Prof. Dr. Claudia Claridge



Telefon: +49 821 598 - 2758
Fax: +49 821 598 - 5638
Raum: 4047
Sprechzeiten: Thursday 19.04.2018: 10 - 12 a.m.
Wednesday 23.05.2018: 10 - 12 a.m.
Monday 18.06.2018: 10 - 12 a.m.
by prior arrangement via email
(due to sabbatical in summer term 2018)

Please note that I will not be available from August 22nd to September 14th, 2018, neither personally nor via mail.

Due to a sabbatical (Forschungsfreisemester) there will be no courses and no regular office hours offered by me in the summer term 2018.
Consultation will be possible by email and by specially arranged appointments.
I will of course also be available for supervising and grading bachelor/master theses and Zulas.

Curriculum Vitae 

since 2015

Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Augsburg

2007 - 2015

Full Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen

2003 - 2007

Assistant professor at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel

1999 - 2003

Junior Lecturer (C1) at the University of Greifswald


Ph.D., University of Chemnitz (Thesis: Multi-word Verbs in Early Modern English)

1994 - 1999

Research Assistant at Chemnitz University of Technology - DFG-funded project "Compilation of an Early Modern English Pamphlet Corpus" (Lampeter Corpus)

1992 - 1994

In-school teacher training course at various Grammar Schools (Second State Exam)

1985 - 1992

Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg: M.A. in English Linguistics, English & American Literature and Medieval History; Teacher Training degree in English and History (First State Exam)


Research Interests  

History of English:

  • Early and Late Modern English
  • Language change
  • Intensifiers
  • Phraseology


  • Figurative language
  • Pragmatic markers

Text and Discourse Studies:

  • Genre evolution
  • News discourse
  • Development of history writing
  • Rhetorical analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics



Select Publications  

(see complete list here)

Taavitsainen, Irma, Merja Kytö, Claudia Claridge & Jeremy Smith (eds.). 2014. Developments in English: Expanding Electronic Evidence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Claridge, Claudia. 2011. Hyperbole in English: A corpus-based study of exaggeration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Claridge, Claudia. 2000. Multi-word Verbs in Early Modern English. A Corpus-Based Study. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi. [Language and Computers 32]

Claridge, Claudia & Merja Kytö. 2014. “I had Lost Sight of Them Then for a Bit, but I Went on Pretty Fast: Two Degree Modifiers in the Old Bailey Corpus.” In Irma Taavitsainen, Andreas Jucker & Jukka Tuominen (eds.). Diachronic Corpus Pragmatics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins, 29-52.

Claridge, Claudia. 2013. “The Evolution of Three Pragmatic Markers: As it were, so to speak/say and if you Like.” In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics 14/2. 161-184.

Claridge, Claudia. 2010. “From Manuscript to Printing: Transformations of Genres in the History of English.” In: Traugott, Elizabeth & Terttu Nevalainen (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the History of English.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 304-313.

Claridge, Claudia. 2012. “Styles, Registers, Genres, Text Types” In: Alexander Bergs & Laurel Brinton (eds.). Historical Linguistics of English: An International Handbook. 2012. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 237-253.

Claridge, Claudia. 2012. “‘Upon These Heads I Shall Discourse’: Lexicographical and Corpus Evidence for Senses and Phrases.” In: Merja Kytö (ed.). English Corpus Linguistics: Crossing Paths. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 133-163.

Claridge, Claudia. 2010. “News Discourse.” In: Andreas Jucker & Irma Taavitsainen (eds.). Handbook of Pragmatics: Historical Pragmatics. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 587-620.

Claridge, Claudia. 2008. “Historical Corpora.” In: Anke Lüdeling & Merja Kytö (eds.). Corpus Linguistics. Berlin: De Gruyter, 242-259. [Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 29/1]