Short CV/Education and training

  • 1960
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1960 – 1968
    Studied at LMU Munich, Germany (1960-1963, 1965-1968), Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA (1963-1965)

  • 1965
    M.A. in Latin philology from Bryn Mawr College

  • 1966 – 1975
    Lecturer in the Department of German Philology II, LMU Munich

  • 1970
    PhD in German (major subject) and Latin philology, logic and theory of science, LMU Munich

  • 1972 – 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 1972 – 1973
    Visiting Scientist in the Department of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

  • 1975
    Habilitation in German philology at LMU Munich

  • 1975 – 1984
    Professor (C4) of German linguistics, University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1979 – 1980
    Visiting professor at UER d'Allemand, Université de Paris VIII, France

  • 1980
    Offer of a professorship in the German Department, University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA (declined)

  • 1982 – 1983
    Visiting professor at UER d'Allemand, Université de Paris VIII, France

  • Since 1984
    Professor (C4) of German linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1997
    Visiting professor in the German Department of Lund University, Sweden

  • 1999 – 2000
    Visiting professor at the Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin, Germany

  • 2009
    Emeritus

Selected publications

  • Reis, M.: Lauttheorie und Lautgeschichte. Untersuchungen am Beispiel der Dehnungs- und Kürzungsvorgänge im Deutschen. Munich: Fink. p. 336. (Internationale Bibliothek für allgemeine Linguistik 14).

  • Reis, M.: Hermann Paul. In: Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur (Tübingen) 100, 1978. pp. 159-204.

  • Reis, M.: Zum Subjektbegriff im Deutschen. In: Satzglieder im Deutschen. Vorschläge zur syntaktischen, semantischen und pragmatischen Fundierung. Ed. by W. Abraham. (Studien zur deutschen Grammatik 15). Tübingen: Narr. pp. 171-211.

  • Reis, M.[together with I. Rosengren]: What Do the Imperatives Tell us About the Movement? In: Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 10, 1992. pp. 79-118.

  • Reis, M. [together with M. Brandt, I. Rosengren, I. Zimmermann]: Satztyp, Satzmodus und Illokution. In: Satz und Illokution. Vol. I. Ed. by I. Rosengren. (Linguistische Arbeiten 278). Tübingen: Niemeyer. pp. 1-90.

  • Reis, M.: Zur Grammatik und Pragmatik von Echo Fragen. In: Satz und Illokution. Vol. I. Ed. by I. Rosengren. (Linguistische Arbeiten 278). Tübingen: Niemeyer. pp. 213-262.

  • Reis, M.: Extractions from Verb Second Clauses in German? In: On Extraction and Extraposition in German. Ed. by U. Lutz and J. Pafel. Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp. 45-88.

  • Reis, M. [together with I. Rosengren]: A Modular Approach to the Grammar of Additive Particles: The Case of German Auch. In: Journal of Semantics 14, 1997. pp. 237-309.

  • Reis, M.: Bilden Modalverben im Deutschen eine syntaktische Klasse? In: Modalität und Modalverben im Deutschen. Ed. by R. Müller et al. (in: Linguistische Berichte, supplement 9). Hamburg: Buske. pp. 287-318.

  • Reis, M.: Modals, So-called Semi-Modals, and Grammaticalization in German. In: Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 12, 2007. pp. 1-57.

  • Reis, M. [together with A. Wöllstein]: Zur Grammatik (vor allem) konditionaler Verberst Gefüge im Deutschen. In: Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 29, 2010. pp. 111-179.


Selected projects

  • Subproject: Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 441: "Sentence construction – subordination – parenthesis" (together with H. Truckenbrodt), 2005 – 2008

  • Subproject (SFB 441): "Modal verbs and modality in German" (together with V. Ehrich), 1999 – 2004

  • Subproject (SFB 340): "wh-Interrogative sentence construction and related phenomena. Investigations based on German", or: "Sentence structure and projection structure of German", 1989 – 2000

  • Co-director of the "Language and pragmatics" research programme (Director: I. Rosengren, Lund University, Sweden); [sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Swed. Riksbank Fund], 1987 – 1992

  • DFG project: "Lexical structure and grammar" (together with H. Brekle, University of Regensburg, Germany), 1985 – 1988

  • Participation in the CNRS research project Processus de constitution des théories linguistiques (director: B.N. Grünig, Université de Paris VIII), 1983 – 1988

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Heisenberg committee, German Research Foundation (DFG), 1995 – 2000

  • Deputy chairperson of DFG expert committee 109, 1993 – 1996

  • Peer reviewer for Allgemeine und Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft (General and Applied Linguistics), 1988 – 1996

  • Substitute peer reviewer for Allgemeine und Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft, 1984 – 1988

Additional qualifications

  • Spokesperson of Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 441, "Linguistic data structures", 1999 – 2008

  • Deputy spokesperson of SFB 340‚ "Theoretical linguistic bases of computational linguistics", Stuttgart/Tübingen, Germany, 1989 – 1996


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