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Current research interests:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • English Syntax and Lexicogrammar
  • Spoken English
  • Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
  • (South) Asian Englishes
  • English as a World/Second language


Completed projects:

  • Parasyntactic presentation structures: an empirical and functional analysis of the interaction between intonation and syntax (together with Jürgen Esser and Jacqueline Monschau, University of Bonn, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 2000-2003, group leader Jürgen Esser)
  • Reform der Universitären Sprachpraxisausbildung (funded by the University of Giessen 2004-2006)
  • The Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI): compiling the German component (funded by the University of Giessen 2004-2005)
  • Ausbau der korpuslinguistischen Lern- und Arbeitsumgebung am Institut für Anglistik (funded by the University of Giessen 2006-2008)
  • Indian English and Indian English literature in the EFL classroom
  • English verb complementation: corpus data and usage-based models
  • Corpus linguistics and English language teaching (application of best-practice modules to the Deutsche Sprachinfrastruktur (D-SPIN) funded by the European Commission 2008-2009)
  • Verb-complementation in South Asian Englishes: a study of ditransitive verbs in web-derived corpora (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 2008-2012)
  • Englisch als lingua franca in der Wissenschafts- und Wirtschaftskommunikation (funded by the State of Hesse as part of the LOEWE Research Programme "Kulturtechniken und ihre Medialisierung" 2008-2012)


Major on-going projects:

Major Conferences hosted at the University of Giessen:

  • 22nd Conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung (DGFF) at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, 3 to 6 October 2007 (funded by DFG and supported by various sponsors)
  • Web as Culture: Ethnographic, Didactic and Linguistic Perspectives at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, 16 to 18 July 2009 (funded by GCSC, GHG and ZMI)
  • 31st Conference of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME) at Hotel and Conference Centre Steinsgarten, Giessen, 26 to 30 May 2010 (funded by DFG, supported by GHG and other sponsors)
  • 12th Teaching and Language Corpora (TaLC) Conference, Giessen, 20 to 23 July 2016 (funded by DFG, supported by GHG and other sponsors)