Research Interests

  • Language change (historical and in progress, esp. frequency, grammaticalization, lexicalization)
  • Corpus- and questionnaire-based variation studies
  • English-Romance language contact and change in (pen)insular situations (esp. Malta, Gibraltar, Channel Islands, Puerto Rico)
  • Early Modern English (esp. Great Vowel Shift)
  • Modal and auxiliary verbs
  • Pronoun constructions
  • Contrastive linguistics (esp. English - German)
  • Empirical methods in language variation and change


  • English-Romance language contact and change in (pen)insular situations: Malta, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Puerto Rico (with the universities of Malta, Puerto Rico and Cambridge)
  • Scottish English (with the University of Münster): Compilation of ICE-Scotland; Morphosyntactic variation in Scottish Standard English
  • Bamberg Centre for Innovative Applications of Computer Science: Digital Heritage
  • Expansion of the Historical ARCHER Corpus (A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers, 1650-1990). Cooperation with the following universities:
    Department of English, Northern Arizona University; Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California; Department of English, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg; Department of English, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; Department of English, University of Helsinki; Department of English, Uppsala University; Department of English, University of Michigan; Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.
  • Project on Language Variation and Change with the Universities of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)