Background and activities


I am Professor of English Sociolinguistics at the Department of Language and Literature, which I joined in August 2020. I hold a German postdoctoral degree ('Habilitation') in English and general linguistics from the University of Bonn and a PhD in general linguistics from the University of Cologne. In 2018/19 I was a Feodor Lynen fellow at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), sponsored by the Humboldt foundation, conducting research on language learning and use in tourist spaces in Zanzibar. I was also awarded a research fellowship for investigating formal and informal language learning in this context by the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies in 2020. With a return fellowship from the Humboldt foundation, I started analyzing the digital tourist space of Zanzibar, a project which I continue working on today.



Coming up: Invited talk on "Some considerations on sociolinguistics, tourism and sustainability" at the Interdisciplinary understandings of sustainability in and for linguistics workshop, Roskilde, 23-24 May. 

Keynote lecture on "Critical perspectives on applied linguistics and tourism research" at the 11th Bonn Applied English Linguistics conference, Bonn, 24-25 June.

Talk on "Performing cultural imaginaries under global capitalism: Insights from tourism in Zanzibar" at the Anglistentag, panel Nomadworld: Global mobility and the new Anglophones, Mainz, 2-5 September.


Research interests

My research is sociolinguistic and applied in nature, informed by (linguistic) anthropology and constructivism. My linguistic foci are varieties of English and contact languages in Africa, as well as sign languages, most notably Irish Sign Language and alternate sign languages. My central research interests are multilingualism, language contact, multimodality, politeness and linguistic epistemology, as well as research methodologies


Current research projects

At NTNU, I am part of the research groups "Semiotics of Communication in Interactive Languaging" (SOCIAL), "Navigating Languages in Professional Practices" (NaPP), and "Narrative across Media" (until 2021). I also started a forum for applied and sociolinguistics called "Open Landscapes" in 2020.

Besides this engagement at my home university, I am a member of several international networks, e.g. New Englishes, New Methods until 2021. Currently, I am participating in networks and groups on:

I am actively involved in various interdisciplinary research projects with colleagues from Africa and Europe. This includes research on:

  • language learning and linguistic repertoires in offline and online tourist spaces, based on ethnographic (social media) data [with C. Ackermann-Boström, Umeå Universitet & O. Klymenko, University of Seychelles]
  • politeness, specifically its prosody, in Irish Sign Language and Irish English [with K. Renkwitz & F. Sell, University of Bonn]
  • varieties of English in the ELT classroom in Germany and the Nordic countries [with S. Jansen, Leipzig University & J. Forsberg, University of Stockholm]
  • mass and countability from a cross-linguistic perspective, esp. in Ghanaian languages [with D. P. Agyepong, University of Ghana]
  • hunting sign systems in Southern Africa, e.g. in Tjwao [with A.-M. Fehn, Universidade de Porto, A. Andrason & A. Phiri, Stellenbosch University]


Research stays and fieldwork

2020, 2021 - Research stays (fellowships) at the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple", Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African studies

2019 - Research stay and data collection at the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin

2017, 2018, 2019 - Fieldwork on English in tourism in Zanzibar (Tanzania)

2016 - Research stays and data collection at the Open University of Tanzania, University of Cape Town & University of Ghana

2013 - Voluntary work at the Kenya National Association of the Deaf

2012 - Fieldwork on hunting signs among the Ts'ixa and ||Ani-Khwe in Botswana

2010 - Research stay at the University of Toronto

2009 - Research stay and data collection at the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin



Teaching experience and foci

I have taught internationally in higher education, especially in Germany and South Africa. Topics included sociolinguistics (e.g. language attitudes, varieties of English), general linguistics (e.g. introduction to linguistics, phonology), applied linguistics (e.g. translation studies, methods in applied linguistics) and sign language linguistics (e.g. introduction to sign language linguistics, iconicity). At NTNU, I teach courses on (English) sociolinguistics on BA and MA level, and in the Take Credit programme for in-service teachers, such as Varieties of English (ENG1001), Global Englishes (ENG6026), Sociolinguistic Theory (SPRÅK3100) and independent study courses on sociolinguistic topics (SPRÅL3800). Further, I am a member of the study programme council (studieprogramråd) for English.



