Academic Education and Positions

University education:

  • October 1977 – July 1980 and October 1981 – July 1983, RWTH Aachen University: Studies of English and French
  • September 1983 – June 1984, University of Reading, England: Studies of general linguistics, English linguistics and English literature (DAAD scholarship)
  • September 1984: First state examination for secondary school teaching in English und French
  • April 1985: Master of Arts (M. A.) at the RWTH Aachen University (subjects: English Linguistics, English Literature and Romance Linguistics)
  • November 1989: Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in English Linguistics at the University of Bamberg


  • September 1980 ‑ August 1981: Foreign Language Assistant in Bracknell, Berkshire, England (PAD)
  • Spring 1982 ‑ Summer 1983: Student assistant in the English Department at RWTH Aachen University (chair Prof. Wolf-Dietrich Bald)
  • December 1984 ‑ November 1988: Research assistant and lecturer in the English Department at the University of Bamberg (chair Prof. Wolfgang Viereck)
  • December 1988: Appointment as "Akademischer Rat auf Zeit" (University of Bamberg)
  • October 1991: Offer of a professorship (C2) for English and French at the "Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes" (offer declined)
  • April 1995: Appointment as "Akademischer Rat" (University of Bamberg)
  • October 1999: Appointment as "Akademischer Oberrat" (University of Bamberg)
  • August 2005 ‑ August 2008: Chair of the "Steering Committee" of the International Conference on Methods in Dialectology
  • November 2008: Appointment as "Akademischer Direktor" (University of Bamberg)
  • May 2009: Co-editor of the series: Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics
  • August – October 2012: Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Japan (Graduate School of Letters)