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.



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

Florian Frenken, M.A.
Corpus Linguistics (esp. Register Variation)
Contrastive Linguistics
Systemic Functional Linguistics
Computational Linguistics

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

Chiara Hoheisel, M.A.
Cognitive Linguistics
Linguistic Relativity
Corpus Linguistics
Gender Studies

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

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

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)

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

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

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


Literary 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

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

Kathrin Vaßen, M. Ed.
Sustainability in Different Media
(Empirical) Ecocriticism
Empirical Literary Studies
Film and Media Studies
Biblio- and Cinematherapy
Reception Responses (identification, transportation, empathy, etc.)



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

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