Thomas Niehr

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Thomas Niehr (born January 10, 1961 in Dortmund ) is a German linguist and university professor at RWTH Aachen University .


Thomas Niehr studied German, philosophy and educational science at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn , where he also received his doctorate in 1993. In 2002 he completed his habilitation at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf (Venia legendi: German Linguistics). In 2009 he accepted the professorship for German Linguistics at the Institute for Linguistics and Communication Studies at RWTH Aachen University, where he had previously been a professor's representative since 2004 and an adjunct professor since 2007. In March 2014, Niehr took on an Erasmus short-term lectureship at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia and in October 2016 a visiting professor at the Tongji University in Shanghai .

Thomas Niehr is the 1st chairman of the Working Group Language in Politics eV and chairman of the Aachen branch of the Society for German Language . He is also on the scientific advisory board of the book series Empirical Linguistics (edited by Wolfgang Imo and Constanze Spieß, Verlag de Gruyter).

Research priorities

His research interests are in the areas of political communication , voice criticism , argumentation and discourse analysis and public usage.

Publications (selection)

A complete list of the scientific publications can be found on Thomas Niehr's website at RWTH Aachen University.


  • (together with Jana Reissen-Kosch): People's voice? On the language of right-wing populism. Berlin: Dudenverlag, 2018.
  • (together with Jörg Kilian and Jürgen Schiewe): Language criticism. Approaches and methods of critical consideration of language. 2nd, revised and updated edition. Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 2016.
  • Introduction to political linguistics. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014.
  • Introduction to linguistic discourse analysis. Darmstadt: Scientific Book Society, 2014.
  • The dispute over migration in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A Comparative Discourse History Investigation. Heidelberg: Winter, 2004.
  • (together with Matthias Jung and Karin Böke): Foreigners and migrants in the press. A discourse-historical dictionary on immigration since 1945. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2000.
  • Keywords in a political and cultural context. On the public discourse in the FRG from 1966 to 1974. Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitäts Verlag, 1993.

Edited anthologies

  • (together with Jörg Kilian and Martin Wengeler): Handbuch Sprache und Politik (3 volumes). Bremen: Hempen, 2017.
  • (together with Jörg Kilian): Politics as linguistically bound knowledge. Political language in lifelong learning and political action. Bremen: Hempen, 2013.
  • (together with Hajo Diekmannshenke): Public words. Analysis of public media use of language. Stuttgart: ibidem, 2013.
  • (together with Dietrich Busse and Martin Wengeler): Explosive semantics. Newer concepts and research results of a cultural studies linguistics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2005.
  • (together with Karin Böke): Immigration Discourses. Comparative discourse linguistic studies. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2000.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Thomas Niehr. In: Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar Online. De Gruyter. Retrieved August 29, 2014.