Particular fields of research

  • Historical and comparative analysis of language, texts, literature (e.g. in terms of stylistic, generic, era-specific features) based on a corpus from the English-speaking world ranging from about 700 A.D. to the present day.
  • Global and intercultural communication within conceptual frameworks such as 'World Englishes', 'World Literature', 'Transatlantic Negotiations', 'Post-Colonialism', and with regard to English as a lingua franca in culture and science.
  • Cross-media approaches to nonverbal and/or hybrid cultural phenomena (image, sound, dance, song, film, music video, graphic novel, the internet).
  • General functional theory of culture, language, text, and literature vis-à-vis particular contexts in intellectual, social, technological, and media history; or regarding cultural conflicts in the realm of class, gender, and ethnicity.
  • Current theories and empirical research on many aspects of the mental lexicon and grammar (especially morphology), on language development (grammaticalization, English-based contact languages) and domain-specific language use (law, science, economy, the new media).

Students are free to combine these fields of research into comparative modules or to specialize in any of the five domains of the department.


  • Especially designed courses for oral presentations and academic writing, event management and organization and team work.
  • International networks: our partnerships with academic institutions in the UK (Reading, Winchester, UCL London), Ireland (UCD), India, and the United States (Madison/Wisconsin, Davis/California) provide plenty opportunities to make contacts abroad.
  • Academic networks: actively involved in two graduate schools ('Age(ing): Cultural Concepts and Practical Realisations', 'Materiality and Production') and to various research projects at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, our Department offers graduate students an exciting academic environment.
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