Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975 – 1980
    Study of German and English Philology, LMU Munich

  • 1980 – 1995
    Research Fellow in German and Theoretical Linguistics, Institute for German Philology, LMU Munich

  • 1986
    PhD (Dr. phil.), LMU Munich ("summa cum laude")

  • 1995
    Habilitation, LMU Munich

  • 1995 – 1996
    Assistant Professor, Institute for German Philology, LMU Munich

  • 1996 – 1997
    Professor in German as a Foreign Language, University of Heidelberg

  • 1997 – 1998
    Professor in German Linguistics, University of Stuttgart

  • Since 1998
    Professor in German Linguistics, University of Cologne

Selected publications

  • Animacy and telicity: Semantic constraints on impersonal passives. Lingua Special Issue Semantic Aspects of Case Variation. In press.

  • Animacy, generalized semantic roles, and differential object marking. In: Lamers, Monique / de Swart, Peter (eds.) Case, word order, and prominence: Psycholinguistic and theoretical approaches to argument structure. Dordrecht: Springer. In press.

  • Case marking typology. In: Song, Jae Jung (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 303-321.

  • Case, grammatical relations, and semantic roles. In: Malchukov, Andrej / Spencer, Andrew (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Case. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 261-275.

  • The typological and historical variation of punctuation systems: Comma constraints. Written Language and Literacy 10.2, 2007. 103-128.

  • Hierarchy mismatches and the dimensions of role semantics. In: Bornkessel Ina / Schlesewsky Matthias / Comrie, Bernard / Friederici, Angela D. (eds). Semantic role universals and argument linking. Theoretical, typological and psycholinguistic perspectives. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2006. 53-88.

  • (with Martin Neef, eds) From letter to sound ? New perspectives on writing systems. Written Language and Literacy 7.2, Special Issue, 2004a.

  • A featural analysis of the Modern Roman Alphabet. Written Language and Literacy 7.2, 2004b. 235-274.

  • Zum Silbenbegriff in der Schrift-, Laut- und Gebärdensprache ? Versuch einer mediumunabhängigen Fundierung. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 22, 2003. 3-55.

  • Cases and thematic roles? Ergative, accusative and active. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1999.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Grants Committee on Research Training Groups of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Member of the assessment committee for project proposals to the RheinEnergie-Stiftung

  • President of the assessment committee for the Offermann-Hergarten-Awards

  • Assistant President of the Association for Written Language and Literacy

  • Member of the International Scientific Advisory Council, Institute for German Language, Mannheim; 2006-2011 President

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Council, Institute for German Language, Mannheim, 2006-2011 President, 2002-2002 Assistant President

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