University Education


I took a five-year degree course in English, French and Italian language and literature at Bochum, one of Germany’s best post-war universities, where I passed the First State Examination for teachers (equivalent of MA) in 1994. The course provided me with a thorough grounding in the languages and cultures of Britain and France. 
On a scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), I enjoyed a nine-month period of study abroad at the University of Durham (England) in 1989/1990. A guest lecture given there by the late John Sinclair on the making of dictionaries and a subsequent visit to COBUILD sparked my interest in computer corpus linguistics, the practice of which has given me ever deeper insight into language.

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