Prof. Dr. phil. Elke Teich

Short CV


Elke Teich studied English linguistics (major), Slavic languages, informatics and machine translation (minors). She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Universität des Saarlandes, where she also obtained her qualification for professorship ("Habilitation"). She has done research in various areas of natural language processing (notably text and speech generation), in corpus linguistics and in the digital humanities. In the course of her academic career, she has worked at various research institutions and universities, both in Germany and abroad (Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD; now FhG); Information Sciences Institute (ISI)/USC, Los Angeles; Macquarie University, Sydney and University of Sydney, Australia). Before she joined Universität des Saarlandes in April 2010, she was a professor of English Linguistics and Computational Linguistics at Technische Universität Darmstadt.


Research interests

Elke Teich's research focusses on the corpus-based investigation of linguistic variation, both in contemporary language (synchronic variation) as well as historically (diachronic variation). She is especially interested in the evolution of scientific writing, including linguistic diversification according to scientific domains. In a current project called Registers in Contact (funded by DFG 2011-2014), the focus is on the development of new scientific registers from the 1960s/1970s to the early 2000s (e.g., computational linguistics, bioinformatics).  Informed by the experiences gained in her computational and linguistic work, Elke Teich has been engaged in activities advancing the use of language/text corpora and language technology in the philologies/humanities. In the current Clarin-D project (funded by BmBF 2011-2014), the goal is to implement a computational infrastructure supporting linguistic and text-analytic work.


Prof. Dr. phil. Elke Teich

Prof. Dr. phil. Elke Teich

Saarland University

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Computer Linguistics Department, Saarland University Cluster of Excellence