I supervise MA and PhD candidates in these areas, and relating to my research interests mentioned above.

Ongoing PhD projects are:

Tatjana SchnellingerKiss-Teeth and Cut-Eye in impolite discourse contexts: A comparison of Ghanaian and Afro-Surinamese co-speech gestures and pragmatic markers in multilingual interactions. PhD in Language and Linguistics, NTNU.

Lionel Sango. The speech act (events) of apology in urban Cameroon [working title]. External supervisor, PhD in Applied English Linguistics, University of Bonn. 




Mohr, Susanne (2014). Mouth Actions in Sign Languages. An Empirical Study of Irish Sign Language. [Sign Languages and Deaf Communities 3]. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton/Ishara.



Mohr, Susanne (2022). Nominal Pluralization and Countability in African Varieties of English. [Routledge Studies in World Englishes]. Oxon & New York: Routledge.





Editorial work

Mohr, Susanne & Helene Steigertahl (2020). African sociolinguistics between urbanity and rurality. Special issue of Sociolinguistic Studies.



Mohr, Susanne & Lindsay Ferrara (under contract). Learning Languages, Being Social. [De Gruyter Anthropological Linguistics Series.]

Mohr, Susanne, Jemima A. Anderson & Klaus P. Schneider (forthcoming) Communicative Action and Interaction in Africa. Special issue of the Journal of Pragmatics


Journal articles (peer-review)

Ackermann-Boström, Constanze & Susanne Mohr (in preparation) 'For explorers by explorers'. A discursive analysis of a Norwegian cruise tourism website.

Mohr, Susanne, Katrin Renkwitz & Friederike Sell (in preparation) The multimodal realization of politeness among Irish Sign Language and Irish English interpreters.

Mohr, Susanne (in prepartion) A multimodal analysis of corporate storytelling related to South African Sign Language online. The Mouth. Critical Studies on Language, Culture and Society.

Mohr, Susanne & Dorothy P. Agyepong (under revision) The cultural adaptation of quantity judgment tasks in Ghanaian English and Akan. Contemporary Journal of African Studies.

Mohr, Susanne (2022) Investigating English in multilingual contexts online: Identity construction in geotagged Instagram data. Frontiers in Communication 6: 778050. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2021.778050.

Mohr, Susanne (2021) You know and I think in English(es) in Zanzibar. World Englishes 40(4): 534-547.

Mohr, Susanne (2020a) Language choices of South African migrants in the tourism industry of Zanzibar. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 38(1): 60-72.

Mohr, Susanne (2020b) The ‘I’ in sociolinguistics: the role of subjectivity in ethnographic fieldwork. The Mouth. Critical Studies on Language, Culture and Society 6: 101-118.

Mohr, Susanne, Steffen Lorenz & Dunlop Ochieng (2020c) English, national and local linguae francae in the language ecologies of Uganda and Tanzania. Sociolinguistic Studies 14(3): 371-394.

Mohr, Susanne & Helene Steigertahl (2020d) African sociolinguistics between urbanity and rurality. Sociolinguistic Studies 14(3): 247-256.

Mohr, Susanne (2019a) Assembling concourse material and selecting Q-samples on the sociolinguistics of tourism discourse in Zanzibar. Operant Subjectivity 41(1): 65-82.

Mohr, Susanne, Anne-Maria Fehn & Alex De Voogt (2019b) Hunting for signs: exploring unspoken networks within the Kalahari Basin. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 40(1): 115-147.

Forsberg, Julia, Susanne Mohr & Sandra Jansen (2019c) ‘The goal is to enable students to communicate’. Communicative competence and target varieties in TEFL practices in Sweden and Germany. European Journal of Applied Linguistics 7(1): 31-60.

Mohr, Susanne (2018) The changing dynamics of language use and language attitudes in Tanzania. Language Matters. Studies in the Languages of Africa 49(3): 105-127.

