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Naomi Truan

Assistant professor

Dr. N.A.L. Truan
+31 71 527 1650

As a sociolinguist, I critically explore the ways in which language reflects, reinforces, or contests social inequalities, in the online and offline worlds. Since March 2023, I am Assistant Professor of German Sociolinguistics at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. I am also a member of the Heritage Language Lab Leiden and a Research Fellow at the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre on Governance of Migration and Diversity. Among other themes, I welcome BA, MA and PhD theses and collaborations on language ideologies, multilingualism, creative online practices, gender. Prior to my appointment at Leiden University, I was a full-time researcher and lecturer in German Linguistics at the University of Leipzig. During my PhD in cotutelle, I worked between the Free University Berlin and Sorbonne University in Paris. I am also an Alumna of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald (Germany). I am passionate about Open Science, and I am honored to have been awarded the Open Science Research Data Award of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in the category “reuse of data” in 2022.

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Fields of interest

multilingualism – migration – globalization – digital communication – social media – parliamentary debates – political discourse – person reference – pronouns


In my dissertation, The Politics of Person Reference. Third-Person Forms in English, German, and French (published with John Benjamins), I focused on:

- person reference and speech roles (see Truan 2021);
- pronouns and forms of address (see Truan 2015, Truan 2022);
- contrastive discourse analysis (see Truan 2019a);
- parliamentary discourse (see Truan 2016, Truan 2020, and most publications 2015-2019);
- populism (see Truan 2019a, Truan 2019b).

Since my PhD, my research interests revolve around two areas:

1) language ideologies around multilingualism (sociolinguistics of German)

- adult-migrant contexts, especially French-speaking communities in Germany (ongoing);
- gender, for instance in multiethnolects (see Truan & Oldani 2021);
- linguistic racism (see Oldani & Truan 2022)

2) language and identity in digital spaces

- gender and hashtags in Twitter protests (#CoronaEltern) (see Truan & Fischer 2023);
- the use of forms of address in online communities (T-form / V-form in German) (see Truan 2022);
- the creation of communities of practice, for instance people enacting their cats online (see Truan 2022);
- digital practices in the classroom and in higher education (see Truan & Dressel 2021, Truan & Dressel 2022).

Grants and awards

2022: Open Science Award for Research Data from the French Ministry of Science and Research
2021: Student Teaching Award for Online Teaching of the University of Leipzig
2018: Graduate Student Travel Award of the American Pragmatics Association

Fellowships and grants
2021-2022: Junior Fellow of the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald
2018: Fulbright Scholarship Program
2016-2019: German Academic Exchange Service
2016-2019: Deutsch-Französische Hochschule
2018: Arthur King Peters Memorial Travel Grant
2014-2015: Alfred Töpfer Stiftung F.V.S.
2012-2013: Internationales Parlamentsstipendium des Deutschen Bundestages

Curriculum vitae

Academic Employment
since 03/2023: Assistant Professor of German Sociolinguistics, Leiden University
2019-2023: Full-time Researcher and Lecturer in German Linguistics, Universität Leipzig
2021-2022: Junior Fellow of the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, Greifswald, Germany
2016-2019: Full-time PhD Student in Linguistics, Sorbonne Université Paris
2015-2019: Lecturer in Linguistics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Freie Universität Berlin
2014-2019: Associated Researcher, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

2014-2019: PhD in Linguistics, summa cum laude (Freie Universität Berlin / Sorbonne Université Paris)
2013-2014: Agrégation in German – Specialisation in Linguistics (rank: 3). Competitive Examination for Civil Service in the French Public Education System
2012-2013: MA German Studies, summa cum laude – École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
2012-2013: Study at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
2011-2012: Study at the Freie Universität Berlin
2010-2011: BA German Studies, magna cum laude – Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
2010-2016: Admission at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon – normalienne. Student and Trainee Public Servant (Excellence Scholarship)
2008-2010: Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Écoles – Lycée Edouard Herriot, France

Visiting Positions
2021/2022: Junior Fellow of the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, Greifswald, Germany
05/2018: Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
02-06/2018: Fulbright Visiting Scholar, State University of New York, Albany, NY
10-12/2015: Visiting Scholar, University of Oxford/Maison Française d’Oxford, UK

Assistant professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL Duits

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B0.26




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