Dr. phil. Florian Dolberg

Academic Career

Studied English Linguistics, Biology and Pedagogy at the University of Hamburg

2008 Staatsexamen - Thesis on "Is headlessness compensated for? A comparison of endocentric and exocentric compounds"

2008-2012 Research assistant at the University of Hamburg, Institute for British and American Studies (Linguistics)

since 2012 Research assistant at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, English Linguistics

Post-doctoral research project (Habilitation)

Complexity of Coordination and Subordination: Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Factors 


Gender Variation, Change, and Loss in Mediaeval English: Evidence from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Referees: Prof. G. Corbett (Surrey) and Prof. H.-O. Enger (Oslo))


Research Articles

"Quantifying gender change in Medieval English". In: Esther-Miriam Wagner, Ben Outhwaite & Bettina Beinhoff (eds.). Scribes as Agents of Language Change (= Studies in Language Change [SLC] 10). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.


"Subject to Change: Decay and Mutation of Linguistic Memory". In: Markus Bieswanger & Amei Koll-Stobbe (eds.). New Approaches to the Analysis of Linguistic Variability. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.


"Gender Change from Old to Middle English". In: Irén Hegedüs & Alexandra Fodor (eds.). English Historical Linguistics 2010 Selected Papers from the Sixteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 16), Pécs, 23-27 August 2010 (= Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 325). Amsterdam: Benjamins.


(with Peter Siemund) "From lexical to referential gender: An analysis of gender change in medieval English based on two historical documents". Folia Linguistica 45/2: 489-534.



Theory and data in cognitive linguistics, by Nikolas Gisborne & Willem B. Hollmann (eds.). In: English Language and Linguistics 20(1).

Structure in Language: A dynamic perspective by Thomas Berg. In: eLanguage <http://elanguage.net/blogs/booknotices/?p=2616>

Conference Contributions


"Bilingualism vs. Semi-Communication in Language Contact and Change: are the Vikings to Blame for Morpho-Syntactic Simplifications in Mediaeval English?". Paper Presented at the 9th International Conference on Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL-9), Vancouver.

(With Laura Altenkirch). "Lexical have: When do you have the demeanour of a full verb, and when have you the behaviour of an auxiliary?". Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English (ICAME 36), Trier.


"historia grammatica gentis linguae anglicae: the Function and Fate of English Gender". Invited Talk, University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.


"More Sex, less Grammar: Gender in the Peterborough Chronicle". Invited Talk, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich.

(With Peter Siemund). "Changing Categories of English Gender". Genus, Klassifikation und Kategorisierung, Münster.


"English Gender: Change and Loss". Paper Presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English (ICAME 33), Leuven.

(With Peter Siemund). "From Lexical to Referential Gender". 15th International Morphology Meeting, Vienna.


"English Gender: Medieval Changes". 15th LIPP-Symposium: Sprachwandel / Language Change, Munich.

"Gender Change in medieval English". Scribes as agents of language change, Cambridge.

"Subject to Change: Decay and Mutation of Linguistic Memory". 12. Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium, Braunschweig.


"Gender change in Late Old / Early Middle English". Paper Presented at the 16th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 16), Pécs.

(With Martin Schweinberger). "Killing Metaphors. A Contrastive Analysis of Metaphors in Contemporary War Policy". Ringvorlesung "Politik & Ästhetik" (Lecture series "Politics & Aesthetics"), Universität Hamburg.

"A Paradigm Shift? Gender assignment in Mediaeval English". Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English (ICAME 32), Gießen.


(With Martin Schweinberger). "'Wie kam der Mensch zur Sprache?' oder 'Können Bienen sprechen?'" ('How did human language develop?' or 'Can bees talk?'). Open Uni, Universität Hamburg.

"Contextual compensation for semantic opacity in English compounds". 10. Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium, Greifswald.


Courses Taught

Cognitive Linguistics
Construction Grammar
Early Modern English
Introduction to English Linguistics
Introduction to Psycholinguistics
Introduction to Syntax
Language Processing and Interpretation
Language Production and Comprehension
Late Modern English
Methods in Linguistics
Old English
Phonetics and Phonology
Word Formation