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Prof. Dr. Paul Hopper

Englische und Allgemeine Linguistik
Carnegie Mellon University
Mai - Juni 2013

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
Albertstr. 19
79104 Freiburg im Breisgau

 Vergangene Aufenthalte  

  • Mai 2012
  • Mai/Juni 2010
  • Mai 2009
  • März 2009
  • Mai 2008




Paul J. Hopper currently holds the Paul Mellon Distinguished Chair of the Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh . His Ph.D., in Linguistics, is from the University of Texas. He studied at the University of Reading, England, and at the University of Erlangen. He has been Visiting Professor of Linguistics at the University of Köln and Directeur d'Études at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, the Sorbonne, Paris. In 2001 he was awarded the Medal of the Collège de France. He has been a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation (1985) and was the Hermann and Klara Collitz Professor of Comparative Philology, at the Linguistic Society of America Linguistics Institute at UCLA in 1984. His publications include works on Germanic and Indo-European linguistics, Malay and Indonesian, grammaticalization, and discourse analysis.


Selected Publications


  • 2008 (to appear). "Zeitlichkeit und sprachliche Struktur: Pseudoclefts im Englischen und Deutschen." By Susanne Günthner and Paul J. Hopper. Submitted to Gesprächsforschung On-line.
  • 2008. “Projectability and Clause Combining in Interaction,” by Paul J. Hopper and Sandra A. Thompson. In Ritva Laury, ed. Crosslinguistic Studies of Clause Combining: The Multifunctionality of Conjunctions, 99-123. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2008. (Typological Studies in Language 80)
  • 2008. “The openness of grammatical constructions.” In Nikki Adams, Adam Cooper, Fay Parrill and Thomas Wier, eds., Proceedings from the Panels of the 40th Annual Meeting (2004) of the Chicago Linguistic Society: Panel on Dispensing with Derivation: Monostratal Theories of Grammar,  153-75. Chicago: The Chicago Linguistic Society, 2008.
  • 2008. “Die Bedeutsamkeit der mündlichen Interaktion für die Linguistik: Die Pseudocleft-Konstruktion im Englischen.” In Anatol Stefanowitsch and Kerstin Fischer, eds., Konstruktionsgrammatik II: Von der Konstruktion zur Grammatik, 179-88. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag Brigitte Narr, 2008. (Band 47)
  • 2007. “Emergent Serialization in English: Pragmatics and Typology.” In Jeff Good, ed., Language Universals and Language Change. London: Oxford University Press, 2007, 520-54.
  • 2007. “Linguistics and Micro-rhetoric: A Twenty-First Century Encounter.” Journal of English Linguistics 35.3 (2007):236-252.
  • 2003. Grammaticalization, by Paul J. Hopper and Elizabeth C. Traugott. Second Edition, Revised and Expanded. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
  • 2002.  “Hendiadys and auxiliation in English.”  Complex Sentences in Grammar and Discourse, ed. by Joan Bybee and Mickey Noonan, 145-173. Amsterdam: John Benjamins..
  • 2001. “Grammatical Constructions and their Discourse Origins: Prototype or Family Resemblance?” in Martin Pütz and Susanna Niemeier, eds., Applied Cognitive Linguistics: Theory, Acquisition, and Language Pedagogy, 109-130. Berlin: Mouton/De Gruyter.
  • 1998  “Emergent Grammar” in Michael Tomasello, ed., The New Psychology of Language: Cognitive and Functional     Approaches to Linguistic Structure. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Erlbaum.


FRIAS Research Project

Studies in Emergent Grammar

The study of language on the basis of natural conversations has led many linguists to a reassessment of the nature and role of grammatical structure. One aspect of this reassessment has been attention to the emergence of grammatical form as it unfolds in conversational interactions. During my stay at FRIAS in May and June 2013 I will be continuing my research on Emergent Grammar, with particular attention to the English demonstrative pronouns from the point of view of Auer's theory of on-line syntax.