Studies in Language Variation, Meaning and Learning
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Notes on Contributors MADALINA CHITEZ holds a degree in foreign languages (English and French) from Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, in 2000. From 2000 to 2004 she taught English at Dr. I. Mesota National Col- lege, Brasov. In 2006 she obtained an MA in European Linguistics from the University Albert-Ludwig of Freiburg. Madalina has carried out research abroad at the University of Siena in 2006 and the Univer- sity of Oxford in 2008. In 2010 she completed her doctorate (speciali- zation corpus linguistics and learner corpora) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Mair at the University Albert-Ludwig of Frei- burg. From 2009 to 2010 she worked as a research assistant at the English Department of the University of Zürich. Madalina is currently working as a researcher at the Applied Linguistics Department of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences. GABRIELA DIACONU is a PhD student in English linguistics at Albert- Ludwig University in Freiburg. Her research interests include modali- ty, corpus linguistics and grammaticalisation, with a special focus on corpus-based approaches on language variation and ongoing change in the use of modal obligation/necessity in varieties of English. She is also one of the co-authors of Theories and Methods in Linguistics, which is soon to appear in the series Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. KAREN JACOB was awarded a degree in English Philology (with dis- tinction) at the University of the Balearic Islands in 2006. She is cur- rently working on a PhD in Language and...
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