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Prof. Dr. Thomas Kohnen

Chair of Historical English Linguistics

Department of English
50931 Cologne

Office: Philosophikum, room 1.214

Phone: +49 (0) 221  470  3709

Email: thomas.kohnen(at)

Office hours term break:

Tuesday, 04.02., 11 am

Wednesday, 26.02., 11 am

Tuesday, 31.03., 11 am

Please put your name on the list beside the office door for an appointment.

Selected publications


  • 2017 "Non-Canonical Speech Acts in the History of English". ZAA 63 (2): 303-318.
  • 2017  "English Commonplace Books as Multilingual Receiver Corpora". In: Arja Nurmi, Tanja Rütten und Päivi Pahta (eds.). Challenging the Myth of Monolingual Corpora. (Language and Computers. Studies in Digital Linguistics 80). Leiden, Boston: Brill. 127-152.
  • 2015 "Indirect Speech Acts in the 18th Century and After: Stagnation, Transformation, Innovation?". In: Rainer Emig und Jana Gohrisch (eds.). Anglistentag 2014 Hannover. Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 67-77.

Main areas of research

  • Historical Pragmatics und Historical Textlinguistics
  • Corpuslinguistics (synchronical und diachronical)
  • Spreechact Theory