Bernd Kortmann - Biography#

Bernd Kortmann is Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His publications include four monographs, ten edited volumes, the two-volume multimedia reference work A Handbook of Varieties of English (published in 2004, as paperback in 2008), one print atlas on grammatical variation in the anglophone world (2012), the open access electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English (; version 2.0 published November 2013), and about 90 research articles and reviews in journals and collective volumes. He has published on semantics, semantic change, grammaticalization, typology, history of linguistics, and English grammar.

His main research interest over the last decade has been the grammar of non-standard varieties of English and World Englishes, especially from a typological perspective. Bernd Kortmann serves as co-editor of two book series: Topics in English Linguistics (since 1996) and Dialects of English (since 2012). As of spring 2012, Bernd Kortmann also serves as one of three editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics. Apart from his duties as a series and journal editor, he is a member of the editorial boards of the journals English Today and Transactions of the Philological Society, and was a member of the Scientific Boards of European Dialect Syntax (Amsterdam, 2007-2010) and Finnish Dialect Syntax (Helsinki, 2008-2011). At the University of Freiburg, Bernd Kortmann served as Dean of the Philological Faculty from 1997 to 1999 and from 2010 to 2014. He is Director of the Language Teaching Centre and member of the Board of the Hermann Paul Centre of Linguistics. From April 2008 until September 2009 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Language and Literature of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). In December 2013 he was appointed FRIAS-Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences. In August 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Eastern Finland.
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