Elicker, Martina

Elicker, Martina studied English and French at the University of Graz, Austria; Rider University, NJ; Columbia University, NY; Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. In 1995, she received her doctorate degree from the University of Graz. She has predominately been teaching within the field of applied language studies and linguistics at the English Department of the University of Graz since 1994. Her main fields of research include semiotics (with a focus on the analysis of the connection between language and music), sociolinguistics, dialectics and phonetics, in which she has published numerous works.

She is the author of Semiotics of Popular Music. The Theme of Loneliness in Mainstream Pop and Rock Songs (Tübingen 1997), and has published several articles on the relationship of language and music in popular music, among them “Popular Music in the Age of the Video Clip,” Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik (1998), “Illustration, Amplification, and Disjuncture in Popular Music Video Clips. A Case Study,” Crossing Borders. Interdisciplinary Intercultural Interaction (1999), “Concept Albums: Song Cycles in Popular Music,” Word and Music Studies 3 (2001), “Images of American Society in Pop, Rock, and Folk Songs of the Past 30 Years,” European Journal for Semiotic Studies: Signs, Music, Society I (2001), and “Rock Opera – Opera on the Rocks?” Word and Music Studies 4 (2002), “Cultural, Racial, and Religious Difference in Shakespeare’s Othello, Verdi’s Otello, and Zeffirelli’s Otello: A Critical Comparison,” Semiotische Berichte (2004), “The Use of Music in the English and American Studies Classroom,” Contexts of English in Use: Past and Present. A Festschrift for Peter Bierbaumer (2007), “The American West in Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and David Belasco’s The Girl of the Golden West”, English Language, Literature and Culture in a Global Context (2008), “Popular Songs: Text in(to) Song – Song in(to) Text,” The Materials Generator. Designing Innovative Materials for Advanced Language Production (2009).

Email: martina.elicker@uni-graz.at

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