Robert Daugs

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






during semester break:

Thu, 21 Feb, 3.30pm – 5 pm
Thu, 28 Feb, 3.30pm – 5pm
Thu, 7 Mar, 3.30pm – 5pm
Thu, 14 Mar, 3.30pm – 5pm

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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. Get your ICAME on: Constraints, expansion and productivity of get one's 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