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English Linguistics: About us

The faculty for English Linguistics at the University of Konstanz consists of the following staff members:

  • Prof. Dr. Janet Grijzenhout (Chair and coordinator)
  • Otto Pape, Mphil
  • Dr. des. Muna Pohl
  • Prof. Dr. Frans Plank
Former staff:
  • Heidi Altmann
  • Baris Kabak
English Linguistics at Konstanz adopts modern linguistic approaches towards the study of the English language and focuses on the core areas of grammar (esp. phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax) from synchronic, diachronic, typological, as well as psycholinguistic (i.e. processing and acquisition) perspectives. The research and teaching expertise of the faculty members includes Phonology and its interfaces with other components of grammar, Prosody, Morphology, First and Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Typology, and Historical Linguistics.

We are part of the Department of Linguistics, which has strengths in many areas of theoretical, historical, and applied linguistics. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics are all well represented in the research interests of the linguistics faculty. Furthermore, there is a strong interest in the role of Linguistics in Cognitive Science, as reflected in the computational, psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic orientation of several faculty members. This conception provides a fruitful environment to place research and teaching of individual languages or language families at Konstanz in the broader context of the scientific study of the human language faculty.