Teaching

In the winter semester 2018/19, I’ll be offering two advanced courses at the University of Cologne. Both of them are designed only for prospective teachers (LehramtskandidatInnen):

  • Zum Spracherwerb der deutschen Syntax - In this course, I will explain how and when selected syntactic structures are acquired in German and why they pose a challenge for chlidren diagnosed with different specific language impairments [description].
  • Anmelden, besuchen und bestehen! Infinite Strukturen im Deutschen - I taught a similar course in the winter semester 2014/15 at the University of Potsdam and decided to write an introduction book (Einführung in die nicht-finite Syntax des Deutschen) together with my colleague, Augustin Speyer, from the Saarland University on a similar topic. I’ll use our book for the purposes of this course [description].

Please note: Due to the fact that in last semesters over 200 candidates applied for my individual courses, I am forced to introduce selection criteria. Preference will be given to candidates who attended my courses in the last two years.


In the summer semester 2018, I’ll be offering one basic course at the University of Cologne for undergraduate students and one advanced course at the University of Lisbon for graduate students:

  • Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft, University of Cologne (undergraduate level, basic course, course number: 14467.0107; Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am, room: 103 Seminarraum S76; Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, room: 106 Seminarraum S22)
  • Tba. (University of Lisbon)

In previous semesters I taught the following courses at the University of Cologne:

  • winter semester 2017/18: Syntax des Deutschen + wissenschaftliche Arbeitsmethoden [evaluation]
  • summer semester 2017: Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft [evaluation]

Intro - SoSe 2017In this picture, you can see students’ reactions after having mastered V-to-C movement in German (all students agreed to be part of this post). This was a very nice and creative group!

Addtionally, I gave lectures representing my colleagues in the following courses:

  • Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft (representing Daniel Gutzmann, lecture on presuppositions in German)
  • Das Verb in der deutschen Sprachgeschichte (representing Agnes Jäger, lecture on the grammaticalization of the verb versprechen ‘promise’) [slides]
  • Definitheit (representing Klaus von Heusinger, lecture on strong and weak definite articles in German corpora)
  • Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft (representing Daniel Gutzmann, lecture on prosodic structures in German)
  • Definitheit (joint lecture with Klaus von Heusinger on weak definites in (the history of) German and a short tutorial on Cosmas II searches) [slides]
  • winter semester 2016/17: Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft [evaluation]

In addition, I gave lectures representing my colleagues in the following courses:

  • Nominalphrasen (representing Klaus von Heusinger, lecture on parts of speech and phrases)
  • Historische Sprachwissenschaft des Deutschen (representing Agnes Jäger, lecture on phonological language change processes: Grimm’s law, Verner’s law)
  • Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft (representing Carla Umbach, lecture on morphological language change processes)

In previous semesters I taught the following courses at the University of Potsdam:

  • winter semester 2016/17: Historisch-vergleichende Syntax (graduate level, extensive course) [description] [evaluation]
  • summer semester 2016: Geschichte der deutschen Sprache (undergraduate level, basic course) [description] [evaluation]
  • winter semester 2015/16: Adverbialsätze im Deutschen. Synchrone und diachrone Aspekte (graduate level, extensive course) [description] [evaluation]
  • winter semester 2015/16: Zum Entstehen, Wandel und Erwerb grammatischer Kategorien (undergraduate level, extensive course) [description] [evaluation]
  • summer semester 2015: Infinitivmuster und ihre Variation in (west)germanischen Sprachen (graduate level, extensive course with Ulrike Demske) [description]
  • summer semester 2015: Geschichte der deutschen Sprache (undergraduate level, basic course) [description]
  • winter semester 2014/15: ‘Anmelden, besuchen und bestehen!’ Infinite Strukturen im Deutschen. Synchrone und diachrone Aspekte’ (extensive course) [description] [evaluation]
  • summer semester 2014: Geschichte der deutschen Sprache (basic course) [description] [evaluation]
  • winter semester 2013/14: Geschichte der deutschen Sprache (basic course) [description]
  • summer semester 2013: Grammatikalisierung in der Geschichte des Deutschen (extensive course) [description] [evaluation]