Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Gruber

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Gruber

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Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions:

1984-1988
Research Fellow (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Department of Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty, and the Department of Linguistics, Humanities Faculty, University of Vienna

1987- 1997
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Vienna

Oct, 26, 1996- Dec, 8,1996
Visiting Academic at the School of English, Linguistics and Media, Macquarie University, Sydney

since Oct, 1,1997
Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Vienna

University Degrees:

1986
Doctorate in Psychology, University of Vienna, (Minor field: educational science)

1988
M.A. in Applied Linguistics, University of Vienna, (Minor fields: language philosophy, psychoanalysis, and psychological methods)

1995
Habilitation (Postdoctoral Dissertation) in Applied Linguistics, University of Vienna

Research Interests

    Discourse pragmatics: discourse coherence (especially rhetorical and generic structures), genre theory, functional linguistics of German, analyses of conflict talk in various settings, pragmatic theory and conflict talk

    Scholarly communication: (students’) academic writing, impact and use of electronic communication in scholarly activities

    Computer-Mediated-Communication: Communication dynamics and linguistic characteristics of e-mail discussion list communication and communication on Twitter

    Language in Media and Politics: analysis of political discourse, linguistic aspects of political discourse in the mass media and in social media

Professional activities

  • Editor-in-chief of “Pragmatics” (since 2016)
  • Co-editor of “Pragmatics” (2002 - 2016)
  • Member of the editorial board of “Journal of Language and Politics” (since 2013)
  • Co-editor of the book series: “Kommunikation im Fokus” (Vienna University Press; since 2011)
  • President of the Austrian Society for Academic Writing (GEWISSS), 2009 - 2015
  • 2009-2012: Austrian representative and member of the management committee of COST action IS0307 "Learning to Write Effectively" (ERN-LWE)
  • Member of the IPRA (International Pragmatics Association) consultation board (since 2001)
  • Member of the managing board of VERBAL (Austrian Association of Applied Linguistics; since 1999)
  • Member of the scientific committees of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th  International Pragmatics Conferences

 Professional Organisations

  • International Pragmatics Association (IPRA)
  • Societas Linguistica (SLE)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik (GAL [German Society of Applied Linguistics])
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik (VERBAL [Austrian Society of Applied Linguistics])
  • Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftliches Schreiben (GEWISSS) [Society for Academic Writing]

Recent publications:

Language and Politics:

(2018). Policy oriented argumentation or ironic evaluation. A study of verbal quoting and positioning in Austrian politicians’ parliamentary debate contributions. To be published in “Pragmatics in Society”.

(2015). Policy-oriented argumentation or ironic evaluation: A study of verbal quoting and positioning in Austrian politicians' parliamentary debate contributions . Discourse Studies: an interdisciplinary journal for the study of text and talk , 17 (6), 682-702. 10.1177/1461445615602377

(2015). Formen und rhetorisch-argumentative Bezugnahmen auf vorherige Äußerungen in den Debattenbeiträgen österreichischer Parlamentsabgeordneter . in Argumenta: Festschrift für Manfred Kienpointner zum 60. Geburtstag. (S. 125-139). Praesens Verlag.

(2015). Intertextual references in Austrian parliamentary debates: Between evaluation and argumentation . in E. Weizman, & A. Fetzer (Hrsg.), Follow-ups in Political Discourse: Explorations across contexts and discourse domains. (S. 25-57). John Benjamins.

(2013): Genres in political discourse: the case of the “inaugural speech” of Austrian chancellors. In: Cap, Piotr & Urszula Okulska (eds): Analyzing Genre in Political Communication: Theory and Practice. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 29-73.

(2012): "Funktionale Pragmatik und Systemisch-Funktionale Linguistik - ein Vergleich “ . In: F. Januschek, A. Redder, M. Reisigl (eds): „Kritische Diskursanalyse und Funktionale Pragmatik“. OBST 82, 19-49.

(2012) Establishing intertextual references in Austrian parliamentary debates. A pilot study. In: Fetzer, A., Weizman, E. & Reber, E. (eds): Follow-ups across discourse domains: a cross-cultural exploration of their form and function. Proceeding of the EFC strategic workshop in Würzburg, 31 May – 2 June 2012. Universität Würzburg: OPUS, 86-107.

Discourse pragmatics:

(2014). Introduction: The Pragmatics of Discourse Coherence . in The Pragmatics of Discourse Coherence. (S. 1-23). John Benjamins Publishing Company (with G. Redeker).

(2014). Signalling coherence in Austrian students' seminar papers: Macro- and micro-structural cues . in H. Gruber, & G. Redeker (Hrsg.), The Pragmatics of Discourse Coherence: Theories and Applications. (S. 267-292). John Benjamins Publishing Company.

