roland_schaeferI am a linguist and grammarian (analog and digital, of course). My project Linguistic Web Characterization at Freie Universität Berlin (personal grant SCHA1916/1-1 from the German Research Council, DFG) is currently paused while I am working as a lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, filling in for Stefan Müller during summer term 2016. 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 I briefly visited Språkbanken at the University of Gothenburg in 2014.

My own research focuses on the morphosyntax and graphemics of German and English, 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). 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, and most other things Open.

Since 2015, I have been chair of the Special Interest Group on Web as Corpus (SIGWAC) of the Association for Computational Linguistics and co-chair of the special interest group “Computational Linguistics for Research in the Digital Humanities” (CL4DH) (to be revived, English home page will be taken care of) of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL).