Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986 – 1988
    Studied German philology and Romance philology at Marburg University, Germany

  • 1988 – 1989
    Assistante de Langue Allemande in Melle, France

  • 1990 – 1994
    Studied German philology and Romance philology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany; graduated with a teaching qualification for Gymnasiums (grammar schools) in German and French

  • 1995 – 1997
    Research associate on the German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Acquisition of degree particles", Department of German Language and Literature, FU Berlin

  • 1998
    Doctorate in German philology ("Focus particles and information structuring in German"); FU Berlin

  • 1998 – 2007
    Research associate in the language acquisition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands

  • 2005 – 2008
    Teaching appointments in the School of Language and Literary Studies at the University of Osnabrück and in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2007 – 2010
    W2 position in the language acquisition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, coordinator for the project "Information Structure in Language Acquisition"

  • 2010 – 2013
    Professor of German applied linguistics in the School of Language and Literary Studies at the University of Osnabrück

  • Since 2011
    Member of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück

  • Since 2013
    Professor of German linguistics at the University of Münster, Germany

Selected publications

  • Dimroth, Christine (2002). Topics, assertions and additive words: How L2 learners get from information structure to target language syntax. Linguistics, 40, 891-923.

  • Dimroth, Christine (2008). Age effects on the process of L2 acquisition? Evidence from the acquisition of negation and finiteness L2 German. Language Learning, 58, 117-150.

  • Dimroth, Christine; Andorno, Cecilia; Benazzo, Sandra; Verhagen, Josje (2010). Given claims about new topics. How Romance and Germanic speakers link changed and maintained information in narrative discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 42, 3328-3344.

  • Dimroth, Christine & Narasimhan, Bhuvana (2012). The development of linear ordering preferences in child language: The influence of accessibility and topicality. Language Acquisition, 19:4, 312-323.

  • Dimroth, Christine/Rast, Rebekah/Starren, Marianne/Watorek, Marzena (2013). Methods for studying the learning of a new language under controlled input conditions: The VILLA project. Eurosla Yearbook. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 109-138.

  • Turco, Giuseppina/Braun, Bettina/Dimroth, Christine (2014). When contrasting polarity, Germans use intonation, the Dutch particles. Journal of Pragmatics, 62, 94-106.


Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project DaZ-AF: German as a foreign language – The age factor (with Prof. Ursula Stephany, University of Cologne, Germany), 2000 – 2002

  • French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) international programmes for scientific cooperation (PICS), research unit: "Structures formelles du langage" (UMR 7023); and the language acquisition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; "Thema Rôle de la finitude dans l'acquisition des langues romanes et germaniques" (with Prof. Clive Perdue, University of Paris 8, France), 2002 – 2004

  • DFG-ANR (French National Research Agency) project LANGACROSS I: Utterance structure in context: first and second language acquisition in a cross-linguistic perspective (with Prof. Maya Hickmann, CNRS research unit: "Structures formelles du langage"), 2008 – 2011

  • DFG-ANR project LANGACROSS II: Utterance structure in context: Language and cognition during acquisition in a cross-linguistic perspective (with Prof. Maya Hickmann, CNRS research unit: "Structures formelles du langage" and Prof. Christiane von Stutterheim, Heidelberg University, Germany), 2011 – 2014

  • DFG project (Open Research Area) VILLA: Varieties of Initial Learners in Language Acquisition: Controlled classroom input and elementary forms of linguistic organisation (with Prof. Marzena Watorek, University of Paris 8, Dr. Marianne Starren, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, and Dr. Henriette Hendriks, Cambridge University, UK), 2011 – 2014

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