Professor Wolfgang Teubert D.Phil

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Emeritus Professor

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Now increasingly retired, I gradually move away from corpus linguistics into discourse analysis, from a hermeneutic and neo-pragmatic perspective, believing that the social and natural world we encounter is constituted by the discourse in which we take part.


  • D.Phil Heidelberg University


  • 1971 - Researcher, Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS), Mannheim
  • 1975 - Head of Department of Research Facilities (IDS)
  • 1993 - Head of Department of Language Change (IDS)
  • 1997 - Senior Research Fellow, Head of Multilingual Research (IDS)
  • 2000  - Chair of Corpus Linguistics, University of   Birmingham
  • 2014  - Retirement


My current research probes discourse as an contingent autopoietic, self-organising, self-referential, evolving system exhibiting intentionality and constructing its own reality including those who participate in discourse. By actively taking part in discourse, we can change this reality according to our needs and interests.

Other activities

Editorial engagements

  • International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (Benjamins), founding editor (since 2007: consulting editor)
  • Studies in Corpus and Discourse series (Continuum): co-editor
  • Studies in Corpus Linguistics (Benjamins): consulting editor
  • [Journal of] Languages in Contrast (Benjamins): editorial board
  • [Journal of] Language and Dialogue (Benjamins): Associate Editor
  • Dialogue Studies series (Benjamins): editorial board

Visiting professorships

  • Communication University of China, Beijing (since 2004)
  • Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao (since 2005)
  • Henan Normal University, Xinxiang (since 2007)


