Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann
Bernd Kortmann is Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His publications include four monographs, ten edited volumes, the two-volume multimedia reference work A Handbook of Varieties of English (published in 2004, as paperback in 2008), one print atlas on grammatical variation in the anglophone world (2012), the open access electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English (www.ewave-atlas.org; version 2.0 published November 2013), and about 90 research articles and reviews in journals and collective volumes. He has published on semantics, semantic change, grammaticalization, typology, language complexity, history of linguistics, and English grammar. His main research interest over the last decade has been the grammar of non-standard varieties of English around the world, especially from a typological perspective. Bernd Kortmann serves as co-editor of two book series, both published by De Gruyter Mouton: Topics in English Linguistics and Dialects of English (formerly Edinburgh University Press). As of June 2012, Bernd Kortmann also serves as one of three editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics (Cambridge University Press). Apart from his duties as a series and journal editor, he is a member of the editorial boards of the journals English Today and Transactions of the Philological Society. At the University of Freiburg, Bernd Kortmann served as Dean of the Philological Faculty from 1997 to 1999 and 2010 to 2014. He was director of the graduate programme Master of European Linguistics from 2004 to 2014, and has been Chairman of the Board of the Language Teaching Centre since 2003 and a member of the Board of the Hermann Paul Centre of Linguistics since 2006. Since 2012 he has been a member of the selection panel of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowships. From April 2008 until September 2009 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Language and Literature of the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS). In December 2013 he was appointed Director of the FRIAS for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and as of October 2015 Speaker of the Board of Directors (Executive Director) of FRIAS. Bernd Kortmann holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Eastern Finland and is an elected member of the Academia Europaea.