Ernst Leisi (English studies)

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Ernst Leisi (born June 29, 1918 in Frauenfeld , † December 30, 2001 in Zurich ) was a Swiss English graduate and university professor.


Ernst Leisi, son of the grammar school teacher and local historian Ernst Leisi and Maria Schneller, attended primary and cantonal schools in Frauenfeld. He studied German and English at the Universities of Zurich and Geneva .

In 1945 he was awarded a Dr. phil. PhD . 1946/1947 he was lecturer for German at the University of Bristol , 1947/1948 scientific assistant for English at the University of Zurich, 1948 to 1950 lecturer for German at the University of Cambridge .

After completing his habilitation at the University of Zurich in 1950, he taught there as a private lecturer , and on May 5, 1951, he gave his inaugural lecture. From 1952 worked as a lecturer, from 1955 with the title of associate professor at the University of Kiel . From 1956 to 1984 he taught as a full professor of English at the University of Zurich.

In addition to his actual research area, English linguistics , he also dealt with Shakespeare and in 1976 co-founded the English-German study edition of Shakespeare's dramas .

Ernst Leisi was married to the translator Ilse Leisi born in 1944 . Gugler (1913–1999), with whom he also published a book.


  • 1987: Prize for science journalism from the German Anglist Conference

Fonts (selection)

  • The tautological word pairs in Caxton's "Eneydos". For synchronic research into meaning and cause. New York 1947 (dissertation).
  • with Christian Mair : Today's English. Traits and problems. 1955. 8th edition. Winter, Heidelberg, 1999, ISBN 3-8253-0598-8 .
  • The word content. Its structure in German and English . Quelle & Meyer, Heidelberg 1953, 5th edition 1975 (habilitation thesis).
  • Practice of English semantics. With the participation of Dorothea Less and Walter Naef. 1973. 2nd edition, Winter, Heidelberg 1985, ISBN 3-533-03542-5 .
  • Couple and language. Linguistic aspects of the two-person relationship. Quelle and Meyer, Heidelberg 1978, ISBN 3-494-02094-9 (currently in the 6th edition).
  • with Ilse Leisi: Language etiquette or how and what should I talk? Narr, Tübingen 1992, ISBN 3-8233-4121-9 .
  • Side lights. Outdated essays on culture, language and literature. Narr, Tübingen 1995, ISBN 3-8233-4141-3 .
  • Acquittal for Switzerland. Memories and documents relieve the war generation. Huber, Frauenfeld 1997, ISBN 3-7193-1125-2 .


  • Swiss Biographical Archive 3 (1953), p. 84.
  • RJ Watts, U. Weidmann (Ed.): Modes of Interpretation. 1984.
  • U. Fries, M. Heusser (Ed.): Meaning and Beyond. 1989.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. New items in the first half of 2016 (PDF; 4.3 MB) Narr Verlag, accessed on September 29, 2016 .