Selected publications 

  • (2014) The Rhine: sublime or not? In: Doris Höhman (ed.): Tourismuskommunikation im Spannungsfeld von Sprach- und Kulturkontakt. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang (forthcoming)
  • (2013) Language and Society. In: Byron Kaldis (ed.): Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. London: Sage.
  • (2013) Was there a cat in the garden? Knowledge between discourse and the monadic self. In: Language and Dialogue Vol. 2, 2.
  • (2013) Die Wirklichkeit des Diskurses. In: Dietrich Busse and Wolfgang Teubert (eds.): Linguistische Diskursanalyse - Neue Perspektiven. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
  • (2012) Is pragmatics the answer to our quest for meaning?, in: Language and Dialogue 1, 1.
  • (2012) Democracy and web-based dialogueIn: Francois Cooren and Alain Létourneau (eds.): Dialogue and Representation. Amsterdam: Benjamins,
  • (2012) Corpora: German Language. In: Carol A. Chapelle (ed.): The Encyclopedia of Applied linguistics. Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • (2011) Von der Korpuslinguistik zur Analyse thematischer Diskurse, in: Ekkehard Felder, Markus Müller, Friedemann Vogel (eds.): Korpuspragmatik: Thematische Korpora als Basis diskurslinguistischer Analysen. Berlin: de Gruyter
  • (2011) Translation equivalence and interpretive corpus linguistics, in: Frantisek Cermak, Patrick Cormess and Ales Klegr (eds.): Intercorp: a Multilingual Corpus. Praha: Nakladatelstvi Lidove Noviny.
  • (2010) Meaning, Discourse and Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2010) Our brave new world? and My brave old world, in: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 15, 3.
  • (2010) Rethinking corpus linguistics, in Aquelino Sánchez and Moisés Almela (eds.): A Mosaic of Corpus Linguistics. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • (2009) Die Enteignung des Diskurses und der Diskurs der Enteignung, in: Wolf-Andreas Liebert und Horst Schwinn (eds.): Mit Bezug auf Sprache. Tübingen: Gunter Narr.
  • (2009) Linguistique de corpus: un alternative, in Semen Vol. 26.
  • (2009) Interview [in Chinese], conducted by Zhang Ruihua, in: Journal of Foreign Languages, Vol. 32, 9 (China).(2009) A future for corpus linguistics, in: Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies, Vol. 1, 3 (China).
  • (2008) Some notes on the concept of cognitive linguistics, in: Andrea Gerbig and Oliver Mason (eds.): Language, People, Numbers: Corpus Linguistics and Society. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • (2008) What is the role of arguments?, in: Edda Weigand (ed.): Dialogue and Rhetoric. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • (2007)‘Sinclair, pattern grammar and the question of hatred’. In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Vol. 12, 223-248.
  • (2007) (with Anna Cermakova): Corpus Linguistics: A Short Introduction. London: Continuum
  • (2007)‘Corpus linguistics and lexicography’. In: Wolfgang Teubert (ed.) Text Corpora and Multilingual Lexicography. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 109-134.
  • (2007)‘Korpuslinguistik, Hermeneutik und die soziale Konstruktion der Wirklichkeit’ (Teil 1). In: Sprachreport 3, 2007, 19-24.
  • (2007)‘Korpuslinguistik, Hermeneutik und die soziale Konstruktion der Wirklichkeit’ (Teil 2). In: Sprachreport 4, 2007, 11-19.
  • (2007)(with Ramesh Krishnamurthy, eds.) Corpus Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Linguistics. 6 volumes. London: Routledge
  • (2007)(with Michael Hoey, Michaela Mahlberg and Michael Stubbs) Text, Discourse and Society: Theory and Analysis. London: Continuum.
  • (2007) (with Anna Cermakova) Corpus Linguistics: A Short Introduction. London: Continuum (previously published as part of: M.A.K. Halliday, Wolfgang Teubert, Colin Yallop with Anna Cermakova [2004]: Lexicology and Corpus Linguistics. London: Continuum).
  • (2007) Sinclair, pattern grammar and the question of hatred, in International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Vol. 12.
  • (2007) (with Michael Hoey, Michael Stubbs and Michaela Mahlberg): Text, Discourse and Corpora. London: Continuum.
  • (2007) (with Ramesh Krishnamurthy) (eds.) Corpus Linguistics (Critical Concepts in Linguistics. A Reader). 6 Vols. London: Routledge.(2007) (ed.) 
  • (2007)Text Corpora and Multilingual Lexicography. Amsterdam: Benjamins (previously [2003] published as a Special Issue of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics).
  • (2006)‘Über den fragwürdigen Nutzen mentaler Konzepte’. In: Kristel Proost und Edeltraut Winkler (eds.): Von Intentionalität zur Bedeutung konventionalisierer Zeichen.
  • (2005)Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 289-326.‘"Rücknahme" gleich "Entziehung", oder was meint das Grundgesetz wirklich?’ In: Sprachreport 4, 2006, 22-26.
  • (2005)‘My version of corpus linguistics’. In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Vol. 10, 1-13.
  • (2005)(with Chang Baobao und Pernilla Danielsson) ‘Chinese-English translation database: extracting units of translation from parallel texts. In: Geoff Barmbrook, Pernilla Danielsson and Michaela Mahlberg (eds.): Meaningful Texts: The Extraction of Semantic Information from Monolingual and Multilingual Corpora. London: Continuum, 131-142.
  • (2005)‘Language as an economic factor’. In: Geoff Barmbrook, Pernilla Danielsson and Michaela Mahlberg (eds.): Meaningful Texts: The Extraction of Semantic Information from Monolingual and Multilingual Corpora. London: Continuum, 96-106.
  • (2005)‘Lou Andreas Salomé und die Ursprünge des Schuldgefühls’. In: Doris Steffens (ed.): Wortschatzeinheiten: Aspekte ihrer (Be-)schreibung. Dieter Herberg zum 65. Geburtstag. Mannheim: Institut für Deutsche Sprache, 155-179.
  • (2005)‘Evaluation and its discontents’. In: Elena Tognini Bonelli and Gabriella Del Lung Camiciotti (eds.): Strategies in Academic Discourse. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 185-204.