Prof. Dr. Carola Trips

Prof. Dr. Carola Trips



University of Mannheim
Anglistik IV
B 6, 30–32 – Room 029
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
by appointment.

Please contact Prof. Trips via email.

  • Research

    Carola Trips holds the chair of  English Linguistics /Diachrony (Anglistik IV) at the University of Mannheim and works in the field of historical linguistics.

    Since January 2022, she has been spokesperson for the DFG research group “Structuring the input in language processing, acquisition, and change” (SILPAC, FOR 5157, Gepris 437487447).

    From 2015 to 2021, she worked on the DFG project “Borrowing of verb argument structure from Old French into Middle English” (BASICS, Gepris 265711632) (in cooperation with Professor Achim Stein, University of Stuttgart 2015- 2021).

    In addition to synchronic and diachronic syntax and morphology (theories), her research interests include language contact, language change, lexical semantics and corpus linguistics.

    She is editor of the Mannheim Papers in Multilingualism, Acquisition, and Change (MAPMAC).

    She is a reviewer for journals (including English Language and Linguistics, Journal of Historical Syntax, Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics) and organisations (including Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Fritz Thyssen Foundation).

  • Biographic Information

    Carola Trips did her doctorate and habilitation at the University of Stuttgart, where she also completed her studies in English and German to become a teacher and master’s degree.

    Her dissertation, which she completed with a scholarship in the DFG graduate school “Linguistic Foundations for Language Processing” and completed in 2001, dealt with word order change in the verbal phrase in Middle English. In her habilitation of 2007, she examined the formation of nominal derivation suffixes in the history of English.

    From 2007–2009 she held the professorship of English Linguistics/Diachrony at the University of Mannheim. In 2009, she was appointed and accepted this professorship and was appointed to Freie Universität Berlin. She has also been invited to the universities of Århus, Wuppertal and Frankfurt am Main.

  • Teaching

    Carola Trips represents Englisch teaching in the field of system linguistics and in particular in her research areas of language change and language contact. She teaches courses such as “Syntax in three Dimensions”, “Studying verbs in corpora”, “Language Contact” or “Language Change”.

    Together with her team, she has developed the teaching toolbox Anglistik IV.

    She is course advisor for the Master programme “Language and Communication”.