Overview Fields of Expertise


On this page you can see who in our department specialises in which areas of research. This list is supposed to help you find suitable supervisors for your BA-/MA-theses. Of course it is also possible to choose a professor as supervisor. It is split into different research fields, but interdisciplinary theses are of course possible.



Tobias Becker M. Ed.
Second Language Acquisition/Learning
Contrastive Linguistics
Corpus Linguistics
Varieties of English

Dr. Jessica Di Napoli
Phonetics and Phonology
Discourse and Turn-taking
Breathing, pausing, and hesitation in speech
Variation in speaking styles (e.g. news reporting and conversation)
Voice quality

Jonas Freiwald
Corpus Linguistics
(Corpus-based) Translation Studies
Contrastive Linguistics
Systemic-Functional Linguistics / Grammar

Dr. Thomas Griffig
Sociolinguistics / Variational Linguistics
World Englishes
Pragmatics / Sociopragmatics
Cultural Studies (esp. Irish Studies)
Translation Studies
Contrastive Linguistics
Text Linguistics / Discourse Analysis / Intertextuality

Dr. Nicole Hützen
Text Linguistics
Cognitive Linguistics (incl. Corpus Linguistics, Register Analysis, Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis)

PD Dr. Elma Kerz
Second Language Acquisition/Learning
Second Language Processing
Language Assessment
Implicit and explicit Language Learning
Child Language Development
Language Variation

Zoë Miljanović, M.A.
Translation studies
Systemic functional grammar
Corpus linguistics
Contrastive linguistics

Charlotte Rosenow, M.A.
Corpus Linguistics
Language in Film and Television
Systemic Functional Linguistics
Queer Studies

PD Dr. habil. Martin Thiering
Cognitive Grammar
Cognitive Linguistics
Cognitive Semantics
Cognitive Semiotics
Linguistic Relativity/Neo-Whorfian Approach
Language of Spaces, Cognition of Spaces
Embodiment Theories
Multimediality (VR/AR/BIM/CAD)

Dr. phil. Anne-Coleman Webre
Teacher Education
Second Language Education
Language in Content Area Teaching
SFL in Teaching Practice
Sociocultural Education Research

Dr. phil. Alin Olteanu (only thesis in English)
Cognitive semiotics
Embodiment (phenomenology of the body)
Media semiotics
Social semiotics
Cultural criticism
Iconicity (image schema, diagrams, metaphors)


Literary Studies

Deborah de Muijnck, M.A.
Cognitive Narratology, Psychological Approaches to Literature and Culture
Narrative Identity
Narrative Medicine
Contemporary Literature
Literary History
Empirical Literary Studies
Narrative Criminology

Judith Eckenhoff, M.A.
Victorian literature and culture
Film and media studies
Gothic and speculative fiction
Ecocritical approaches to literature
Post-Apocalyptic and dystopian narratives
Cultural Studies

Dr. phil. Aljoscha Merk
Literary and cultural theory, for example identity construction, cultural models, and unreliable narration
Gothic literature
Utopian and dystopian literature
Contemporary British novels

Jessica Jumperz, M.A.
Cognitive Approaches to Literature
Gender Studies
Cultural Studies
Unreliable Narration in different media
Film narratology

Kai Qing Tan, M.A.
Eighteenth-century literature
Modernist literature
Contemporary British fiction and city novels
Urban Studies/Sociology and psychogeography
Literary Theory, including Marxist Theory, Foucauldian Theory of Power, and Postcolonial Theory

Teresa Turnbull, M.A.
Body Theory
Gender Studies
Disability Studies
Cognitive Approaches to Literature
Speculative Fiction (SF, Fantasy, Gothic)
18th & 19th-Century Literature
Contemporary British Fiction



Jana Metz
Lernen mit neuen Medien
Bilingualer Sachfachunterricht
Allgemein Fremdsprachendidaktische Themengebiete nach Absprache

Thomas Zimmermann
Digitale Lernformate
Zweitspracherwerb (SLA)
Allgemein Fremdsprachendidaktische Themengebiete nach Absprache