Mohr, Susanne (2017) Plural nouns in Tswana English. World Englishes 36(4): 705-725.

Mohr, Susanne (2012) The visual-gestural modality and beyond: mouthings as a language contact phenomenon in Irish Sign Language. Sign Language & Linguistics 15(2): 185-211.


Journal articles (editorial review)

Mohr, Susanne, Sandra Jansen & Julia Forsberg (2021) European English in the EFL classroom? Teacher attitudes towards target varieties of English in Sweden and Germany. English Today 37(2): 85-91.

Mohr, Susanne & Dunlop Ochieng (2017) Language usage in everyday life and in education: current attitudes towards English in Tanzania. English Today 33(4): 12-18.

Mohr, Susanne (2015) Mundbilder und Mundgestik in Irischer Gebärdensprache: Eine (sozio)linguistische Analyse des Signs of Ireland Corpus. Das Zeichen 99(15): 140-146.

Mohr, Susanne & Anne-Maria Fehn (2013) Phonology of hunting signs in two Kalahari Khoe-speaking groups (Ts’ixa and ||Ani). LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts 2013. e.Language (


Book chapters

Mohr, Susanne & David Barasa (under review) English-medium instruction in higher education in East Africa. In Werner Botha & Kingsley Bolton (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education. Routledge.

Mohr, Susanne, Irina Turner & Sibonile Ellece (in press) Southern Africa. In Martin J. Ball & Rajend Mesthrie (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics around the World (2nd edition)Routledge.

Mohr, Susanne & Lorraine Leeson (in press) Ireland’s third official language: Irish Sign Language. In Raymond Hickey (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Irish English. Oxford University Press.

Mohr, Susanne & Anastasia Bauer (2022) Gesture, sign languages and multimodality. In Svenja Völkel & Nico Nassenstein (eds.) Approaches to Language and Culture [Anthropological Linguistics Series 1]. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 157-194.

Jansen, Sandra, Susanne Mohr & Julia Forsberg (2022) Standard language ideology in the English language classroom: suggestions for EIL-informed teacher education. In Marcus Callies, Stephanie Hehner, Philipp Meer & Michael Westphal (eds.) Glocalising Teaching English as an International Language: New Perspectives for Teaching and Teacher Education in Germany. London/New York: Routledge, 63-81.

Mohr, Susanne (2021) English language learning trajectories among Zanzibaris working in tourism. In Christiane Meierkord & Edgar W. Schneider (eds.) World Englishes at the Grassroots. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 70-90.

Ochieng, Dunlop & Susanne Mohr (2019) Is Tanzania’s new education and training policy a significant boost to making Swahili the medium of instruction in post-primary levels? In Christoph Haase & Natalia Orlova (eds.) English Language Teaching through the Lens of Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 61-74.

Mohr, Susanne (2017) Compounding or paraphrase? Sign sequences in the hunting language of the ||Ani-Khwe. In Shigeki Kaji (ed.) Proceedings of the 8th World Congress of African Linguistics, Kyoto 2015. Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 425-437.

Mohr, Susanne (2016) From Accra to Nairobi – The use of pluralized mass nouns in East and West African postcolonial Englishes. In Daniel Schmidt-Brücken, Susanne Schuster & Marina Wienberg (eds.) Aspects of (Post)Colonial Linguistics. [Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics 9]. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 157-188.

Mohr, Susanne (2015) Tshaukak’ui – hunting signs of the Ts’ixa in Northern Botswana. In Julie Bakken Jepsen, Goedele De Clerck, Sam Lutalo-Kiingi & William McGregor (eds.) Sign Languages of the World. A Comparative Handbook. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter Mouton/Ishara, 933-953.



Mohr, Susanne (in press) Review of Storch, Anne & Angelika Mietzner. 2021. The Impact of Tourism in East Africa: A Ruinous System. Bristol et al.: Channel View. Journal of Postcolonial Lingusitics.

