Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies/Associate Professor

Applied linguistics (conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics)

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Dr. Betz is Associate Professor of German and a Conversation Analyst. She joined the University of Waterloo in 2012.

In the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Dr. Betz teaches language courses and applied linguistics courses. She also contributes to directing the German language program and training language teacher.

Dr. Betz’s research interests include conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Her book “Grammar and Interaction: Pivots in German Conversation” investigates syntactic patterns and syntactic variation in spoken German. She has also published on 'little words' (address and reference terms, modal particles, response tokens) and their role in constructing and displaying knowledge. Dr. Betz is interested in cross-linguistic comparisons (between languages and between varieties of German) and in the acquisition and development of pragmatic skills (in language learners as well as children and teenagers).

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