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Sebastian Hoffmann received his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich, where he also worked for several years – first as a research assistant to Prof. Gunnel Tottie and then as a post-doctoral researcher. Before moving to Trier to take up his current post as Professor of English Linguistics, he spent three years at Lancaster University (UK) as Lecturer in English Linguistics (2006 – 2009).

As a dedicated corpus linguist, his research predominantly focuses on the application of usage-based approaches to the study of language. Recent research topics include:

  • syntactic change (e.g. the grammaticalization of complex prepositions)
  • the historical development and present-day use of tag questions in British and American English
  • verb complementation (in particular ditransitive verbs) in British and Indian Engli
  • corpus linguistic methodology, in particular the methodological and practical issues involved in using Internet-derived data for corpus linguistic analyses
  • variational pragmatics (e.g. tag questions in World Englishes)


Sebastian Hoffmann is a co-author of BNCweb, a user-friendly web-interface to the British National Corpus. BNCweb can be accessed for free via a server at Lancaster University. The URL for sign-up is http://bncweb.lancs.ac.uk/bncwebSignup/.

 
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