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Anita Auer is a (socio)historical linguist with a special interest in diachronic and synchronic aspects of language variation and change. She has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research, particularly the correlation between language variation and change and socio-economic history, as well as textual history (in relation to corpus linguistics). Her current research focuses on (a) alternative histories of the English language, i.e. the role of historical urban vernaculars in standardisation processes