roland_schaeferI’m a linguist focussing on German morphosyntax in written language (including non-standard written language) as well as the grammar-graphemics interface. I hold a venia legendi for German Linguistics and Theoretical Linguistics from the Faculty of Language Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. As a Privatdozent, I’m a member of the faculty.

My approach is cognitively oriented, theory-driven, and strongly empirical. I use corpus-linguistic and experimental methods. I also have a strong  interest in statistical methods and methods of large-scale data analysis. Furthermore, I’m the principal creator of a suite of very large web corpora (COW), which you can access at webcorpora.org. Finally, I have a strong interest in teaching methodology and the education of future schoolteachers of German, focussing on the role of linguistic knowledge in the acquisition of educated language and register awareness.  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.

Starting April 2020, I’ll be working as a researcher in project A04 Situated Syntax of the DFG-funded CRC (SFB) 1412 Register at Humboldt University, Berlin. From 2015 to 2018, I worked on my own DFG-funded project about the grammar on the German web at Freie Universität Berlin. I was visiting professor for German Grammar at Freie Universität Berlin in 2016 and from 2018 to 2019.

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

I’m a strong proponent of Open Access Publishing and Open Source.