on language contact situations, in particular Somali and German as heritage languages in the UK. In relation to the latter, Jeanette is the chair for the German Saturday School Bristol and has started to work with issues of bilingualism and proficiency of young German language speakers in the UK.

Jeanette has always loved teaching, and she is keen for students to become independent learners with a passion for the subject they are studying. This has led Jeanette to produce a number of materials for students, based on her own teaching and research expertise. Jeanette has written a number of textbooks for students, and has also started to experiment with filming short video summaries on concepts her students found difficult. Her work in this area secured her a highly prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the UK Higher Education Academy in 2015. She is currently using the award funding that came with the fellowship to fund a production facility for educational videos.

· Visit Jeanette's website!

· Visit Jeanette's YouTube Channel!

· Visit Jeanette's UWE Lingo blog! (run together with her students)

For the full profile, interview with Jeanette and more about the book, visit the Language and Linguistics section of the Routledge website

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