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Richard Matthews (†)

Prof. Dr. Richard Matthews (†)


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
2001 Awarded title of außerplanmäßiger Professor



  • English grammar
  • English phonetics and phonology
  • German-English translation
  • Lexicology
  • English-German contrastive syntax
  • Tense, aspect and modality
  • Scots



  • 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. 111–176.
  • 1989. 'Reference Time and Modality'. In: Alfred Schopf (ed.) Essays on Tensing in English, Vol II Time, Test and Modality. Tübingen: Niemeyer. 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, 18.1-2, 363–379.
  • 2003a. 'Modal Auxiliary constructions, TAM and Interrogatives'. In: Roberta Facchinetti, Manfred Krug & Frank Palmer. (eds.) Modality in Contemporary English. de Gruyter. 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. 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 8. Basel: Schwabe. 121–143.