Prof. Dr. Henning Lobin

Prof. Lobin studied German Philology, Philosophy and Computer Science at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Bonn. In 1991, he wrote his dissertation on the syntax of coordination at the University of Bonn, and in 1996, he habilitated at the University of Bielefeld (topic: Instructions as verbal specification auf semi-autonomous activity).  

From 1999 – 2018, Dr. Lobin held the Chair of Applied Linguistics and Computational Linguistics at Justus Liebig University of Giessen, and from 2002–2004, he was vice president at the same university. Having been founding director as well as deputy director, Lobin became executive director of the Zentrum für Medien und Interaktivität (ZMI) (Center for Media and Interactivity) at the University of Giessen in 2007. In August 2018, he became director of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language and professor for German Linguistics at the University of Mannheim.

His research interests focus on:

  • Digitalization of cultural techniques of writing 
  • Grammar of the German language and grammar theory
  • Corpus Linguistics and Corpus Technology
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Semantic-pragmatical modeling of situated communication 
  • Language conceptions, language criticism, language policy
  • Linguistic research methodology
  • Theory of text structure, text and document parsing
  • Scholarly communication

Selected courses:

  • HS Sprachkritik, Sprachpolitik
  • VL Sprache in der Öffentlichkeit


Supervisor and examiner for: BA, MA, dissertation


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