Mag. Dr. Lotte Sommerer
T: +43-1-4277-42402

Consultation hours: Monday 4pm-5pm
or by appointment

Summer term 2018
122047 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 - An extremely interesting seminar topic! - Investigating English noun phrases
122222 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper - Collocations, colligations & semi-specified constructions in English
Winter term 2017
122047 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 - Investigating variation and change in Present Day English syntax
122222 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper - Constructions all the way: Introduction to Cognitive Construction Grammar
128141 FS FS Research Seminar I - Noun Phrases in Use
Summer term 2017
122048 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 - BA (612) 6.1 - I am loving it! - investigating variation and change in Present Day English syntax
122226 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper - Introduction to Construction Grammar
Sommerer, L. (2016). Investigating the acquisition of perfective aspect in the German EFL classroom – a constructional sketch. in D. Lindner, R. Beer, S. Gabriel, & T. Krobath (Hrsg.), Dialog Forschung. Forschungsband 2015. : Schriften der Kirchlichen Pädagogischen Hochschule Wien/Krems, Band 12 (Band 12, S. 157-168). LIT Verlag.
Sommerer, L. (2015). The influence of constructions in grammaticalization: Revisiting category emergence and the development of the definite article in English. in J. Barðdal, E. Smirnova, L. Sommerer, & S. Gildea (Hrsg.), Diachronic Construction Grammar (Band 18, S. 107-138). (Constructional Approaches to Language; Band 18). John Benjamins Publishing Company. DOI: 10.1075/cal.18.04som
Sommerer, L. (2012). Analogical Transfer in Old English Syntax. Article emergence caused by pattern recognition and transfer. in Transfer in English Studies (Band Volume 100, S. 259-285). Wilhelm Braumüller Universitätsverlag.
Sommerer, L. (2012). Investigating article development in Old English: About categorization, gradualness and constructions. Folia Linguistica Historica, 33, 175-213.
Illes, T., Sommerer, L., Lutzky, U., & Ritt, N. (2010). Historical linguistics in modern English Studies curricula: the Viennese approach. VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers, 19(4), 52-65.
Kazmierski, K., Ritt, N., Sommerer, L., Illes, T., & Lutzky, U. (Hrsg.) (2010). HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS IN THE MODERN PHILOLOGIES. (VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers). Unknown publisher.
Sommerer, L. (2008). Noun phrase typology and the emergence of the definite article: analogy, accommodation and frequency effects. VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers, 17(1), 63-91.
Sommerer, L. (2006). Language Acquisition revisited - a network based approach. VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers, 15(1), 25-57.


Lotte Sommerer studied English at the University of Vienna. In 2003/04, she was awarded a Joint Study Scholarship and spent a year at the University of Toronto, Canada. Afterwards, she completed her MA in 2005.

From February 2006 to April 2013, Lotte Sommerer was working as a pre-doc at the English department in the field of English historical linguistics (NatSide research team/ Prof.Dr. Nikolaus Ritt). From 2008 to 2010, she additionally taught at the University of Applied Science, bfi (HR Management). In 2011, she defended her Phd thesis (supervisors Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Ritt/Prof. Dr. Olga Fischer) on nominal determination and category emergence in Old English.

From 2013 to 2016, Lotte Sommerer was working as a senior lecturer at the University College of Teacher Education Wien/Krems (KPH Wien/Krems) teaching English linguistics. Since September 2016, Lotte Sommerer has returned to the University of Vienna as a post-doc researcher. She is currently a member of the FunCog research team (Prof.Dr. Evelien Keizer) at the English Department and works on morphosyntactic variation and change in contemporary English syntax. She subscribes to a usage-based constructional model of grammar.


Linguistics Seminar/BA Paper - Introduction to Construction Grammar
MA Research Seminar - Noun phrase in Use
VO - Language Analysis Lecture
AG - Debating Linguistic Controversies
PS 2 - Variation and Change in Present Day English Syntax
PS 2 - Lexicalization and Grammaticalization
PS 2 - Mechanisms of Language Change

Research Interests

Morphosyntactic Variation and Change
Theoretical modelling of Grammar
(Diachronic) Construction Grammar
Nominal determination
Gradience, Categorization & Constructionalization
Grammaticalization & Lexicalization
Lexicon-Grammar InterfaceCognitive Linguistics
First Language Acquisition
Evolution of Language

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

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