Dr. Sylvia Reuter

Curriculum Vitae

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • seit 1991 wiss. Mitarbeiterin in der Abteilung Engl. Sprachwissenschaft
  • 1981 Promotion auf dem Gebiet der englischen Textlinguistik
  • 1978-1991 Forschungsstudium u. wiss. Assistentin am Lehrstuhl für englische Sprachwissenschaft in Leipzig
  • 1974-1978 Studium (Englisch/Deutsch) an der Universität Leipzig mit Erwerb des Diploms in der engl. Sprachwissenschaft

Research interests and teaching profile

English Varieties

  • English for Science and Technology
  • Varieties of English
  • Medial Varieties
  • US-English
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Genderlect
  • African-American (Vernacular) English
  • English as a Global Language, incl. study trip Kenia 2006
  • Pidgin & Creole Englishes, incl. study trip Papua New Guinea 2006

History of the English Language

  • The Development of English Grammar Theories
  • The History of English English
  • From Old English to Present-Day Englishes
  • Old English
  • Middle English
  • The Sounds of Medieval English: phonological changes from OE to ME
  • Middle English Texts: The York Corpus Christi Plays; with "Culture Club"
  • Middle English Texts: Understanding, reading, and hearing Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • Early Modern English
  • "Edible Delights in English Language History": analysis of English recipes from Bald’s Leechbook to Jamie Oliver
  • The Story of English in Proverbs
  • Project "Sumer Is Icumen In", devoted to exploration of lyrics in English vocal music, with focus on  original pronunciation, from first performance of Beowulf composition by M. Durão, via Dowland to Handel and  others: 2010 background information on project "was & wie" and concert programme; photos of project's concert 12 July 2013 here; further information available (live recordings, concert booklet, supplementary book "Background and Transcription of Early English Vocal Music" )

Phonetics & Phonology

  • Phonetics and Phonology of RP
  • Phonetics and Phonology of RP for teacher students
  • Intonation
  • Acoustics in Contrastive Phonetics & Phonology, incl. Praat

In American Studies

  • Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics - with focus on US-English
  • Phonetics and Phonology of US-English
  • Dialects of US-English
  • Historical Roots of Present-Day US-English
  • Varieties of US-English


  • Computers in Language Teaching
  • Complex Analysis of Language Utterances
  • Diplomandenkolleg
  • Morphology and Syntax
  • Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics, for different courses of study


Research and teaching periods & students' study trips

  • 2019 SC and GA/USA
  • 2015 invited talks KSU/OH/USA
  • 2011 WI and MA/USA
  • 2006 students' excursion to Papua New Guinea, with talks:
    1) University of Papua New Guinea/ Dep. of Modern Languages and Linguistics in Port Moresby 17 Aug 2006 "How modern is American English?"
    2) Divine Word University/ Melanesian Studies in Madang 28 Aug 2006 "Pisin, Pijin, Kriol, Krio and so on - Pidgins and Creoles Worldwide"
  • 2006 students' excursion to Kenya, with talk at University of Nairobi/ Dep. of Linguistics and Languages 24 Febr 2006 "The Other in Contemporary US-English"
  • fall semester 2000 Visiting Scholar KSU/OH/USA
  • 1996, 1998 GB, Channel Islands, Scotland
  • 1993 CA/USA
  • fall semester 1989 Fulbright scholarship KSU/OH/USA
  • 1988 study trip GB

Funktionen und akademische Selbstverwaltung

  • Verantwortliche des Instituts für HZB-Prüfungen (2015-2019)
  • ehrenamtliche Fachgutachterin der A.-v.-Humboldt Stiftung
  • Mitglied im Wahlausschuss der Universität Leipzig 2012-2017
  • Praktikumsbeauftragte des Instituts 2006-2016
  • Gesamtredaktion u. Pflege Homepage des Instituts 2000-2011
  • Initiierung u. Wahrnehmung Mittelbau-Vertretung Inst.-leitung 1998-2004