PD Dr. phil. Roland Schäfer

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

I’m a linguist focussing on German morphosyntax in written language (including non-standard written language) as well as the grammar-graphemics interface. I hold a ‘venia legendi’ for German Linguistics and Theoretical Linguistics from the Faculty of Language Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. As a ‘Privatdozent’, I’m a member of the faculty.

My linguistic approach is cognitively oriented, theory-driven, and strongly empirical. I use corpus-linguistic and experimental methods. I also have a strong  interest in statistical methods, epistemology, and methods of large-scale data analysis. Furthermore, I’m the principal creator of a suite of very large web corpora (COW), which researchers can access at webcorpora.org. From 2015 to 2018, I worked on my own DFG-funded project about the grammar on the German web at Freie Universität Berlin. I was visiting professor for German Grammar at Freie Universität Berlin in 2016 and from 2018 to 2019.

Finally, I have a strong interest in teaching methodology and the education of future schoolteachers of German, focussing on the role of linguistic knowledge in the acquisition of educated language and register awareness. I have a broad teaching experience in German Linguistics and English Linguistics as well as General/Theoretical Linguistics and Applied Computational Linguistics.


A04 Situated syntax: Exploring and modeling syntactic register variation in German


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