roland_schaeferI am a linguist and grammarian focussing on German and English, as well as a corpus/computational linguist. I currently work on my own third-party funded project about the grammar on the German web called 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 research focuses on the morphosyntax and graphemics of German under a usage-based probabilistic perspective, empirical linguistic research (including corpus-based and experimental methods), statistics, and corpus construction. 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 Linguistics and English Linguistics as well as General/Theoretical Linguistics and Computational Linguistics.

I am a strong proponent of Open Access Publishing, Open Science, Open Source, and the protection of online privacy.

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