Professor Jürgen Strauss

Jürgen Strauss has been a professor of English Linguistics at the University of Trier since 1976. He had previously been appointed to a professorship of English linguistics at the University of Kassel, and he has taught at the universities of Stuttgart, Saarbrücken and Salzburg, and lectured at various other universities in Europe and North America, e.g. as visiting professor at University College Dublin. He is the author of several books and has published widely in European journals on semantics, lexicology, grammatical theory, pragmatics, contrastive linguistics, historical linguistics, and foreign language teaching. Recently his main research interests have been English-German lexicology, the teaching of the cultural history of the English language at university level, and the use of multi-media in university teaching (cf. 'projects'). - Jürgen Strauss is married and has a daughter and a son. In his spare time, he enjoys blue water sailing.


Selected research projects

Multimedia project: A Cultural History of the English Language on CD-ROM. University of Trier, 2001. The project presents the social and cultural history of the English language by means of multimedia in order to help non-native students of English develop a "cultural competence", which depends heavily on the understanding of the historical and cultural background of the English speaking communities. – The project was granted financial support from the Ministry of Education of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

A similar project in the German language was carried out with students at the University of Trier in 2005 and also published: Multimediaprojekt Englische Sprach- und Kulturgeschichte auf CD-ROM. Universität Trier, 2005.

Multimedia Editions of Medieval English Texts - MEMET. This project provides multimedia editions of texts which are commonly read in introductory courses. It is aimed at students who want to obtain access to medieval English texts and tries to facilitate the study of the history of the English language. The first text that has been published is Chaucer's 'General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales'. – The next edition will be a selection of Old English texts.

Selected publications

Monographs:

Eine Komponentenanalyse im verbal- und situationskontextuellen Bereich: "Herr" und "Gebieter" in der altenglischen Poesie [A Componential Analysis of Verbal and Situational Contexts: 'Lord' and 'Master' in Old English Poetry]. Heidelberg: Winter, 1974.

Beowulf und die kleineren Denkmäler der altenglischen Heldensage Waldere und Finnsburg: Konkordanz und Glossar [Beowulf and the Minor Heroic Poems Waldere and Finnsburg: Concordance and Glossary]. Bearbeitet von Jürgen Strauss. Hg. Gerhard Nickel. Heidelberg: Winter, 1982.

Die Leistung der Linguistik für den Englischunterricht [The Contribution of Linguistics to English Language Teaching]. Mitautor/co-author. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1985.

A Multi-Media Version of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue on CD-ROM. With text, sound track, phonetic transcription, English and German translations, concordance, English and German glossary, comments. Revised ed. Trier: URT, 2002.

  

Further selected publications:

Forum Angewandte Linguistik: Wortschatz [Forum Applied Linguistics: Vocabulary. - Two radio broadcasts for the French radio station ORTF]. Manuskripte zweier jeweils halbstündiger Radio-Sendungen im französischen Rundfunk ORTF. Die Sendungen wurden im Winter 1972/73 ausgestrahlt.

"Problèmes de lexique" in: Cycle de linguistique appliquée des langues. Hasselt (Belgien): Postuniversitair Centrum 1972. Vol. 2, S. 99-108.

 "Kontrastive Lexik" [Contrastive Lexicology], in: Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Hg. Otmar Werner und Gerd Fritz. München: Hueber, 1975. S. 222-235.

"Wortschatztheorie und Wortschatzdidaktik. Zur Anwendbarkeit semantischer Theorien" [Lexicology and the Teaching of Vocabulary: The Applicability of Semantic Theories], in: Le Langage et l'Homme, 28 (1975), S. 26-32.

J. Strauß/R. Hoffmann, Bibliographie zur Sprachandragogik [Language Teaching for Adults: A Bibliography]. Trier (masch.), 1978. 25 pp.

 "Lehrwerkanalyse und -konzeption" [The Analysis and Conception of Textbooks]. Einleitung und Edition des Workshops English. In: W. Kühlwein/A. Raasch (Hrsg.), Sprache und Verstehen, Bd. II. Tübingen: Narr, 1980. S. 213-226.

'Compounding in Old English poetry', in: Folia Linguistica Historica 1 (1980), S. 305-316.

 "Die Kasusgrammatik im 'Notional Syllabus'" [Case Grammar in the 'Notional Syllabus'], in: Günter Radden und René Dirven (eds.), Kasusgrammatik. Anglistik und Englischunterricht, Bd. 14, Trier: WVG, 1981. S. 73-86.

'The lexicological analysis of older stages of languages', in: Jacek Fisiak, ed., Historical Semantics - Historical Word-Formation. Berlin: Mouton, 1985. S. 573-582.

 'Concepts, fields, and 'non-basic' lexical items', in: Dieter Kastovsky and Aleksander Szwedek, eds., Linguistics across Historical and Geographical Boundaries. Berlin: Mouton, 1986. S. 135-144.

 'Heah cyning vs. heahcyning - time-stability in Old English compounding' [with Wolfram Bublitz], in: Wolfgang Lörscher and Rainer Schulze, eds., Perspectives on Language in Performance: Studies in Linguistics, Literary Criticism and Language Teaching and Learning. Tübingen: Narr, 1987. S. 88-99.

 'Metaphors and the nominal(ized) style of Old English poetry', in: Josef Klegraf and Dietrich Nehls, eds., Essays on the English Language and Applied Linguistics. Heidelberg: Groos, 1988. S. 199-205.

"Variation in Old English Poetry: The Function of Lexical Repetition", in: W. Kühlwein (ed.), Language as Structure and Language as Process. Trier: WVT, 1998, 81-97.

"Stasis and Routine versus Dynamics and Creativity: On Balance in Historical Semantics", in: A.J. Schuth, K. Horner, J.J. Weber (eds.), Life in Language. Trier, WVT, 2005, 61-76.

Selected reviews:

Volker Hinnenkamp, Interkulturelle Kommunikation. IRAL 36 (1998), 259-260.

Peters, H. Die englischen Gradadverbien der Kategorie booster. Tübingen 1993 in: Archiv, 232 (1995), 180-182.

Mirbach, L. Form und Gehalt der substantivischen Reihungen in George Puttenham's 'The Arte of English Poesie'. Tübingen 1989 in: Anglia, 112 (1994), 484-486.

Alm-Arvius, C. The English Verb See: A Study in Multiple Meaning. Göteborg 1993 in: Archiv, 232 (1995), 175-178.