Reinhard Koehler

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Reinhard Köhler (born August 10, 1951 in Dortmund ) is a German linguist . From 1990 to 2016 he was Professor of Linguistic Data Processing (Computational Linguistics) at the University of Trier .

Reinhard Koehler


After finishing school with the Abitur at the Stadtgymnasium in Dortmund in 1970, Reinhard Köhler did his civilian alternative service and in the summer semester of 1972 began his studies at the Ruhr University Bochum in the subjects general linguistics, social sciences and Slavic studies ; further interests were in mathematics as well as the theory and practice of programming. During his studies he worked at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Accident Research, as a high school teacher for mathematics, physics and chemistry at a private school and as a programmer at RWE in Essen.

In 1980 Köhler passed his master's degree at the Ruhr University in Bochum. 1980–1984 he was a research assistant in the department of linguistics and communication science at the University of Essen. In addition, from 1982 he worked as a software developer and systems analyst. From 1985 he was a research assistant at the Linguistic Institute of the Ruhr University Bochum; 1985 doctorate at the philological faculty. For his dissertation on linguistic synergetics: structure and dynamics of lexicons (published 1986) he received the 1986 Wilhelm Hollenberg Prize and the Prize of the Ruhr University Bochum. From the 1989/90 winter semester he was the professor for linguistic data processing at the University of Trier; from September 1990 to 2016 he held the professorship for linguistic data processing (computational linguistics) in Trier. He has since retired.

Focus of work

Reinhard Köhler's main research interests are in quantitative and system-theoretical linguistics; his teaching is mainly concerned with quantitative and systems theoretical linguistics, software engineering, philosophy of science and statistical methods in linguistics. The Linguistic Synergetics owes him her foundation and preparation; it captures language with a system of interconnected language laws which, as a long-term goal, aim at a newly founded language theory .

In addition to his research work, Reinhard Köhler is an essential driver of the international organization of quantitative linguistics: he is the president of the International Quantitative Linguistics Association (IQLA) and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Quantitative Linguistics .


Works in chronological order:

Monographs and edited volumes

The following list contains monographs and edited volumes by Reinhard Köhler as sole or co-author and editor:

  • On linguistic synergetics. Structure and dynamics of the lexicon . Brockmeyer, Bochum: 1985. (Quantitative linguistics; 31) ISBN 3-88339-538-2 . At the same time: Dissertation, Ruhr University Bochum, Philosophical Faculty, 1985.
  • together with Rüdiger Grotjahn, Sebastian Kempgen & Werner Lehfeldt (eds.): Viribvs Vnitis. Festschrift for Gabriel Altmann on his 60th birthday. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier 1991. ISBN 3-88476-007-6 (In addition to many humorous articles from friends, colleagues and students, it contains a short biography and a list of publications.)
  • together with Janßen, Andreas: PASCAL. Programming for language and text science. Francke, Tübingen 1991. (UTB; 1638)
  • together with Burghard B. Rieger (Ed.): Contributions to Quantitative Linguistics. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Quantitative Linguistics, QUALICO, Trier 1991. Kluwer, Dordrecht / Boston / London 1993. ISBN 0-7923-2197-9 .
  • Bibliography of quantitative linguistics = Bibliography of quantitative linguistics = Bibliografija po kvantitativnoj lingvistike . Amsterdam: Benjamin. (Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science: Library and information sources in linguistics; 25) ISBN 90-272-3751-4 .
  • together with Gabriel Altmann, Dariusch Bagheri, Hans Goebl, Reinhard Köhler, Claudia Prün: Introduction to Quantitative Lexicology . Peust & Gutschmidt, Göttingen 2002. ISBN 3-933043-09-3 .
  • together with Gabriel Altmann and Rajmund G. Piotrowski (eds.): Quantitative Linguistics - Quantitative Linguistics. An International Handbook - An International Handbook . de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2005, ISBN 3-11-015578-8 .
  • together with Peter Grzybek (eds.): Exact Methods in the Study of Language and Text. Dedicated to Gabriel Altmann on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter 2007. ISBN 978-3-11-019354-1 . (Contains 67 articles in German and English; in the foreword a short biography and appreciation; in the appendix a list of the writings of Gabriel Altmann.)
  • Sinergetičeskaja lingvistika: Struktura i dinamika leksiki ( )
  • together with Gabriel Altmann: Problems in Quantitative Linguistics 2. RAM-Verlag, Lüdenscheid 2008. ISBN 978-3-9802659-7-3 .
  • Issues in Quantitative Linguistics . (Editor) RAM-Verlag, Lüdenscheid 2009. ISBN 978-3-9802659-9-7 .

Book series and magazines

  • Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 1994ff. (Editor-in-chief)
  • Glottometrics, 2001ff. (Co-editor) (PDF No. 1ff, full texts )
  • Glottotheory, 2008ff. (Co-editor)
  • Quantitative Linguistics (book series: Volume 1ff., 1978ff., Brockmeyer, Bochum; Volume 52ff., Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier 1993ff .; Member of the Editorial Board 1984ff .; Volume 63ff., Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2008ff. , Editor, together with Gabriel Altmann and Peter Grzybek.)
  • Studies in Quantitative Linguistics, 2008ff. (Book series: Volume 1ff., 2008ff .; co-editor from Volume 6, 2010ff.)

In addition, there are many other works (translations, essays and others).

In honor of Reinhard Köhler

  • Glottometrics 21, 2011 (PDF full text ). Dedicated to Reinhard Köhler on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
  • Radek Čech, Gabriel Altmann : Problems in Quantitative Linguistics 3. Dedicated to Reinhard Köhler on the occasion of his 60th birthday. RAM-Verlag, Lüdenscheid 2011. ISBN 978-3-942303-08-8 .
  • Sven Naumann, Peter Grzybek, Relja Vulanović, Gabriel Altmann (editors): Synergetic Linguistics. Text and Language as Dynamic Systems. To Reinhard Köhler on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2012. ISBN 978-3-7069-0700-2 .
  • Emmerich Kelih, Róisín Knigth, Ján Mačutek, Andrew Wilson: Issues in Quantitative Linguistics 4. Dedicated to Reinhard Köhler on the occasion of his 65th birthday. RAM-Verlag, Lüdenscheid 2016. ISBN 978-3-942303-44-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Reinhard Koehler: Synergetic Linguistics . In: Reinhard Köhler, Gabriel Altmann, Rajmund G. Piotrowski (eds.): Quantitative Linguistics - Quantitative Linguistics. An international manual. de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2005, pp. 760–774. ISBN 3-11-015578-8 .
  2. Reinhard Köhler: Frequency, contextuality and length of words - an extension of the synergetic-linguistic model . In Reinhard Rapp, Peter Sedlmeier and Gisela Zunker-Rapp (eds.): Perspectives on Cognition - A Festschrift for Manfred Wettler . Pabst Science Publishers, Lengerich 2006, pages 327-338. ISBN 3-89967-314-X .
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