Robert Daugs

Room 223
Phone: +49 (0) 431/880-3332



Once you've signed up for any of my classes on QIS, I'll send you an email with the link to the respective OLAT course. 

Note that all of my classes will be held entirely online.



Currently no personal office hours. Please contact me via e-mail.



Course materials are availabe on OLAT. For course descriptions and prerequisites see UnivIS

Winter term 2020/2021:

  • From the Phoneme to the Word: Cognitive semantics
  • Beyond the Word: Construction Grammar

previous courses:

  • The Structure of English: A basic course in linguistics
  • From the Phoneme to the Word: An introduction to cognitive semantics, Usage-based morphology, Introduction to English morphology, Lexical semantics, Words in the mind
  • Beyond the Word: An introduction to usage-based Construction Grammar, Corpus-based approaches to modality, Modal verbs, Modality 
  • Academic Skills: Academic reading and writing
  • Schreibwerkstatt Linguistik


PUBLICATIONS (peer-reviewed)

  • in prep. Constraints, expansion and productivity of [GET POSS X on].
  • to appear. Contractions, constructions and constructional change: Investigating the constructionhood of English modal contractions from a diachronic perspective. In Martin Hilpert & Bert Cappelle (eds.), Modality and diachronic construction grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • 2020. Revisiting global and intra-categorial frequency shifts in the English modals: A usage-based, constructionist view on the heterogeneity of modal development. In Pascal Hohaus & Rainer Schulze (eds.), Re-assessing modalising expressions: Categories, co-text, and context, 17–46. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • 2017. On the development of modals and semi-modals in American English in the 19th and 20th centuries. In Turo Hiltunen, Joe McVeigh & Tanja Säily (eds.), Big and rich data in English corpus linguistics: Methods and explorations. Helsinki: VARIENG.



  • accepted (with Berit Johannsen). Getting used to usage: On the benefits of teaching usage-based linguistics early on. Paper to be presented at ISLE6, June 3–6, 2020, Joensuu. [canceled due to COVID-19, re-scheduled for Jun 2–5, 2021]
  • accepted (with David Lorenz). It won't hurt to consider them constructions: A mixed-method approach to storage and processing of English modal contractions. Paper to be presented at ICCG11, Aug 20–22, 2020, Antwerp. [canceled due to COVID-19]
  • 2019a. Get your ICAME on: Constraints, expansion and productivity of [GET POSS X on]. Paper presented at ICAME40, June 1–5, Neuchâtel.
  • 2019b. The recent life of the English [GET POSS X on] construction. Paper presented at SLE2019, Aug 21–24, Leipzig.
  • 2018. How many modals are there again? A diachronic construction grammar approach to English modal contractions. Paper presented at ICCG10, July 16–18, Paris.
  • 2015. Modal and quasi-modal development in 19th and 20th century American English: Evidence from COHA and COCA. Paper presented at d2e, Oct 19–22, Helsinki.



  • Variation and change of modal expressions in AmE



  • Modal expressions
  • Construction grammar
  • Usage-based morphology
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics