Welcome to English Linguistics in the Department of English at Saarland University

The central areas of teaching and research at the Section of English Linguistics are concerned with the correspondences between form and meaning available in natural language. Key questions and issues in our investigations are: How can the systematic nature of English sentences be explained within the cognitive system of human language? In which areas can we identify telling differences and similarities, respectively, compared to earlier stages of the language, to currently spoken varieties of English, and to other languages? What are the subtle regularities of grammatical structures; what are the consequences for our understanding of the still largely underappreciated linguistic system in general? 


News and Events


Our group has been active over the past months. In addition to the continuous annotation project work and data collection endeavors, here are some interesting international reference points: 1. The reviewed volume Particles in German, English, and Beyond ed. by Remus Gergel, Ingo Reich & Augustin Speyer has been published with John Benjamins! 2. Remus Gergel gave invited talks on the Human Diachronic Simulation Paradigm (HUDSPA) at 'Sentence Grammar - Discourse Grammar' in Tübingen in July and as a keynote at 'Formal Diachronic Semantics' in Budapest in November. 3. Our group and Edgar Onea's group at the University of Graz gave a presentation on innovative methods of combining experimental and diachronic linguistics at this year's ELM 2 conference in Philadelphia in May (Gergel, Puhl, Dampfhofer & Onea, forthcoming). 4. Martin Kopf presented joint project work on annotational techniques and results at this year's ESSLLI workshop 'Bridges and gaps between formal and computational linguistics' in Galway in August. 5. Kurt Erbach gave a poster presentation based on joint work with Remus Gergel at this year's Comparative Germanic Workshop in Chicago in October. 


Prof. Kristín Jóhannsdóttir gave a guest lecture on 'The Progressive Aspect in Icelandic and English' on December, 13, 2022.

Dr. Martin Fuchs gave a guest lecture on 'Integrating parallel corpora and experimental research in crosslinguistic tense-aspect semantics: a multi-pronged approach to the Perfect' on July, 6, 2022.

Prof. Edgar Onea (University of Graz) gave a guest lecture on 'On embedded questions: semantics and pragmatics'  on May 5, 2022.

Students presented their empirical work on the Structure and Meaning of English Varieties at this term's Poster Day on February 10, 2022 .

2022 started with three exciting guest talks (all in virtual mode): Prof. Gareth Roberts, UPenn (Jan. 27, 16h): Synonymy and semantic change in laboratory languages; Dr. Kurt Erbach, Düsseldorf (Feb. 2, 12h): Semantic change in the history of the English countability system. Dr. Nicola Swinburne, Oxford (Feb. 3, 10h): The grammaticalization of do-support in the northern Italian Camuno dialect.




Earlier Highlights

Our chair has been awarded a DFG-funded project to work on decompositional adverbials („Decomposing decomposition“) which has already started to fund several students. The project began work on July 1, 2021. (Abstract)

Remus Gergel, Ingo Reich and Augustin Speyer organized a workshop on Particles in German, English and beyond on January 21-22, 2019.  Click here for the workshop website.

Our chair organized the second edition of Formal Diachronic Semantics on November 20-21, 2017: http://fods2.uni-saarland.de

39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society in Saarbrücken from March 8th to 10th, 2017.