Robert Daugs

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




Basic Course: Students who wish to participate in one of my Basic Courses but did not manage to sign up yet are asked to be patient and to check QIS regularly, as the number of seats per class will be raised step by step. If there are still students without a class by the end of the registration period, they will be allocated to one of the classes by lot.  

Academic reading and writing: Please contact Graham Howard ( regarding issues with your ARW course registration.

Note that all of my classes will be held entirely online. Students who have signed up for my classes via QIS will receive an OLAT invitation in due time. 



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



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

Summer term 2021:

  • The structure of English: A basic course in linguistics
  • Academic Skills: Academic reading and writing

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 & Ilse Depraetere (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. Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English 19. 


CONFERENCE PAPERS (peer-reviewed)

  • 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.



  • 2019. John Sinclair Bursary, ICAME40, Neuchâtel. [Award for delivering the best research paper by a PhD candidate]



  • Variation and change of modal expressions in AmE



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