Michael Beisswenger

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Michael Beißwenger (* 1973 in Backnang ) is a German German philologist and professor for German linguistics and language didactics at the University of Duisburg-Essen .


Beißwenger grew up in Heilbronn , where he at the 1992 Elly-Heuss-Knapp-Gymnasium his Abitur made. His sister is the actress Sonja Beißwenger .


After studying German Philology ( German Philology ) and Middle and New History at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg ( Magister artium 2000), Beißwenger graduated in 2007 at the University of Dortmund in German linguistics with a thesis on the topic of "Language coordination in chat communication " doctorate and 2012 on" Digital corpora and communication technologies in language analysis and language teaching " habilitation . From 2000 to 2001 he worked as a research assistant with Herbert Ernst Wiegand at the German Department of Heidelberg University, 2001–2002 in the grammar department at the Leibniz Institute for German Language , 2002–2012 as a research assistant at Angelika Storrer's chair at the university Dortmund . From 2012-2014 he was a professor for linguistics of the German language and language didactics at the TU Dortmund, before he was appointed professor for German linguistics and language didactics at the University of Duisburg-Essen in February 2016 .

Beißwenger's work focuses on applied linguistics , especially linguistic research into digital communication, in media didactics , corpus linguistics and in the area of digital humanities .

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  • Michael Beißwenger (2007): Language coordination in chat communication . Berlin. New York: de Gruyter (Linguistics - Impulse & Tendencies 26), ISBN 9783110200508 .
  • Michael Beißwenger / Steffen Pappert (2019): Acting with emojis. Floor plan of a linguistics of small icons in WhatsApp communication . Duisburg: UVRR, ISBN 9783956050695 .


Journal publications and book contributions:

  • Michael Beißwenger (2013): Space in computer-mediated communication: Corpus-based investigations on the use of local deictics in chats. In: Peter Auer, Martin Hilpert, Anja Stukenbrock & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (Eds.): Linguistic Perspectives on Space: Geography, Interaction, and Cognition. Berlin. New York: de Gruyter (Linguae & Litterae 25), 494-528.
  • Michael Beißwenger (2016): Practices in Internet-Based Communication. In: Linguistic and communicative practices. Yearbook 2015 of the Institute for German Language. Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 279–310.
  • Michael Beißwenger (2020): Internet-based communication as text-form-based interaction: a new proposal for an old problem. In: German in social media: interactive, multimodal, diverse. Yearbook 2019 of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language. Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 291–318.
  • Michael Beißwenger / Veronika Burovikhina (2019): From the black box to the inverted classroom: designing text indexing cooperatively with digital reading and annotation tools. In: Carolin Führer & Felician-Michael Führer (ed.): Dissonances in teacher training. Theoretical, empirical and university didactic reconstructions and perspectives for the subject German. Münster: Waxmann, 193–222.
  • Michael Beißwenger / Harald Lüngen (2020): CMC-core: a schema for the representation of CMC corpora in TEI. In: Corpus 20. Open Access: https://journals.openedition.org/corpus/4553
  • Michael Beißwenger / Lena Meyer (2020): Gamification as the key to "dry" topics? Observations and analyzes for a web-based simulation game to promote orthographic competence. In: Karin Beckers & Marvin Wassermann (eds.): Knowledge communication on the web. Linguistic perspectives and analyzes. Frankfurt: Peter Lang (Transferwissenschaften 11), 203–239.
  • Michael Beißwenger / Steffen Pappert (2019): How to be polite with emojis: a pragmatic analysis of face work strategies in an online learning environment. In: European Journal of Applied Linguistics 7 (2), 225-253.
  • Michael Beißwenger / Angelika Storrer (2010): Collaborative hypertext production with Wiki technology. Examples and experiences in schools and universities. In: Eva-Maria Jakobs, Katrin Lehnen & Kirsten Schindler (eds.): Writing and media. School, college, job . Frankfurt: Peter Lang (Text Production and Medium 10 series), 13–36.

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