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AMEP Research Centre

Ingrid Piller

About Professor Ingrid Piller

Prof. Ingrid Piller (PhD, Dresden 1995) is an applied sociolinguist who has recently been appointed to the position of director of the AMEP Research Centre and Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University. Prior to that she taught at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where she held the Chair of English Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of English as a Global Language. Her research interests are in intercultural communication, language learning, multilingualism, and language aspects of globalization. She is currently directing a research project that deals with languages and identities in the Swiss tourism sector.

Professor Piller is the author of two monographs, American Automobile Names (Essen: Blaue Eule, 1996) and Bilingual Couples Talk(Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2002); co-editor of Multilingualism, Second Language Learning and Gender (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2001); and her articles have appeared in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Estudiosde Sociolingüística, International Journal of Bilingualism, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, and Poetics Today. Pre-prints of some of her publications can be downloaded.

She is now writing a textbook on Intercultural Communication for Edinburgh University Press, which aims to provide a critical introduction to the field from a sociolinguistic and discourse-analytic perspective.


In this paper I will explore the implications of economic restructuring on migration and language learning. I will focus on gender and how it results in differential language learning and employment outcomes for men and women.