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Prof. Dr. Ulla Kleinberger

Prof. Dr. Ulla Kleinberger

Prof. Dr. Ulla Kleinberger

ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics
Institute of Translation and Interpreting
Theaterstrasse 15c
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 62 07

Work at ZHAW

Management role

Head, Applied Discourse Studies research area

Position at the ZHAW

Professor of Applied Discourse Studies

Education and Continuing education

Expertise and research interests

Text linguistics, conversation analysis, semantics and pragmatics, multilingualism, media linguistics, discourse analysis, methods of (applied) linguistics.
Professional communication, organizational communication, intra-company communication in monolingual and multilingual contexts, health communication, language for children, young people and the elderly.

Professional milestones

Academic engagement:

Lecturer/professor at various domestic and foreign universities and colleges since 1993:
- University of Basel (2004-2007; 2011)
- University of Zurich (1990-1993; 1995-2006; 2007- ongoing)
- Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano (1998-2004)
- Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (2001-2002)

- University of Kassel (2006-2008)
- Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck (2006)
- Helsingin Yliopisto/University of Helsinki (2005)
- Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg (1995)
- University of California at Berkeley (1993-1994)

Other professional activities:

- University of Zurich, Co-Project Manager UniVerS, SAP Implementation at the Faculty of Arts, 2002 - 2006
- Kantonsschule Zürich Oberland, high school German teacher, 1990 -1992/2000
- University of Zurich, German Department, Linguistics Department, Institute and Chair Secretariat, administrative assistant, 1986 -1990
- Grands Magasins Jelmoli SA, Zurich, saleswoman, 1985/1986
- La Boite AG, Zurich Airport, saleswoman, 1984/1985
- Brüel & Kjær (Schweiz) AG, electronic measuring instruments for acoustics and vibration, commercial clerk, 1984/1985
- Brüel & Kjær (France) AG, Electronic Measuring Instruments for Acoustics and Vibration, Stage/Commercial Clerk in Mennecy (Paris), 1983/1984
- Migros Cooperative Zurich, Cashier, 1982/1983

Educational background

- Associate Professor, University of Zurich (since 2006)
- Habilitation, University of Zurich (2000)
- Dr. phil., University of Zurich (1992)
- Studies in German Linguistics and Literature, French Literature and Germanic Languages at the University of Zurich (1984-1990)

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
  • Wagner, Franc; Kleinberger, Ulla,


    Metapher und Norm [paper].


    Miecznikowski, Johanna; Casoni, Matteo; Christopher, Sabine; Kamber, Alain; Pandolfi, Elena Maria; Rocci, Andrea, eds.,

    Norme linguistiche in contesto / Sprachnormen im Kontext / normes langagières en contexte / language norms in context : actes du colloque VALS-ASLA 2014 (Lugano, 12-14 février 2014).

    Tagung der Vereinigung Angewandte Linguistik Schweiz (VALS-ASLA): «Sprachnormen im Kontext», Lugano, 12.-14. Februar 2014.


    Association Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée (ASLA), Vereinigung für Angewandte Linguistik in der Schweiz.

    pp. 179-190.

    Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée ; No spécial, 2015, II.

    Available from:

  • Hanselmann, Sandra; Probst, Sebastian; ; Petry, Heidi; Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen; Kleinberger, Ulla; Imhof, Lorenz,


    Overcoming language barriers in homecare nursing : added value of the interdisciplinary approach [poster].


    Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day, Bern, 21 October 2013.

Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW