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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann

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Professor Kortmann's publications include

  • four monographs,
  • ten edited volumes,
  • the two-volume multimedia reference work A Handbook of Varieties of English (published in 2004, as paperback in 2008),
  • one print atlas on grammatical variation in the anglophone world (2012),
  • the open access electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English (version 2.0 published November 2013),
  • and about 90 research articles and reviews in journals and collective volumes.

He has published on semantics, semantic change, grammaticalization, typology, language complexity, history of linguistics, and English grammar. His main research interest over the last decade has been the grammar of non-standard varieties of English around the world, especially from a typological perspective. Bernd Kortmann serves as co-editor of two book series, both published by De Gruyter Mouton: Topics in English Linguistics and Dialects of English (formerly Edinburgh University Press). As of June 2012, Bernd Kortmann also serves as one of three editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics (Cambridge University Press). Apart from his duties as a series and journal editor, he is a member of the editorial boards of the journals English Today and Transactions of the Philological Society.


  • 1997 – 1999
Bernd Kortmann served as Dean of the Philological Faculty at the University of Freiburg
  • Since 2003
Chairman of the Board of the Language Teaching Centre
  • 2004 – 2014
Director of the graduate programme Master of European Linguistics
  • Since 2006
Member of the Board of the Hermann Paul Centre of Linguistics
  • 04/2008 – 09/2009
Senior Research Fellow in the School of Language and Literature of the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
  • 2010 – 2014
Bernd Kortmann served as Dean of the Philological Faculty at the University of Freiburg
  • Since 2012
Member of the selection panel of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowships
  • 12/2013
Appointed Director of FRIAS for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 10/2015
Appointed Speaker of the Board of Directors (Executive Director) of FRIAS