Seminar für Slavische Philologie

Scientific Interests


  • Linguistic research concerning the reconstruction of language as being part of the human cognitive competence (Noam Chomsky).

  • Description of Slavic languages by means of recent generative models.

  • Lexical and compositional semantics, morphosyntax, syntax, and phonology of Slavic languages.


Curriculum Vitae


  • *1961 in Stralsund (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany)
  • 1984-1986
    University of Leipzig: translator and interpreter Russian/Englisch
    (Rudolf Růžička, Heide Schmidt-Crome, Albrecht Neubert a.o.)
  • 1986-1987
    PGPIIJa (currently PGLU), Pyatigorsk, Russia, study abroad
  • 1987-1989
    University of Leipzig, translator and interpreter Russian/Englisch and special study program General Linguistics (syntax/semantics, a.o. Anita Steube)
  • 1989
    University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK, study abroad
  • 1989
    University of Leipzig, diploma, Karl Brugmann Award of the Section for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
  • 1989-1991
    University of Leipzig, doctoral studies and teaching
  • 1991-1992
    University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK, research assistant
    (Christopher Beedham)
  • 1992
    Co-founding the Young Slavicists (with Tilman Berger and Ursula Doleschal)
  • 1992-1994
    University of Leipzig, doctoral studies and teaching
  • 1994
    Ph.D. dissertation in general linguistics
  • 1994-1995
    Research focus on general linguistics, typology and universals (FAS), Berlin, scientific assistant, teaching at the University of Leipzig
  • 1996-1997
    University of Leipzig, Slavic Department, DFG project "Argument structure and word order as a means of information structuring in Russian"
    (with Gerhild Zybatow, Dorothee Fehrmann and Loren A. Billings),
    Teaching at the University of Leipzig
  • 1998-1999
    Postdoctoral grant of the Saxon State Ministery for Science and Culture
  • Apr.-Sept. 1998
    Research stay (postdoctoral studies) at the Institute for Formal and Applied Linguistics of the Charles University Prague (ÚFAL MFF UK)
  • Sept. 1999
    Research stay (postdoctoral dissertation) at the Slavicist Faculty of the "Sv. Kliment Oxridski" University,
    Sofija, Bulgaria
  • 2000-2002
    Scientific assistant, University of Leipzig, Slavic Department
  • Nov. 2002
    Postdoctoral disseration (Dr. phil. habil.), teaching qualification for Slavic linguistics
  • 2002-2006
    Higher assistant ("Oberassistent") at the Slavic Department of the University of Leipzig
  • Feb. 2003
    License to teach (Privatdozent) for Slavic linguistics
  • 2006-2009
    Permanent scientific assistant, University of Leipzig, Slavic Department
  • 2009
    Professorship of Slavic linguistics, Slavic Department,
    University of Göttingen



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