(2014). The Pragmatics of Discourse Coherence: Theories and Applications . Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company (edited with G. Redeker).

(2012) Funktionale Pragmatik und Systemisch Funktionale Linguistik. Ein Vergleich. In: F. Januschek, A. Redder, M. Reisigl (Hrsg.): „Kritische Diskursanalyse und Funktionale Pragmatik“. OBST Themenheft, 19-47.

Computer mediated communiation:

(2018). Genres of political communication in Web 2.0. In R. Wodak, & B. Forchtner (Hrsg.), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics (S. 412-426). Routledge.

(2017). Quoting and retweeting as communicative practices in computer mediated discourse. Discourse, Context & Media, 20, 1-9.

(2013): The Pragmatics of Listserv Communication. In: S. Herring, D. Stein, T. Virtanen (Hrsg.): Handbook of Pragmatics. The Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication. Berlin: de Gruyter. 47-74.

Scholarly communication/ academic writing

(2016). Linguistische Schreibforschung in Österreich und Taiwan. Linguistik online, Vol. 76/ 2 (Special issue of „Linguistik online“; https://bop.unibe.ch/linguistik-online/issue/view/649) .

(2016): Studentisches Schreiben erforschen und lehren: Grundlagenforschung und ihre Umsetzung in ein Kursprogramm. Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, 11/2. (with B. Huemer)

(2016) Country report: Austria. in O. Kruse, M. Chitez, B. Rodriguez, & M. Castello (Hrsg.), Exploring European Writing Cultures: Country Reports on Genres, Writing Practices and Languages Used in European Higher Education (S. 24-35). Working Papers in Applied Linguistics.

(2014). Die "Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeit" - Annäherung an eine Textsorte . Informationen zur Deutschdidaktik: Zeitschrift für den Deutschunterricht in Wissenschaft und Schule , 4 , 24-35. (with K. Wetschanow & B. Huemer)

(2014). Writing a.i.d. – Ein neuer Ansatz für die Schreibforschung und ihre Didaktisierung . in U. Doleschal (Hrsg.), Wissenschaftliches Schreiben: Writing Across the Curriculum. (S. 255-274). Wien: LIT Verlag. (with Markus Rheindorf & Birgit Huemer)

List of publications

Monographs
Edited Volumes
Articles and Chapters
full list of publications (pdf)

Major Research Projects

Die Entwicklung eines Schreibkurses für Studierende (Supporting students' writing at Austrian universities). Project director: Helmut Gruber; research assistants: Birgit Huemer, Markus Rheindorf; duration: 2006-2008.

Genre, Habitus und wissenschaftliches Schreiben (Genre, habitus and students' academic writing). Project director: Helmut Gruber; research assistants: Christine Czinglar, Peter Muntigl, Markus Rheindorf, Martin Reisigl, Karin Wetschanow; duration: 2001-2004)

Inszenierte Konflikte. Zur Pragmatik von Konfliktkommunikation (Staged Conflicts. The pragmatics of conflict communication) Project Director and Investigator: Helmut Gruber funded by: Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Austrian Science Foundation) Transcriptions: Karin Wetschanow Duration: 1992-1994

Sprache und Vorurteil: Sozio- und textlinguistische Untersuchung zur Berichterstattung und Rezeption von Antisemitismus in den Medien. (Language and prejudice: Socio- and textlinguistic investigation of the reporting on and reception of antisemitism in the mass-media) Project Director: Dr.Johannes Hawlik funded by: Österreichische Nationalbank (Austrian National Bank) Co- Investigators: Prof. Ruth Wodak, Rudolf de Cillia, Helmut Gruber; Richard Mitten; Peter Nowak; Johanna Pelikan Duration: 1987 - 1989

Das Kind im Spannungsfeld von Elternhaus und Schule. (Children: strained between school and home) Project Directors: Univ. Prof. Dr. H. Strotzka, Ass.-Prof. Dr. Kitty Schmidt (Institut f. Tiefenpsychologie der Universität Wien) funded by: Austrian Ministry of Science Co-Investigators: Helmut Gruber, Lorenz Lassnigg Duration: 1984-1986

Die Sprache der Mächtigen und Ohnmächtigen. Der Fall Hainburg. Eine sozio- und textlinguistische Studie. (The language of the powerful and the language of the powerless. The case of Hainburg. A socio-and textlinguistic investigation) Project Director: Prof. R. Wodak Co- Investigators: Florian Menz; Benedikt Lutz; Helmut Gruber funded by: Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft Duration: March - September 1985

Extra-curricular activities

  • Workshops for journalists, teachers, and metal-worker trade union representatives on various aspects of interpersonal and political communication.
  • Academic writing course for new academic employees at the Vienna School of Business Communication