Dr Bettina Beinhoff

Dr Bettina Beinhoff

MPhil PhD

Bettina Beinhoff is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Linguistics at Wolfson College. Her research interests are in sociolinguistics, especially in language ideologies, migration & language and social justice.

Dr Bettina Beinhoff

Bettina Beinhoff completed her undergraduate degree at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany; she did her MPhil in Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge (Wolfson College) and remained in Cambridge for her PhD on attitudes towards 'non-native' accents in English (Trinity Hall). She is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University where she is Chair of the School's research ethics panel. She was Programme Director for the BA in Linguistics for several years; currently, she is leading the MA Intercultural Communication. She also supervises a number of PhD students.

Bettina is the Treasurer of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and a member of EuroSLA and PhilSoc.

Bettina's research interests are in the areas of language ideologies, attitudes towards accents/dialects/languages and the way these ideologies and attitudes affect individuals and groups. Bettina is currently working on a project that investigates attitudes toward languages of migrant communities. She is working with individuals and support groups to reveal how attitudes held by the local communities can have an impact on the lives, identities and wellbeing of people who migrate across national boundaries. The findings contribute to recommendations for policy development and support programmes.

Bettina is also involved in research on constructed (or invented) languages. She is particularly interested in how constructed languages are perceived by audiences from different cultures and with different first language backgrounds. She has studied the process of designing such languages in detail and investigated how the design aims match up with how the constructed languages are perceived by the audience.

What's on

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Open Call: Wolf Words Poetry Anthology 2024

27/11/2023 at 09.00

We are excited to launch an open call for the second edition of our Wolf Words Poetry Anthology; this year our theme is Wild. 

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Writing an abstract workshop

30/11/2023 at 19.00

This workshop is organised to help students prepare to be part of the Wolfson Research Event 2024.


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A Duty to Repair?

01/12/2023 at 18.00

How can you introduce protection of the environment into consumer contract law when this is detrimental to the protection of the consumer?

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Art Exhibition: 'How It Is'

02/12/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'How It Is' featuring work by the influential British artist Tim Head.

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Entrepreneurship Workshop for Students

02/12/2023 at 13.00

An interactive session during which students can gain insight into the sphere of entrepreneurship.