Robert Daugs

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



Please note that there will not be a waiting list for any of my classes. Available seats will be allocated by lot. 



Fri, 9–10am 


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

Summer term 2019:

  • 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 
  • Schreibwerkstatt Linguistik



  • 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. [Link]



  • upcoming. Getting its productiive on: The recent life of the English get one's X on construction. Paper to be presented at SLE2019, Aug 21–24, Leipzig.
  • upcoming. Get your ICAME on: Constraints, expansion and productivity of [GET POSS X on]. Paper to be presented at ICAME 40, June 1–5, Neuchâtel. 
  • 2018. How many modals are there again? A diachronic construction grammar approach to English modal contractions. Paper presented at ICCG 10, 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, October 19–22, Helsinki.



  • Variation and change of modal expressions in AmE



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