Univ. Prof. Dr. Herbert SCHENDL (retired)

Research Areas

English historical linguistics, especially:

  • sociohistorical linguistics 
  • medieval bilingualism and code-switching 
  • Old English syntax and lexicology 


  • English historical linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics

Selected Publications

  • Transfer in English studies. (Austrian Studies in English, 100) Vienna: Braumüller 2012 (co-ed. S. Coelsch-Foisner and M. Markus)
  • Code-switching in  early English. (Topics in English linguistics, 76) Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton 2011 (co-ed. L. Wright).
  • Rethinking Middle English. Linguistic and literary approaches. Frankfurt/Main: P. Lang. 2005 (co-ed. N. Ritt)
  • Historical linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001.
  • "Multilingualism, code-switching and language contact in historical sociolinguistics." In: J.M. Hernández-Campoy and J.C. Conde-Silvestre (eds.), The handbook of historical sociolinguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2012, 520-533.
  • "Language contact in Middle English." In: A. Bergs and L. Brinton (eds.), Historical linguistics of English, vol. 1 (HSK - Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft), Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton 2012, 505-519.
  • "Literacy, multilingualism and code-switching in early English written texts." In: M. Sebba, S. Mahootian and C. Jonsson (eds.), Language mixing and code-switching in writing: approaches to mixed-language written discourse. London: Routledge 2012, 27-43.
  • "Beyond boundaries: code-switching in the leases of  Oswald of Worcester." In: H. Schendl and L. Wright (eds.), Code-switching in early English. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton 2011, 47-94.
  • “Mixed language texts as data and evidence in English historical linguistics”. In: D. Minkova  and R. Stockwell (eds.), Studies in the history of the English language. A millennial perspective. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2002, 51-78.
  • “Morphological variation and change in Early Modern English: my/mine, thy/thine“. In: R. Hickey and S. Puppel (eds.), Language history and linguistic modelling. A festschrift for Jacek Fisiak on his 60th birthday. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter 1997, 179-191.
  • “The 3rd plural present indicative in Early Modern English - variation and linguistic contact“. In: D. Britton (ed.), English historical linguistics 1994. Papers from the 8th international conference on English historical linguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins 1996, 143-160.
  • “A valency description of Old English possessive verbs“. In: M. Rissanen et al. (eds.), History of Englishes: new methods and interpretations in historical linguistics. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter 1992, 418-436.

Complete list of publications


  • 1971: Dr. phil. (Ph.D.) in English language, University of Vienna
  • 1971-1974: Research assistant and lecturer in English, Economics University, Vienna
  • 1974-1985: Research assistant and lecturer, Department of English, University of Vienna
  • 1985: ‘Habilitation’ in English linguistics, University of Vienna
  • 1986-2007: Professor of English linguistics, University of Vienna
  • 1992-1996, 2006-2007: Chair, Department of English and American Studies
  • 1998-2000: Chair (‘Fakultätsvorsitzender‘), Faculty of Humanities
  • 2003-2006: Member of Senate, University of Vienna
  • 2006-2012: Member, Arbitration Commission, University of Vienna