Dr. Anne Lerche

Academic employment and qualifications

  • since 2015 Research Associate, Department of British Studies, Leipzig University
  • 2012-2015 PhD student, Research Training Group 1624 DFG "Frequency Effects in Language", University of Freiburg
  • 2007-2012 Bachelor and Master of Arts in British Studies (Anglistik), Leipzig University

Research Interests

  • Language variation and change
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Usage-based approaches to language
  • Corpus linguistics (Web-based corpora)

Teaching experience

(Leipzig University, unless otherwise stated)

  • Undergraduate classes (BA Anglistik/ LA Englisch):
    • English Phonetics and Phonology (SS 2016, SS 2018)
    • Systemlinguistik (WS 2016/17, WS 2017/18, WS 2018/19)
    • Written Academic Discourse (WS 2015/16, WS 2018/19)
    • Varieties of US-English (WS 2017/18)
  • Graduate classes (MA Anglistik):
    • Language Change across the Lifespan (WS 2017/18)
    • Frequency Effects in Language (WS 2018/19)
  • Corpus Linguistics/ Statistics:
    • Working with Language Corpora (11/2013, workshop organised in cooperation with Jakob Neels)
    • Introduction to Statistics in R (05/2014, workshop)
    • Introduction to Statistics in R (11/2015, workshop for doctoral students, Research Training Group 1624 DFG "Frequency Effects in Language", University of Freiburg)
    • Quantitative Linguistics (in R) (WS 2016/17)
    • Advanced Quantitative Linguistics (in R) (SS 2017)


  • “On the importance of persistence effects for investigations of language change.” Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), Tallinn, Estonia, 30/08/2018
  • “Frequency effects on entrenchment: Converging evidence from ongoing language change.” Eighth International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (DGKL 8), Koblenz, 27/09/2018
  • “Frequenzeffekte im analogischen Wandel und ihre kognitive Erklärung am Beispiel deutscher Imperative“ (invited talk). Dahlem Lectures in Linguistics, Free University Berlin, 22/11/2016
  • “The Challenges and Joys of Analysing Ongoing Language Change in Web-based Corpora: A Case Study.” Web as Corpus Workshop 2016, Berlin, 12/08/2016
  • “Evidence from the lab: Entrenchment effects in analogical change-in-progress.” UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2016, Bangor (UK), 22/07/2016
  • "Frequency Effects in Production and Perception of a Morphological Change-in-Progress in German." ICLC 2015 (International Cognitive Linguistics Conference). Northumbria University, Newcastle (UK), 20-26 July 2015.
  • "Frequency and recency effects in German morphological change-in-progress." CL 2015 (Corpus Linguistics Conference). Lancaster University (UK), 20-25 July 2015.
  • "Language change in video game instructions? - Testing Frequency Effects in Corpus and Experimental Data." PALC 2014 (Practical Applications of Language Corpora). University of Lodz (Poland), 20-22 November 2014.
  • "What counts? Frequency Effects in German morphological change." GURT 2014 (Georgetown University Round Table: Usage-Based Approaches to Language, Language Learning and Multilingualism). Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 14-16 March 2014.


Krause-Lerche, Anne. to appear. Processing latencies of competing forms in analogical levelling as evidence of frequency effects on entrenchment in ongoing language change. To appear in Cognitive Linguistics. [supplementary material (pdf download)]

Krause-Lerche, Anne. To appear. Conservation in ongoing analogical change: the measurement and effect(s) of token frequency. To appear in Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

Buchstaller, Isabelle, Anne Krause, Anja Auer, & Stefanie Otte. 2017. Levelling across the life-span? Tracing the FACE vowel in panel data from the North East of England. Journal of Sociolinguistics 21(1). 3-33.

Krause, Anne. 2016. The challenges and joys of analysing ongoing language change in web-based corpora: a case study. In Association for Computational Linguistics (ed.), Proceedings of the 10th Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC-X) and the EmpiriST Shared Task, 27–34.