roland_schaeferI am a linguist focussing on German morphosyntax and graphemics. I hold a venia legendi for German and General Linguistics from the Faculty of Language Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

I favour a theory-driven but strongly empirical approach using corpus-linguistic and psycholinguistic methods. Furthermore, I have a strong  interest in statistical methods and methods of large-scale data analysis. Moreover, through my teaching activities at the German Department of Freie Universität Berlin, I have developed a strong interest in teaching methodology and the education of future schoolteachers of German.

Since 2012, I have also 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.

Currently, I am visiting professor for German Linguistics at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2015 to 2018, I worked 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 the winter semester of 2011 and for German Grammar at Freie Universität Berlin in the summer semester of 2016 and starting with the winter semester of 2018. I also briefly visited Språkbanken at the University of Gothenburg in 2014.

I am a strong proponent of Open Access Publishing, 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.