Dr. Carrie Ankerstein

Dr. Ankerstein on leave for SoSe 2020 and WiSe 2020–21

Dr. Ankerstein is currently a Teaching Fellow in English and Linguistics at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. She will return in February of 2021.

Dr. Carrie Ankerstein



Senior Lecturer ("Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben")


Areas of interest/expertise: Psycholinguistics and Applied Linguistics


Courses: Introduction to English Linguistics, English Phonetics and Phonology, Proseminars in Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition, Advanced Written Expression, and Research Methods


Office Hours: by appointment (email me).


Email: c.ankerstein(at)mx.uni-saarland.de


Tel.: +49 (0)681 302 2083


I joined the English Department at Saarland University in the Winter Semester 2008 as a Lecturer for Applied Linguistics. I received my BA in German Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and the Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, Germany. I went on to complete a Certificate in German Philology from the Albert-Ludwigs Universität. I obtained an MPhil in Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge, England. I received my PhD in Psycholinguistics from the University of Sheffield, Department of Human Communication Sciences in 2006 and stayed in Sheffield for another 18 months as a post-doctoral researcher in implicit language processing in people with aphasia as part of Professor Rosemary Varley’s Language and Cognition Lab. I am willing to supervise BA dissertations in the areas of first and second language acquisition and psycholinguistics.


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Research Interests:

  • Implicit Language Processing
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language and Thought


Current Projects:

  • Online syntactic parsing in non-native speakers of English (funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation)
  • Semantic priming in a second language


Selected Publications:


Ankerstein, C.A. (2019). The perpetuation of prescriptivism in popular culture. English Today, 35(3), 55-60.


Ankerstein, C.A. (2017). The role of the native language in foreign accents: Germans are not aiming for a fossilized form of English: a response to Booth (2015). English Today, 33(4), 30-32.


Ankerstein, C.A. (2014). A psycholinguistic measurement of second language proficiency: The coefficient of variation (pp. 109-121). In Leclercq, P., Edmonds A., & Hilton H. (Eds.) Measuring L2 proficiency: perspectives from SLA. Multilingual Matters: Bristol.


Ankerstein, C.A. & Morschett, R. (2013). Do you hear what I hear?: A comparison of phoneme perception in native and Saarlandian German nonnative speakers of English. Saarland Working Papers in Linguistics, 4, 1-8.


Ankerstein, C.A. (2011). Qualitatively similar automatic semantic priming in native and nonnative speakers. Proceedings of the fourth ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics ExLing 2011, 11-14.