Karsten Schmidtke-Bode

I'm a linguist at Leipzig University, where I'm currently working in a project on explaining grammatical coding asymmetries in terms of the cognitive and communicative consequences of frequency distributions in language use. Please feel free to check out the 'research' page to learn more about this project and my other work in linguistics.


Please contact me by email at kschmidtkebodeATgmailDOTcom.

Latest positions

Researcher (post-doc) in the ERC project on 'Explaining grammatical universals', Department of English, Leipzig University [since July 2016]

Interim professor of English Linguistics, Department of English and American Studies, University of Jena [September 2015 - July 2016]

Lecturer, Department of English, CAU Kiel [2015]

Academic staff ('Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter'), Department of English and American Studies, University of Jena [2010-2014]

Academic visitor, Research Centre of English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge (UK) [2008-2009]

Academic staff in the research project Principles of Linearization in Complex-Sentence Constructions (Principal investigator: Prof. Holger Diessel; funded by a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG)) [2007-2010]


2014: Ph.D. in English Linguistics (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

2007: M.A. in English Linguistics, Teaching German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Business Communication (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

2006: Leipzig Spring School on Linguistic Diversity (MPI and University of Leipzig)

2004-2005: Visiting student (Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley (USA))

2003-2007: Student research assistant, chairs of English Linguistics: Language and Cognition (Prof. Holger Diessel) and Language and Communication (Prof. Dr. Axel Hübler), Friedrich Schiller University Jena

2003: Summer Academy on Teaching English as a Foreign Language (University of Luton (GB))

2002: Summer Course on The Language and Culture of Great Britain (Southampton English Language Centre (GB))

2000: Abitur (A-levels equivalent) (Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium Ruhla)


2002-2007: Scholarship recipient of the German Academic Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

Practical experience

2005: Internship with KHUSHII (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India) in New Delhi and Neemrana, India (Work in urban and rural development projects, consultant in a case study on possibilities and limitations of computer-based learning in Neemrana)

2005: Practical training as teacher of German as a foreign language (Department of German, University of California at Berkeley (USA))

2002-2006: Translator and interpreter (German-English) for several local companies

2000-2001: Community service (elderly care)