Dr. phil. Folajimi Oyebola (Wiss. Mitarbeiter)

Dr. phil. Folajimi Oyebola

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Research Areas 

  • Varieties of English (African Englishes)
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Syntax
  • Language use in discourse


April 2020

PhD English Linguistics, University of Münster, Germany

English Philology

February 2015M.A. English Linguistics, University of Lagos, Nigeria
November 2011B.A. English Studies and Literature, University of Benin, Nigeria

Awards, Grants, Honours

February 2022Walter Benjamin (DFG) Postdoctoral award.
2020Doctoral Grants by Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst, Germany
January 2015Best Graduate Student, University of Lagos, Nigeria
July 2013United Nations 2013 My World Survey Commendation Awards
November 2011Most Admirable Graduating Student, University of Benin, Nigeria
September 2010Most Outstanding Student, University of Benin, Nigeria
August 2008Best Undergraduate Student, University of Benin, Nigeria

Academic Career

Since Feb 2022Postdoctoral researcher, University of Bremen, Germany
Oct 2017 – Feb 2022Research Assistant, University of Münster, Germany
Mar 2 – Mar 31 2020Visiting Researcher, Department of English, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Jan 06 – Feb 28 2020Visiting Researcher, Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Dec 2015 – Sept 2017Lecturer, English Linguistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
May 2015 – Dec 2015Part-time Lecturer, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria

External Functions

Since 2019Managing Editor, CLAREP Journal of English and Linguistics (C-JEL)
Since 2018International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
Since 2017World Englishes in NRW (WEiN)
Since 2016English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN)

Scientific Conferences Attended with Paper Presentations:

June 20216th International Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE 6), University of Eastern Finland School of Humanities, Finland, held from 2 – 5 June 2021. Paper presented (with Dagmar Deuber and Muhammad Shakir): Orthographic Standardisation of .Nigerian Pidgin in Computer-mediated Communication Revisited.
November 201966th StuTs Conference on Linguistics, University of Munich, Germany, held from 27th to 30th, 2019. Paper presented (with Helena Moronova): Is Black English really black? Attitudes of Americans towards Black English
September 20198th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Bamberg, Germany, held from 26th to 28th September 2019. Paper presented (with Warsa Melles): Question Intonation in Educated Nigerian English.
August 2019International Congress of Phonetics Sciences (ICPHs) 2019, Melbourne, Australia, held from 5th to 9th August 2019. Paper presented (with SinYu Bonnie Ho and Zeyu Li): Sociophonetic Study of Dental Fricatives in Standard Nigerian English.
June 20198th Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference (baelc8), University of Bonn, Germany, held from 28th to 29th June 2019. Paper presented: Accents of English in Nigeria.
June 201940th International Linguistics Conference, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, held from 20th to 21st June 2019. Paper presented (with Kingsley Ugwuanyi and Adetunji Adepoju): Attitudes of Nigerians towards BBC Pidgin.
May 201965th StuTs Conference on Linguistics, University of Cologne, Germany, held from 23rd to 26th May, 2019. Paper presented: Accents of English in Nigeria: An Attitudinal Study
July 2018 5th International Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE 6), Institute of English Studies, Malet Street, London, held from 17 – 20 July 2018. Paper presented: Discourse Intonation in the Non-native English Environment.
May 2018International Workshop 2018, “Modelling the Linguistic Architecture of English Theories and Methods”, Universidad de Vigo, Spain, from 24th to 25th May 2018. Paper presented: Language Attitudes in Nigeria.
February 20179th University of Uyo Conference on Language and Literature (UCOLL), University of Uyo, Nigeria, held from 21st to 24th February 2017. Paper presented: Anywhere but Washington: A Critical Discourse Intonation Analysis of Donald Trump’s Election Victory Speech.
October 2016International Conference on Postgraduate Academic Writing, Networking and Mentoring in the Humanities (PAWNAM), Benson Idahosa University, Nigeria, held from 11th to 12th October 2016. Paper presented: Discourse Intonation and Pedagogy.
September 201632nd Annual National Conference of the English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN), Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, held from 5th to 8th September 2016. Paper Presented: Imagining the Future of English Studies: Discourse Intonation in the Nonnative English Environment.


