University of Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Gila A. Schauer

  • Professor of English and Applied Linguistics
  • Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy

Gila A. Schauer was awarded her MA (2001) and PhD (2005) in English Studies from the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to coming to Erfurt, she worked as a Lecturer at the University of Lancaster, UK, from 2005 - 2012. She joined Erfurt University in May 2012 as Professor of English and Applied Linguistics. From October 2012 to October 2014, she was Director of Erfurt University's Language Centre. She was elected Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy in 2017 and commenced this position in October 2017.


Gila A. Schauer's research interests are: interlanguage pragmatics, cross-cultural pragmatics, linguistic (im)politeness, discourse analysis, language and gender, and second language acquisition.


She regularly teaches undergraduate seminars on Discourse Analysis, Language & Gender, as well as Second Language Acquisition and lectures on Applied Linguistics and Pragmatics at undergraduate level. She also offers studium fundamentale seminars on research methodologly in cooperation with colleagues. At postgraduate level, she offers advanced seminars on Discourse Analysis and Language & Gender.

Selected Publications

  • Schauer, G. A. (2019). Teaching and Learning English in the Primary School: Interlanguage Pragmatics in the EFL context. Cham, Schweiz: Springer.
  • Schauer, G.A. (2017). "It's really insulting to say something like that to anyone": an investigation of English and German native speakers' impoliteness perceptions. In I. Kecskes & S. Assimakopoulos (Eds.), Current Issues in Intercultural Pragmatics (pp. 207-227). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Schauer, G.A. (2016). Assessing intercultural competence. In D. Tsagari & J. Banerjee (Eds.), Handbook of Second Language Assessment. (pp. 181-202) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Culpeper, J., Marti, L., Mei, M., Nevala, M., & Schauer, G.A. (2010). Cross-cultural variation in the perception of impoliteness: A study of impoliteness events reported by students in England, China, Finland, Germany and Turkey. Intercultural Pragmatics, 7(4), 597-624.
  • Schauer, G. A. (2009). Interlanguage pragmatic development: The study abroad context. London: Continuum.
  • Schauer, G. A., & Adolphs, S. (2006). Expressions of gratitude in corpus and DCT data: Vocabulary, formulaic sequences, and pedagogy. System, 34(1), 119-134



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