roland_schaeferI am a linguist, grammarian, and computational linguist. I currently work on my own third-party funded project Linguistic Web Characterization at Freie Universität Berlin (personal grant SCHA1916/1-1 from the German Research Council, DFG). I previously worked at the German Department of Freie Universität Berlin and the Linguistics Department of the University of Göttingen. I was visiting professor for English Syntax at the University of Göttingen in 2011/2012, and for German Grammar at Freie Universität Berlin in 2016. I also briefly visited Språkbanken at the University of Gothenburg in 2014.

My own research focuses on the morphosyntax and graphemics of German, empirical methods and statistics, corpus linguistics, and natural language processing. Since 2012, I have been working on the construction of very large web corpora (COW initiative), which you can access at I have a broad teaching experience (both in German and English) in German and English linguistics as well as theoretical and computational linguistics.

I am a strong proponent of Open Access Publishing, Open Science, Open Source.

Since 2015, I have been chair of the Special Interest Group on Web as Corpus (SIGWAC) of the Association for Computational Linguistics.