I studied German and Philosophy at the Humboldt-University, Berlin and trained as a secondary school teacher in Germany. I taught German, Philosophy and English in some of the best schools in Berlin. Between 2008 and 2012, I was a DAAD-Lector in German at Cambridge University and Downing College, Cambridge. During my PhD at UCL in London, I was a part-time Lecturer in German at Imperial College in London.
I am a linguist interested in contrastive discourse analysis in English and German speaking countries. In order to analyse the influence of contextual differences on linguistic features of discourse in these countries, I use linguistic research methods such as Corpus Assisted Discourse Analysis, Political Lexicography, Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Metaphor Theory. In the interpretation stage, I discuss my findings against the background of historical and sociological insights.
My PhD-project undertook a comparison of the discourses of New Labour and the German SPD at the turn of the twenty-first century, explaining apparent linguistic and discursive differences with differences in the political cultures of Germany and the UK. The project is of significance on two levels: firstly, as a means to advance the methodology of discourse analysis, and secondly as a contrastive linguistic analysis of the two discourses.
As a new research project, I am planning a comparative investigation of the language in legal contexts in England and Germany.