Ugwuanyi, Kingsley & Oyebola, Folajimi (in press). Attitudes of Nigerian Expatriates towards Accents of English. Poznan Journal of Contemporary Linguistics.

Unuabonah, Foluke, & Oyebola, Folajimi (2022). “He’s a lawyer you know and all of that” General extenders in Nigerian English. English World-wide. https://doi.org/10.1075/eww.21065.ola

Alfred, Bukola & Oyebola, Folajimi (2021). Discourse Strategies in President Buhari’s Speech on the #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria. Language and Semiotic Studies, 7(4), 121-144.

Unuabonah, Foluke, Oyebola, Folajimi & Gut, Ulrike (2021). “Abeg na! We write so our comments can be posted!” The Borrowing of Nigerian Pidgin Pragmatic Markers in Nigerian English. Pragmatics. https://doi.org/10.1075/prag.19038.unu

Oyebola, Folajimi (2021). Me too: A Corpus-based Critical Discourse Analysis of Sexual Discoursein News on the Web. In M. Ademilokun, A. Onanuga, F. Oamen & B. Alfred (Eds.) Critical Discourse Analysis and the Linguistics of Social Media Interaction: Essays in Honour of Professor Rotimi Taiwo. Ile-Ife: Obafemi Awolowo University Press.

Oyebola, Folajimi. (2021). Speaking English the Nigerian Way: Acceptable or not? In A. Daramola, C. Anyagwa & T. Adepoju (Eds.), FunctionalApproaches to Language and Literary Studies: Essays in Honour of Professor Segun Awonusi. Lagos: University of Lagos Press.

Oyebola, Folajimi & Gut, Ulrike (2020). Nigerian Newscasters’ English as a Model of English in Nigeria? Poznan Journal of Contemporary Linguistics56(4), 651-680.

Oyebola, Folajimi & Alfred, Bukola (2020). Verb Complementation Patterns in Nigerian English. CLAREP Journal of English and Linguistics, 2, 57-76.

Oyebola, Folajimi. (2020). Theorising World Englishes: Attitudes and Identity in the Nigerian Context. In Adepoju T. (Ed.), Linguistics and Literary Theories: An Empirical Exploration. Lagos: University of Lagos Press.

Oyebola, Folajimi (2020). Relative Clauses in Standard Nigerian English. ClarepJournal of English and Linguistics 2: 60-75.

Alfred, Bukola & Oyebola, Folajimi (2019). Media Perspectives on Boko Haram Insurgency and Herdsmen-Farmers’ Crises in Nigeria: An Analysis of Transitivity in Newspaper Editorials. Linguistik Online, 95(2), 3-16. https://doi.org/10.13092/lo.95.5513

Oyebola, Folajimi, Ho, Sin Yu Bonnie, & Li, Zeyu (2019). A Sociophonetic Study on TH Variation in Educated Nigerian English. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetics Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 2320-2323). Canberra, Australia: Australia Speech Science and Technology Association Inc. icphs2019.org/icphs2019-fullpapers/pdf/full-paper_730.pdf

Oyebola, Folajimi (2018). Number Marking in BBC Pidgin. International Journal of Linguistics, 3(1), 35-44.

Oyebola, Folajimi (2017). The Future of English Studies: Discourse Intonation in the Nonnative English Environment. Journal of the English Scholars Association of Nigeria, 19 (1), 138-150.

Oyebola, Folajimi (2016). A Night of a Thousand Laughs: A Pragmatic Study of Humour in Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP), 6(6), 433-437. http://www.ijsrp.org/research-paper-0616/ijsrp-p5460.pdf

Oyebola, Folajimi (2016). Training Effects on Perception and Production of the VowelSchwa: A Study of Selected Yoruba Speakers of English. Saarbrücken: Lambert.


  • Current topics in research on World Englishes (Monday: 10:15 – 11:45 )
  • English‐based Pidgins and Creoles (Monday: 14:15 – 15:45)


  • Since Feb. 2022. Verb complementation patterns in African Englishes (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - Projektnummer 493540387)
  • BBC Pidgin Corpus (since 2017) Own resources project