Philipp Wasserscheidt, born on 15.09.1981 in Dresden, Germany


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Institut für Slawistik

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

Telephone: +49 (0)30 – 2093 5183

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Academic development

2010–2015: Freie Universität Berlin. Doctorate „General Linguistics“ (Grade: Summa cum laude). Mentors: Prof. Dr. Anatol Stefanowitsch, Prof. Dr. Christian Voß. Thesis: „Bilingual Speech: A construction grammar approach

07/2010: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Master of Arts „Slavic Languages“, Thesis: „Cognitive Modelling of Language Mixing

2006/2007: Semester abroad at the University of Belgrade

05/2007: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Bachelor of Arts „Slavic languages and literatures“ and „Russian”. Thesis: „Multiligualism and language change among Hungarian speakers in the Serbian Banat

Academic positions

since 2017: Visiting professor at the University of Kragujevac

since 04/2011: Assistent at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Chair for South-Slavic Linguistics and Cultural Studies

2008–2009: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Student principal investigator, Project „Script and Mind“


7/2017–6/2018: Project “Ecco – Environment for corpus creation and use”. Funded by

HU Berlin.

3/2017–2/2018: Project „Making and breaking frontiers in South Eastern Europe“. Excursion and conferences on muslim minorities in SOE. Funded by the German DAAD.

seit 09/2017: CoLABnet – Network for Competencies in Liberal Arts on the Balkans. Conception and setup of a multinational network, including the university of Belgrade, Kragujevac, Montenegro, Niš, Prishtina, Sarajevo, and Tirana.

12/2015–06/2018: Erasmus+ international: Application and management of joint projects in KA107 with the universities Belgrade, Kragujevac, Montenegro, Niš, Prishtina, Sarajevo, and Tirana (230 mobilities, 570.000 €).

04/2015–12/2016 Bilateral Project: „Constructing Narratives: Towards a social Construction Grammar“. In cooperation with the Balkanological Institute of SANU. Funded by German DAAD and the Serbian Ministry of Education.

04/2015–04/2017: Programme Humboldt Senior Advisor. Promotion of early career researchers. Funded by the German Excellence Initiative.

07/2013–07/2015: Project „Developing a tool for output-oriented planning of curricula“.

Funded by HU Berlin.

04/2013–12/2013: Project „Constructing Equivalence: Grammatical Categories between languages“. Funded by HU Berlin.

2011–2013: Project „A Spoken Corpus of Serbian in Hungary“ In collaboration with the Serbian Institute, Budapest.

2012: Guest research at the Graduate College "Frequency Effects in Language“ at FRIAS Freiburg.

2011–2015: PhD scholarship by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

2008–2010: Scholarship by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

2006–2007: Scholarship by German DAAD

2006–2007: Scholarship from the Serbian Ministery of Education

Research interests

Contact linguistics, bilingualism

Grammatical Theory, Construction Grammar, Cognitive Linguistics

Text linguistics, Narrative Theory


Corpus linguistics


Presentations (selection)

05/2017: A usage-based approach to „language“ in code-switching. Presentation at the International Symposium of Bilingualism. Limerick, 11–15. 6. 2017.

05/2017: Construction Grammar and Bilingual Speech: A Model for Synchronic Language Contact. Presentation at PLIN Linguistic Day 2017 – Université catholique de Louvain, 12. 5. 2017.

09/2015: Konstrukciona gramatika na delu: Kontaktna lingvistika. Invited presentation at the Balkanological Institut SANU. Belgrade, 22. 9. 2015.

10/2014: On Imitation in Adult Bilinguals. Presentation at the Vierte Internationalen Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kognitive Linguistik. Erlangen, 30. 9. – 2. 10. 2014.

09/2014: On imitation as a global strategy in bilinguals. Presentation at the 47. Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Poznań, 11–14. 9. 2014.

07/2014: Towards a Bilingual Construction Grammar: On Schematic Constructions as Matrix in Mixed Sentences. Presentation at the 5. UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Lancaster, 29–31. 7. 2014.

02/2014: Continua in contact: construction grammar and bilingual speech. Presentation at the 13. Annual Meeting of the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association, Harvard University, 1517. 2. 2014.

09/2013: Towards a construction grammar account for bilingual language use. Presentation at the 46. Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Split, 1821. 9. 2013.

09/2013: Linguistic units as complex signs: consequences for bilingual sentence processing. Presentation at the 44. Poznań Linguistic Meeting. Poznań, 29. 8. 1. 9. 2013.

12/2012: Језик без правила: конструкциона граматика и билингвизам. Presentation at the conference Српски језик у мађарској: Стање и перспективе лингвистичких истраживања. Budapest, 14./15. Dezember 2012.

10/2012: How Construction Grammar Can Explain Bilingual Language Use: Evidence From Serbian-Hungarian Code-Switching. Presentation at the Fünfte Internationalen Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kognitive Linguistik, Universität Freiburg, 1012. 10. 2012.

06/2012: Vybor slov ili konstrukcij? Dannye iz oblasti korpusnogo analiza duvjazyčnoj reči. Presentation at the 5. Meždunarodnaja konferencija po kognitivnoj nauke [The fifth international conference on cognitive science], Kaliningrad, 1923. 6. 2012.

03/2012: Switching Constructions – a constructionist approach to bilingual language production. Presentation at the 35. International LAUDSymposium, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Landau i.D. Pfalz, 2629. 3. 2012.

Publications (selection)

Wasserscheidt, Philipp (to appear): From Matrix Language to Matrix Construction: An alternative approach to codeswitching. [Linguistic Sciences]

Wasserscheidt, Philipp (2016): Construction Grammar and Code-Mixing. In: Robinson, Justyna; Reif, Monika (Hg.): Cognition, culture and codes: Current perspectives on multilingualism. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Wasserscheidt, Philipp (2016): Bilinguales Sprechen. Ein konstruktionsgrammatischer Ansatz. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin Universitätsbibliothek.

Wasserscheidt, Philipp (2014): Constructions do not cross Languages: On cross-linguistic generalizations of constructions. In: Hilpert, Martin and Jan-Ola Östman (Hg.): Reflections on Constructions across Grammars [= Constructions & Frames 6:2]. S. 305


Wasserscheidt, Philipp (2010): Mehrsprachigkeit und Sprachwandel bei Ungarischsprechern im serbischen Banat. In: Voss, Christian (Hrsg.): Habsburg vs.

Ottoman legacy in the Balkans: Language and religion to the north and to the south of the Danube. Berlin. S. 197246.

Teaching (selection)

2016/17: SE: “Language as Culture” (B.A.)

2016: SE: “Text linguistics” (M.A.)

2015/16: SE: “The slavic Berlin: History and Present of Language and Settlement” (B.A.)

2015: SE: “Aquiring and using linguistic knowledge: Concstruction Grammar” (B.A.)

2013: SE: “Multilingualism and Linguistic Structures” (B.A.); SE: “Constructing equivalence” (B.A.)

2011: SE: “Introduction into Cognitive Linguistics” (B.A.)

20112017: GK Introduction into south slavic linguistics (B.A.)

Language skills

German: Native speaker

Russian: C2

English, Hungarian, BCMS: C1

Roumanian: B1

Polish, Ukrainian: A2

Basic knowledge of Upper Sorbian, Bulgarian, and Albanian