Wilfried Kürschner

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Wilfried Kürschner (born April 8, 1945 in Lichterfeld , Niederlausitz ) is a German linguist and university professor .


After graduating from university in 1965 at the Helmholtz-Gymnasium in Dortmund , Kürschner studied German and English in the teaching course at grammar schools in Tübingen and Newcastle upon Tyne and passed the first state examination in 1970 . In 1973 he received his doctorate in Tübingen with Otmar Werner with the dissertation "On the syntactic description of German nominal compounds ". In 1979/80 he completed his habilitation, again with Otmar Werner, in Freiburg i. Br. With a thesis on negation in German and was appointed private lecturer . From 1980 to 2010 he was Professor (C 4) for general linguistics and German linguistics at the University of Osnabrück , Department / Location Vechta, from 1995 Vechta University , since 2010 Vechta University . In 1982/83, 1994 to 1996 and 1997, Kürschner was dean of the faculty for languages, art, music and humanities, cultural and social sciences, and in 1997/98 he was rector of Vechta University of Applied Sciences. From 2003 to 2009 he was director of the Institute for English and German Studies.

Kürschner became known nationwide with his “Mini Latinum ”, which he developed for German language and literature students because, in his opinion , their knowledge of grammar can be expanded through insights into the grammar of Latin (and Greek).

Kürschner is married and has two children ( Sebastian Kürschner , Katrin Reich née Kürschner). He lives in Vechta .


Kürschner's focus is on grammar , spec. German orthography , history of linguistics and language and linguistics in public. Since 1995 he has been co-editor of the research edition of the works of Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm ; he was responsible for editing the Grimm parts of the German dictionary (Vol. 40, 41, 42.1, 42.2). At the University of Vechta, he was responsible in particular for teacher training and master's degree students specializing in German / German studies . In addition, from 1994 to 2010 he was the examinations officer for teacher training courses . Kürschner also gained importance as the editor of the Linguist Handbook .


  • East-West Society for Language and Cultural Research, 2nd chairman
  • International Organizing Committee for the Linguistic Colloquium

Publications (selection)

  • Low German dictionary for the Oldenburger Münsterland. Authors: Maria Blömer, Bernhard Grieshop, Alfred Kuhlmann, Wilhelm Thien, Kerstin Ummen; scientific support: Wilfried Kürschner. Heimatbund for the Oldenburger Münsterland, Cloppenburg 2020, ISBN 978-3-941073-29-6 .
  • Grammatical Compendium. Systematic index of basic grammatical terms (= UTB. 1526). 1989, 2nd edition 1993, 3rd edition 1997, 4th edition 2003, 5th edition 2005, 6th edition 2008, 7th, revised and expanded edition, reviewed by Sebastian Kürschner . Francke , Tübingen 2017, ISBN 978-3-8252-4693-8 , e ISBN 978-3-8385-4693-3 .
  • Paperback linguistics. A study companion for Germanists. 1994, 2nd edition 2003, 3rd edition 2007. E. Schmidt , Berlin, ISBN 978-3-503-09814-9 .
  • New spelling compact. Systematic overview of the innovations in the spelling reform. Word index with variant guide for double spellings. Plaggenborg, Vechta 2001, ISBN 3-929358-61-1 .
  • Linguist's Handbook. Biographical and bibliographical data of German-speaking linguists of the present. 2 volumes. Narr, Tübingen 1994, ISBN 3-8233-5000-5 .
  • Studies on negation in German. Narr / Stauffenburg, Tübingen 1983, ISBN 3-87808-812-4 .
  • For the syntactic description of German noun compounds. Niemeyer , Tübingen 1974. Reprint De Gruyter , Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-484-10207-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. See www.wilkuer.de for basic data
  2. See www.germanistenverzeichnis.phil.uni-erlangen.de
  3. Wolfgang Krischke: School: Bend over! In: zeit.de. March 23, 2005, accessed December 15, 2014 .
  4. See www.profkuer.de