Info for Beginners: English Linguistics

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English Linguistics (Englische Sprachwissenschaft)

Language is central to humanity and human culture. Our ability to communicate, our ability to organize our ideas, our basic thinking is based on language. In English linguistics, we systematically study and analyze the nature, structure and change of human language(s) drawing on methods and knowledge from a wide range of disciplines.

With a particular emphasis on the English language, we study how we produce and perceive sounds (phonetics and phonology), how words and sentences are formed (morphology, syntax), how meaning is expressed (semantics, pragmatics), how language interplays with society and identity (sociolinguistics), how it develops over time (historical linguistics) as well as how languages are acquired and how they can interact with each other, amongst others.

At the chairs of English linguistics at TU Dortmund University, we have a particular research focus on multilingualism, pragmatics, language acquisition as well as World Englishes and language in the media. In the first years of study, you will be mainly introduced to the core disciplines of linguistics. Your knowledge will be further deepened and expanded in the advanced modules thereafter. As we follow an applied approach to teaching and learning, you will practice scientific methods yourselves throughout your studies.

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  • Prof. Dr. Sarah Buschfeld
  • Professor of English Linguistics (Multilingualism)
  • E-Mail:
  • Academic interests:
    • Bi-/Multilingualism
    • World Englishes
    • Language contact
    • Variation and Change
    • Sociolinguistics
    • First and Second Language Acquisition
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  • Prof. Dr. Patricia Ronan
  • Professor of English Linguistics
  • E-Mail:
  • Academic interests:
    • Language Variation
    • Language Change
    • Language contact
    • Influence of cultural contacts
      • esp. Irish English
    • Forensic linguistics
    • Corpus pragmatics

Teaching Staff
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  • Dr. Theresa Neumaier
  • E-Mail:
  • Academic interests:
    • Conversation Analysis
    • Interactional Linguistics
    • World Englishes
    • Historical pragmatics
    • Threatening speech
    • Non-canonical Syntax
    • English in Madeira
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Courses for First-Semester Students in WS 20/21
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154101 Linguistics I, Kurs A 2 PS Mo 16:00 – 17:30 digital Hamblock
154102 Linguistics I, Kurs B 2 PS Di 10:15 – 11:45 digital Buschfeld
154103 Linguistics I, Kurs C 2 PS Mo 08:30 – 10:00 digital Buschfeld
154104 Linguistics I, Kurs D 2 PS Do 10:15 – 11:45 digital Berge
154105 Linguistics I, Kurs E 2 PS Do 14:15 – 15:45 digital Weilinghoff
154106 Linguistics I, Kurs F 2 PS Mi 08:30 – 10:00 digital Salzinger
154107 Linguistics I, Kurs G 2 PS Mi 16:15 – 17:45 digital Berge
154108 Linguistics I, Kurs H 2 PS Do 10:15 – 11:45 digital Neumaier
Linguistics I - Tutorial Do 16:15 – 17:45 digital Dagdeviren
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154121 Linguistics II, Kurs A 2 PS Mo 16:15 – 17:45 digital Vida-Mannl
154122 Linguistics II, Kurs B 2 PS Di 10:15 – 11:45 digital Weilinghoff
154123 Linguistics II, Kurs C 2 PS Mi 08:30 – 10:00 digital Melles
154124 Linguistics II, Kurs D 2 PS Di 16:15 – 17:45 digital Salzinger
Linguistics II - Tutorial Do 16:15 – 17:45 digital Nitsch