Mohr, Susanne (2018) Rezension von Held, Gudrun (2018) Strategies of Adaptation in Tourist Communication. Linguistic Insights. Leiden/Boston: Brill. Zeitschrift für Tourismuswissenschaft 10(2): 331-333.

Mohr, Susanne (2013) Review of Adams, Michael. 2011. From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring invented languages. Linguistic Typology 17(2): 338-356.

Mohr, Susanne (2012) Rezension von Mu’azu, M. A. and Balami, F. 2010. A descriptive analysis of Bura verbs and vocabulary. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 107(6): 423-424.


Final theses

Mohr, Susanne (2018). The Use of Pluralization and the Conceptualization of Countability in African Varieties of English. Postdoctoral dissertation, University of Bonn.

Mohr, Susanne (2011). Mouth Actions in Irish Sign Language – Their System and Functions. PhD dissertation, University of Cologne.

Mohr, Susanne (2007). Sign Languages as Natural Languages: The Linguistic Design Features. MA thesis, RWTH Aachen University.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Mohr, Susanne; Ackermann-Boström, Constanze. (2022) "For explorers by explorers": A sociolinguistic study of the cruise tourism industry in Norway. Sosiolingvistisk nettverk konferanse ; Tromsø. 2022-04-21 - 2022-04-22.
  • Jansen, Sandra; Mohr, Susanne; Reckermann, Julia. (2021) Rethinking CLT's principle of fluency before accuracy in times of World Englishes. Anglistentag 2021 ; Passau/online. 2021-09-19 - 2021-09-22.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2021) "Kwa quotes nzuri za kiswahili kuhusu mapenzi na maisha follow hapa". Inspirational quotes as advice activity in the digital linguistic landscape of Zanzibar. Workshop "Advice in African multilingual contexts" . "Africa Multiple" Cluster of Excellence; Bayreuth. 2021-10-07 - 2021-10-08.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2021) The meaning of I love you: A multimodal analysis of the representation of South African Sign Language on social media. Anthropological Linguistics: Insights into Language and Culture . Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien; Mainz/online. 2021-04-20.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2021) Tourism discourse online: A case study of hashtags in Instagram posts from Zanzibar. International Society for the Linguistics of English conference 6 ; Joensuu/online. 2021-06-02 - 2021-06-05.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2021) Transdisciplinary approaches to investigating Englishes in their multilingual environments: methodological and ethical considerations. Linguistics Society of Ghana ; online. 2021-01-15.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2020) -6.161098, 39.191684: Working with geotagged Instagram data in linguistic tourism research. New Englishes, New Methods, New Modes Workshop ; online. 2020-06-19 - 2020-06-19.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2020) Language learning in the Zanzibari tourist space: Some considerations on the concept of 'grassroots'. Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Cluster of Excellence 'Africa Multiple' ; Bayreuth. 2020-05-23 - 2020-05-23.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2020) #ResearchAcrossBorders (Wissenschaftler*innen des Jungen Kollegs der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste). [Internett]. 2020-04-30.
  • Mohr, Susanne; Renkwitz, Katrin. (2020) Ireland's languages from a multimodal perspective: Focus on Irish Sign Language and Irish English. Linguistisches Kolloquium ; Würzburg. 2020-12-08.
  • Mohr, Susanne; Renkwitz, Katrin. (2020) Multimodal politeness in Ireland: A cross-linguistic comparison of Irish Sign Language and Irish English. Symposium on Multimodal (Im)Politeness ; online (hosted in Zurich). 2020-10-23 - 2020-10-23.
  • Jansen, Sandra; Mohr, Susanne. (2019) Standard ideologies in English language academic publishing. Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity 2 Conference ; Essen. 2019-09-19 - 2019-09-21.
  • Mohr, Susanne. (2019) Motivations for language choices in tourist-host interactions in Zanzibar. 24th Conference of the International Association of World Englishes ; Limerick. 2019-06-20 - 2019-06-22.
  • Ochieng, Dunlop; Mohr, Susanne. (2019) Multilingual identities: who is indigenous?. SAALT/SALALS joint annual conference ; Pretoria. 2019-06-30 - 2019-07-04.