Directory of Researchers

This page is constantly being reviewed. The intention is to have a list of researchers in Germanic linguistics, with details of their interests.

To add your details to our list, please get in touch with the Forum's secretary or president.

Christopher Beedham

Dept. of German, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9PH, Scotland

Research interests:  grammar and lexis of modern German (also English and Russian);  the method of lexical exceptions;  the passive; irregular verbs

John Bellamy

Universit of Exeter

Research interests: Sociolinguistics, language attitudes, language variation

Jennifer Bruen

School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland

Applied Linguistics: all aspects of foreign language learning and acquisition in particular the use of language learning strategies and the influence of individual learner differences including learning styles and learner motivation on the acquisition process. Interests also include the teaching / learning of German as a foreign language and German for Business.

Wini Davies
Dept of European Languages, UWA, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DY, Wales.

sociolinguistics; language awareness; standardisation processes; language attitudes, bad German

Martin Durrell

German Studies, SLLC, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

Main research interests: German dialectology and sociolinguistics; standardisation of German; German linguistic historiography

Current research: an ESRC/AHRC-funded project for the compilation of a representative historical corpus of German for 1650-1800

Dr Astrid Ensslin
School of Creative Studies and Media, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG

Research interests: corpora, discourse studies, language in the (new) media, narratology/stylistics (English, German)

Carol Fehringer
School of Modern Languages, University of Newcastle, NE1 7RU

German and Dutch morphology, German and Dutch phonology, Dialectology

The application of current theories of morphology and phonology to modern German and Dutch, with particular emphasis on modern German dialects. The analysis of morphological and phonological change from Middle High and Middle Low German to modern High and Low German dialects.

John L. Flood
University of London School of Advanced Study, Institute of Germanic Studies, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP, UK

Lexicography; Purism

History of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Sprachverein, especially its London Branch

Geraldine Horan


Department of German, University College London. Gower St. London. WC1E 6BT.

Research interests: sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, gender and language, discourses of nationalism and National Socialism, history of cursing and swearing.

Kristine Horner
Address: Department of Germanic Studies, University of Sheffield, Jessop West,
Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield S3 7RA

sociolinguistics, politics of language, language, migration and globalization, ethnic and national identities, multilingualism in Luxembourg.

My current work focuses on the multilayered dimensions and potential negotiability of language policy, especially in relation to recent decisions to introduce language requirements for citizenship in a number of European Union member-states.

Sally Johnson

Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, Leeds

Sociolinguistics, orthography, discourse analysis, language and gender.

Howard Jones

Keble College, Oxford OX1 3PG

Germanic philology, German historical linguistics, verb semantics

Cédric Krummes

I am interested in corpus linguistics, computer-mediated communication (CMC), Luxembourgish linguistics and materials development of less-widely taught languages. I am a research officer for the corpus project "What's Hard in German?" (WHiG) and I am a teaching fellow in Luxembourg Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Nils Langer

School of Modern Languages, 21 Woodland Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1TE

Linguistic Purism, Folk Linguistics; effectiveness of prescriptive grammarians; History of Germany, esp. Early New High German; Low German

current research: language and identity in nineteenth-century USA and northern Germany

Peter Rolf Lutzeier


Pro-Vice-Chancellors' Office, The University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX, England

Research interests: Lexicology, Semantics, Branding;

Current research topic: Wörterbuch des Gegensinns im Deutschen. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter (planned 3 volumes; Band 1: A-G published in 2007).

Nicola McLelland

Dept of German Studies, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD

history of linguistic thought, currently working on a book on the 17th century `father of German grammar', Justus-Georg Schottelius

John Partridge

School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF
pragmatics, German-English comparison, prosody, lexis and structure, ICT applications for language purposes

Currently looking into the relationship between accent, discourse particles and discourse context in English and German, also the expression of passive sense in both languages

Gertrud Reershemius

LSS-German; Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET

Research Interests: Language contact, bi- and multilingualism, Yiddish and Low German

Current research topics: Postvernacular linguistic practices in lesser used
languages, remnants of North-western Yiddish

Regina Weinert

Northumbria University

I am a native of Hamburg, Germany, and received my university education in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. I am interested in cognitive, functional and usage-based approaches to grammar and in the interface between syntax, pragmatics and discourse. Most of my work has addressed the structure of spoken language, including the implications of spoken language research for language models, first and second language acquisition and language typology. Given that spoken language is prior and primary in human beings, its profile is still remarkably low in linguistics publications overall. 

Melanie Schroeter


Department of German Studies, School of Languages and European Studies, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA

Discourse analysis, text linguistics, language and politics, language in the media, silence

My current work focuses on public / media discourses about political scandals and language scandals (in Germany). On the basis of text corpora from public / media discourses about a number of such scandals, I analyse metalinguistic comments about the language use (and silences) of those who are involved in these scandals. 

Horst Simon

Patrick Stevenson

Modern languages, School of Humanities, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Research interests: German and comparative sociolinguistics, multilingualism, the politics of language and language policy research, language ideologies, language biographies

Johanneke Sytsema


Taylor Institution Library, Oxford University, St. Giles', Oxford OX1 3NA

Research interests: Old-Frisian linguistics and philology, currently working on a text edition with grammar of Codex Unia.

Roel Vismans

Department of Germanic Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Dutch word order; politeness in Dutch; Dutch second-person pronouns; acquisition of Dutch as a foreign language

My current research covers Dutch word order and prosody (accentuation and intonation), and politeness in Dutch, especially the use of the second-person pronouns and their acquisition by students of Dutch as a foreign language. I have also carried out research into durative constructions, modal particles and computer-assisted language learning.

Sheila Watts

Department of German and Dutch, University of Cambridge

postal address: Newnham College, Cambridge CB3 9DF


Research interests: Older Germanic languages, especially Old Saxon;

history (especially historical morphology) of German; expression of tense and

aspect in the history of German; German conjunctions, particles and

adverbs and their development; variation in German.

Jonathan West

High Rochester, Northumberland
German and Germanic Linguistics, Morphology, Syntax, Lexicography

Currently engaged in a new grammar of Modern German organized on functional-notional principles, and word formation in Middle High German

George Walkden


Dept. of Linguistics & English Language, SALC, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

Research interests: early Germanic morphosyntax; Old High German and Old Saxon; historical linguistics; syntactic change; corpora

Richard Jason Whitt


formerly Research Associate, The GerManC Project, The University of Manchester,

Research interests: Semantics, Pragmatics, Syntax, Evidentiality,

Modality, Grammaticalization, Historical Germanic Linguistics, Cognitive

Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Comparative/Contrastive English &

German Linguistics

Current research: I am currently work at the GerManC Project, a corpus

development project seeking to build a representative corpus of Early

Modern German from 1650-1800.