Prof. Dr. Angelika Wöllstein

Prof. Dr. Angelika Wöllstein is the Head of the Department of “Grammar” at the Leibniz Institute for the German Language and university professor for German Linguistics at the University of Mannheim. She worked in academic teaching at the University of Stuttgart (1994–1999), the University of Cologne (1999–2004), the University of Wuppertal (2005–2006), Saarland University (2005–2007), the University of Tübingen (2006–2012) and the University of Mainz (2008–2009). Since 2012, she has been teaching at the University of Mannheim. 

Her further tasks include working on as well as managing the following project works at the Department of Grammar at the IDS: “Grammatik des Deutschen im europäischen Vergleich (GDE-V)”, “Grammatische Terminologie”, “Korpusgrammatik – grammatische Variation im standardsprachlichen und standardnahen Deutsch” and “Orthografische Ressourcen”. 

She is the editor of the “Dudengrammatik” and responsible for the revision of the “Lexikon der Sprachwissenschaft” (Lexicon of Linguistics). Wöllstein is a member of the Board of Directors at the Leibniz ScienceCampus IDS – Universität Heidelberg, chairwoman of the scientific advisory board of the Leibniz-Zentrums Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)member at the “Rat für deutsche Rechtschreibung” and the “Gremium für Schulgrammatische Terminologie” as well as  advisory board member for the international journals Linguistische BerichteGermanistische Mitteilungen and Linguistik OnlineSince 2012, she is an associate member at the SFB 833: “The Construction of Meaning – The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures” at the University of Tübingen.

Her research interests focus on:

  • Grammar of contemporary German
  • Contrastive Grammar
  • Grammatical Variation
  • Language Change
  • Corpus grammar
  • Syntax and Intersection Syntax/Semantics and Semantics/Pragmatics
  • Grammatical Terminology
  • Orthography
  • Reconstruction of results of grammatical research for the public area

There are alternating course offered corresponding to these research interests.


Selected courses:

  • VL Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft
  • Übung Grammatik: Vom Wort zum Satz
  • HS Schrifterwerb und Schriftsystem
  • HS Analyseprobleme der deutschen Syntax
  • MA: Projektseminar Sprache & Kommunikation


Supervisor and examiner for: BA, LA, MA, dissertation


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