Philipp Hänggi
Assistant / PhD candidate
Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Professur Mondada

Assistant / PhD candidate

Maiengasse 51
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 12 62

I am a PhD researcher in the Department of Linguistics and Literature at the University of Basel, where I am part of the SNF project The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space directed by Lorenza Mondada and Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven). Prior to joining the French department, I completed my MA studies in Language and Communication at the University of Basel in 2019.

My research centers on the use of language in everyday life, thus focusing on naturally occurring social interaction. I bring together methods from Multimodal Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics and Ethnomethodology to investigate language practices in present-day, urban environments – with a particular focus on how unacquainted persons spontaneously engage in interaction in multilingual settings in Switzerland and in Belgium. Based on video-recordings collected in multilingual cities, touristic locations, and areas of multiple contact, my research contributes to the analysis of interactional openings among strangers by systematically taking into account the individuals’ embodied resources; provides a situated analysis of language contact in situ; demonstrates that the speakers’ language choices are sensitive to the social categorization of the interactants; and informs urban public space as a locus of multilingualism in action.


Mondada, L., Bänninger, J., Bouaouina, S. A., Gauthier, G., Hänggi, P., Koda, M., Svensson, H., Tekin, B. S. (2020). Doing paying during the Covid-19 pandemic. Discourse Studies, 22(6), 720–752. doi: 10.1177/1461445620950860

Mondada, L., Bänninger, J., Bouaouina, S. A., Camus, L., Gauthier, G., Hänggi, P., Koda, M., Svensson, H., Tekin, B. S. (2020). Human sociality in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic: A systematic examination of change in greetings. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 24(4), 1–28. doi: 10.1111/josl.12433

Mondada, L., Bänninger, J., Bouaouina, S. A., Gauthier, G., Hänggi, P., Koda, M., Svensson, H., Tekin, B. S. (2020). Changing social practices: Covid-19 and new forms of sociality. Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, 2, 217–232. doi: 10.3240/97807

Hänggi, P., & Diederich, C. (2017). Accommodating language: A comparative investigation of the use of euphemisms for death and dying in obituaries in English and in German. In A. Capone & V. Parvaresh, The Pragmeme of accommodation: The case of interaction around the event of death (pp. 277–299). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Research topics:

-     Conversation Analysis

-     Multimodality

-     Ethnomethodology

-     Multilingual interaction

-     Embodiment