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Research Focus

Sociolinguistics, Dialectology, Comparative Linguistic Island Research, German in an international context, Language and (ethnic) Identity, ethnolinguistic minorities, Language and Culture, Language Contact, Urban Language Research, Variational Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Synchronization, Language in Eastern and Western Germany.


Founding of the Chapter Arbeitsstelle Deutsch als Minderheitensprache (Founded in Frankfurt/O. 1995), numerous publications and presentations, multiple research trips regarding the German languag in Eastern Europe and Southern America

Organization of conferences about Sociolinguistics and Dialectology of the German Language in Russia / USSR

Chairman of the department „Multilinguality and Language Contact“ of the German Vereinigung für Angewandte Linguistik (GAL), since 2000. Meetings and workshops about multilinguality and language contact, language acquisition of migrants, and language rating.

Memeber of the Comission Wissenschaftlichen Kommission für die Deutschen in Russland und in der GUS, 1996-200.

Co-Editor of the Newsletter Research about the history and culture of Russian-Germans, 1993-1995.

Consulting of public institutions in expat-matters. Referee of expat-matters in public and administrative law trials.

Consulting of the educational publisher Cornelsen, Velhagen & Klasing, Berlin, 1990-1995.

Member of the board and treasurer of a German-Russian Organization Kontakte - KONTAKTbl. 1990-2007.

Faculty of Cutlural Studies, European-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder): Member of the examination board, academic advisor, coordinator of student exchange programmes, co-author of study regulations, dissertation regulations etc., coordinator of the Master of Arts programme Sociocultural Studies [MASS]. Scientific head of the university's language center.


Research Trips

Soviet Union

Jan./Febr. 1990 (St. Petersburg, Ufa, Omsk, Barnaul, Taschkent, Saratow, Moskau), Rußland Sept./Okt. 1990 (Barnaul, deutscher Rayon im Altai), Rußland Sept./Okt. 1991 (Barnaul), Rußland Sept./Okt. 1992 (Barnaul), Rußland Sept./Okt. 1994 (Barnaul),

Latin America

1996 (Brazil: São Paulo, Campinas/SP, Florianopolis/SC, Porto Alegre/RS; Argentina: Buenos Aïres, Coronel Soares/Prov. de Buenos Aïres; Paraguay: Asunción, Filadelfia, Menno/Chaco; Chile: Santiago de Chile, Concepción, Llanquíhue), Brazil Oct. 1998, Jan. 2004 (Porto Alegre, Pelotas/RS), Russia 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 (Barnaul and Altai region).Interviews (selected):

'Best Lecturer' award of the faculty of cultural studies at the European-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), 1994/95.


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