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Jennifer Dailey-O'Cain, PhD, MA, BA



Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

About Me

I am a Professor of German Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. I have been teaching at the University of Alberta since 1997.

I was educated in the United States, receiving bachelor's degrees in German and Linguistics at Michigan State University in East Lansing and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I taught German for six years at the University of Michigan during my graduate education before coming to the U of A.


I am a sociolinguist with a research focus on everyday language in use, but with an eye toward how this use relates to larger issues of identity, ideology, and globalization. My work focuses on German, English, and Dutch.

My current project is a study of the differential use of English within online conversations of German youth on the one hand and Dutch youth on the other, and what these differences can tell us about language and globalization. It is entitled "National spaces, trans-national language: English in interaction in German and Dutch social media communities."


I teach courses on German linguistics and applied linguistics, though in the past I have also taught German language courses. I also teach a introductory undergraduate course in English called Language and Power. I teach at all levels, from beginning undergraduate to advanced graduate, and I have supervised both honours undergraduate and graduate students working on all sorts of languages.