Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980 – 1987
    Studied German philology and geography, Universities of Tübingen, Germany, and Aix-Marseille, France

  • 1988 – 1993
    Research assistant in a German Research Foundation (DFG) project on the language of early newspapers, University of Tübingen

  • 1993
    PhD with a dissertation on the history of 'tough movement' in German and English

  • 1993 – 1995
    Postdoc fellowship from the DFG, visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

  • 1995
    Visiting researcher at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, Germany

  • 1996 – 1997
    Lecturer in the English Department, University of Leipzig, Germany

  • 1997 – 2000
    Lecturer in the Department of Germanic Linguistics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

  • 1999
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, with a thesis on the historical syntax of the German noun phrase

  • 1999 – 2000
    Visiting C4 professor of German philology at the University of Tübingen

  • 2000 – 2001
    Visiting C4 professor of contemporary German language at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

  • 2002
    Visiting professor of the history of the German language at Péter-Pázmány University in Piliscsaba, Hungary

  • 2002 – 2011
    C4 professor of the linguistic system and grammar of the German language, including the recent history of the German language, at Saarland University, Germany

  • Since 2011
    W3 professor of the history and varieties of the German language at the University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Since 2018
    Chair of the German Linguistic Society

Selected publications

  • Demske, U.: Modales Passiv und Tough Movement – Zur strukturellen Kausalität eines syntaktischen Wandels im Deutschen und Englischen. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1994.

  • Demske, U.: Grammatische Merkmale und Relationen. Diachrone Studien zur Nominalphrase des Deutschen. Studia Linguistica Germanica 56. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2001.

  • Demske, U.: Zur Geschichte der "ung"-Nominalisierung im Deutschen: Ein Wandel morphologischer Produktivität. In: Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur 122, 2000. S. 365-411.

  • Demske, U.: Zur Distribution von Infinitivkomplementen im Althochdeutschen. In: Müller, R., Reis, M. (Hg.): Modalität und Modalverben im Deutschen. In: Sonderheft der Linguistischen Berichte 9, 2001. S. 61-86.

  • Demske, U.: Nominalization and Argument Structure in Early New High German. In: Lang, E., Zimmermann, I. (Hg.): Nominalization. Berlin: ZASPIL 27, 2002. S. 67-90.

  • Demske, U.: Weshalb Demonstrativpronomina nicht immer Determinantien sind. In: Franz-Josef d'Avis (Hg.): Deutsche Syntax: Empirie und Theorie. Symposium Göteborg 13.-15. Mai 2004. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis (= Göteborger Germanistische Forschungen 46), 2005. S. 53-80.

  • Demske, U.: Das Mercurius-Projekt: eine Baumbank für das Frühneuhochdeutsche. In: Zifonun, G., Kallmeyer, W. (Hg.): Sprachkorpora – Datenmengen und Erkenntnisfortschritt. Berlin: de Gruyter (= Jahrbuch des Instituts für deutsche Sprache 2006), 2007. S. 91-104.

  • Demske, U.: Raising patterns in Old High German. In: Thórhallur Eythórsson (ed.): Grammatical Change and Linguistic Theory: the Rosendahl Papers. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2008. S. 143-172.

  • Demske, U.: Verbstellungsvariation in hypothetischen Vergleichssätzen. In: Linguistische Berichte 238, 2014. S. 101 – 140.

  • Demske, U.: Towards coherent infinitival patterns in the history of German. In: Journal of Historical Linguistics 5, 2015. S. 6 – 40.


Selected projects

  • Collaborative Research Centre 1287 Potsdam: German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Grammatical processing and syntactic change", 2017 – 2021

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Creating a digitally available, structured, transcribed, lemmatised and grammatically annotated reference corpus of Early New High German (1350 – 1650)", 2011 – 2018

  • Collaborative Research Centre 632 Potsdam: German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Information structure and clause linking", 2012 – 2015

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Review Board 'Linguistics', German Science Foundation, since 2016

  • Research board of Saarland University, 2010 – 2011

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate and grants committee for Research Training Groups, 2006 – 2011

Additional qualifications

  • Vice president for International Affairs, Alumni and Fundraising at Potsdam University/Germany, 2013 – 2015

  • Vice president for teaching and student affairs at Saarland University/Germany, 2007 – 2009

  • Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy II, Saarland University, 2006 – 2007

  • Vice Chair of the German Linguistic Society, 1996 – 1999

  • Chair of the German Linguistic Society, since 2018


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