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Univ.-Ass. Dr. Stefan THIM, M.A.

Research interests

  • Linguistic variation and change
  • History of English, from Old English to Modern English
  • Varieties of English / dialectology
  • Functionalist approaches to language change
  • English as a Germanic language
  • Language contact
  • Historical syntax, morphology, word-formation, lexicology and lexicography
  • Standardization, normative traditions, prescription/description

Selected publications

  • 2006. Ed. (with Andrew James Johnston & Ferdinand von Mengden) Language and Text: Current Perspectives on English and Germanic Historical Linguistics and Philology. Anglistische Forschungen 359. Heidelberg: Winter.
  • 2006. “Phrasal Verbs in Everyday English, 1500–1700”. In: Language and Text: Current Perspectives on English and Germanic Historical Linguistics and Philology. Ed. Johnston, von Mengden & Thim. Heidelberg: Winter, 291–306.
  • 2006. “Phrasal Verbs in Late Middle and Early Modern English: Combinations with back, down, forth, out, and up”. In: Syntax, Style and Grammatical Norms: English from 1500–2000. Ed. Christiane Dalton-Puffer, Nikolaus Ritt, Herbert Schendl & Dieter Kastovsky. Bern: Lang, 213–228.
  • 2008. “The Rise of the Phrasal Verb in English: A Case of Scandinavian Influence?”. In: Anglistentag 2007 Münster: Proceedings of the Conference of the German Association of University Teachers of English 29. Ed. Klaus Stierstorfer. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 291–304.
  • 2009. “Phrasal Verbs in Transition: A Diachronic and Comparative Study of the English Verb-Particle Construction”. Doctoral dissertation, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
  • 2011. “On the Phrasal Verbs in Some Paston Letters”. In: More than Words: English Lexicography and Lexicology Past and Present (Essays Presented to Hans Sauer on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday – Part I). Ed. Renate Bauer & Ulrike Krischke. Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 355–385.
  • 2011. “Historical Dictionaries of English”. Lexicographica 27, 63–99.
  • 2012. Phrasal Verbs: The English Verb-Particle Construction and its History. Topics in English Linguistics 78. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
    [reviewed in: Language 89.3, 2013, 664–667, by Laurel Brinton; Anglia 132.2, 2014, 374–378, by Martin Hilpert; Language Dynamics and Change 4.2, 2014, 301–306, by Judith Huber; English Language and Linguistics 18.3, 2014, 572–586, by Bert Cappelle]


  • Studied English and German at Erlangen (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität), Germany, and St Andrews, Scotland
  • MA in English, German linguistics and Germanic philology at Erlangen
  • Visiting Fellow at the Research Unit for Variation and Change in English at Helsinki University
  • PhD in English linguistics at Erlangen
  • lecturer in English linguistics at FU Berlin, University of Potsdam, LMU Munich and FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • since October 2013: lecturer (‘Universitätsassistent/post-doc’), Department of English, University of Vienna
  • summer term 2015 and winter term 2015/16: Professor of English Linguistics (as temporary replacement) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


See research interests, in addition:

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • English accents and dialects
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Medieval English language and literature
  • Renaissance discourses
  • Language and culture

Courses taught at Vienna:

  • Communication, Code and Culture (VO 2013W, 2014S, 2016W, 2017S)
  • Early Modern English (AR 2013W and PS2 2016S)
  • Norms of Correctness in English (PS2 2014S)
  • English and German: Contrast, Comparison, Typology (AR 2014W)
  • The Language of Shakespeare (PS2 2014W)
  • Before Modern English: Language in Late Medieval England (PS2, 2016S)
  • English Historical Lexicology: Borrowing, Semantics, Word-formation (S, 2017S)



Room 3E-02-24A

T +43 1 4277 42436



Office hours in 2017W:

Fri, 11-12

Office hours at other times by appointment.



Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik /
Department of English
Universität Wien
Campus d. Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4/Hof 8.3
1090 Wien

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