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Prof. Dr. Richard Matthews

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Academic Background:

  • Lector in English Philology (Freiburg)
  • 1983–85: research position with 'English Tensing System' project (directed by Prof. Alfred Schopf)
  • from 1994: Privatdozent in English Philology (Freiburg)
  • 1995: visiting lecturer in Basel
  • 1995–96: substitute professor of English linguistics (Saarbrücken)
  • 1997: substitute professor of English linguistics (Konstanz)
  • 2000–01: visiting lecturer in Basel
  • Awarded title of außerplanmäßiger Professor in 2001


1987. 'Present Perfect Tenses: Towards an Integrated Functional Account'. In: Alfred Schopf (ed.) Essays on Tensing in English, Vol. I: Reference Time, Tense and Adverbs. Tübingen: Niemeyer. pp. 111–176.

1989. 'Reference Time and Modality'. In: Alfred Schopf (ed.) Essays on Tensing in English, Vol II Time, Test and Modality. Tübingen: Niemeyer. pp. 189–246.

1991. Words and Worlds. On the Linguistic Analysis of Modality. Frankfurt: Lang.

1993. Papers on Sematics and Grammar. Frankfurt: Lang.

1996. "Oblique' Modals in English and German'. In: Language Sciences, Vol. 18, Nos. 1-2, pp. 363–379.

2003a.‘Modal Auxiliary constructions, TAM and Interrogatives’. In: Roberta Facchinetti, Manfred Krug & Frank Palmer. (eds.) Modality in Contemporary English. Mouton-de Gruyter. pp 47–70.

2003b. ‘English Vowel Phonology and the quest for the “fourth dimension”’. In: Cornelia Tschichold (ed.) English Core Linguistics. Essays in honour of D.J. Allerton. Bern: Peter Lang. pp 69–91.

2004. ‘Structural and collocational restrictions on complex premodifiers in NPs’. In: David Allerton, Nadja Nesselhauff & Paul Skandera (eds.) Phraseological Units: basic concepts and their application. International Cooper Series in English Language and Literature. Vol. 8 Basel: Schwabe. pp 121–143.

Research Interests:

English grammar; English phonetics and phonology; German-English translation; lexicology; English-German contrastive syntax; tense, aspect and modality; Scots.

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