Teaching

In the summer semester 2019, I have no teaching duties. I’ll be on a sabbatical leave.


In the winter semester 2018/19, I’ll be offering three courses at the University of Cologne:

  • 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 (graduate level, advanced course, course number: 14467.0204; Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, room: S89) [description] [only for prospective teachers = LehramtskandidatInnen].
  • 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 (graduate level, advanced course, course number: 14467.0206; Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, room: 2.006) [description] [only for prospective teachers = LehramtskandidatInnen].
  • Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft, University of Cologne (undergraduate level, basic course, course number: 14467.0115; Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:30 am, room: S22; Thursdays, 8:00 – 9:30 am, room: S22) [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 offer one basic course at the University of Cologne for undergraduate students and one advanced course at the University of Lisbon for graduate students. In addition, I co-organize a linguistic colloquium:

  • 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)
  • Linguistischer Arbeitskreis, University of Cologne (graduate level + PhD level, linguistic colloquium, Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, room: 2.006), joint lecture series with Klaus von Heusinger [schedule]
  • Tba. (University of Lisbon)

Moreover, I’ll give lectures on how one can do linguistic research using Cosmas II queries:

  • Demonstrative (joint lectures with Klaus von Heusinger on Topic Shift; June, 13: Cosmas II tutorial + June, 27: analysis + evaluation)

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 queries) [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]