Prof.Dr. Hans Sauer

Biographical Sketch

1. Born 1946 in Ingolstadt/Danube (Bavaria, Germany); married; two children.

2. Primary and secondary school (Grundschule & Gymnasium = grammar school) in Ingolstadt 1952-1965.

3. National service 1965-1967.

4. Student (undergraduate and postgraduate) at the University of Munich 1967-1975; subjects: English, Latin, Medieval Latin, German; with two longer stays in England, namely:

5. German assistant teacher at grammar schools in Bolton/Lancashire 1969/70; German lector at Westfield College, University of London 1973/74.

6. State examination (Staatsexamen, prerequisite to become a teacher) in English and Latin 1972, in German 1980; doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) in English language and medieval English literature (main subject) 1976; habilitation (postdoctoral degree, Dr. phil. habil.) in English Philology 1986.

7. Assistant lecturer and lecturer at the English Department of the University of Munich 1975-1989.

8. Visiting lecturer or visiting professor at the universities of Eichstätt/Germany (1979/80, 1985/86); Innsbruck/Austria (1988, 2004); Lodz/Poland (several times since 1991); Palermo/Italy (1994); Ohio State University in Columbus/Ohio/USA (1995); Venice International University/Italy (1999); Brno/Czech Republic (several times since 2000), etc.; professor at the Wyzsza Szkola Zarzadzania Marketingowego I Jezykow Obcych W Katowicach in Katowice/Poland (2007-).

9. Associate professor at the University of Würzburg 1989-1993; full professor at the Technical University of Dresden 1993-1997; full professor at the University of Munich since 1997 (chair of English language and linguistics and medieval English literature).

10. Teaching: Since 1976, over 110 different courses (lectures, seminars etc.; many of them repeatedly) in the area of English language and linguistics and Medieval English literature. Supervisor of ca. 200 M.A. and equivalent theses (“Zulassungsarbeiten”) since 1989. For doctoral students, see below.

11. Organiser of numerous international exchange programmes since 1990, especially under the auspicies of Tempus, Erasmus, Socrates. Organisation of student and staff exchanges.

12. Involved in academic administration and self-government, e.g. Head of Department in Dresden 1993/94, in Munich 1998/99, 2002/03; member of the faculty council in Munich since 1997; dean of studies in the faculty of languages and literatures since 2007; member of numerous committees.

13. Participation in (a) the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Programme (originally: Projektforum Mittelalter; now: Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Renaissancestudien [ZMR]) and (b) the Doctoral Programme in Linguistics (LIPP) at Munich University since ca. 2000: Organisation of lecture series, seminars, colloquies etc. for these programmes.

14. Guest-lectures at numerous universities as well as papers and plenary lectures at many national and international conferences in Germany, Europe including Great Britain, North America (USA, Canada), Asia (Japan, Korea); lecture tour through Japan 2004 at the invitation of the JCPS (Japan Council for the Promotion of Science).

15. Organisation of several national and international conferences, e.g. Anglistentag Dresden 1996, Anglistentag Munich 2003 (i.e. German Anglicists’ meeting), ISAS (International Society of Anglo-Saxonists) Munich 2005, SEM (Studientag Englisches Mittelalter) Munich 2006, ICEHL (International Conference on English Historical Linguistics) Munich 2008. Also organization of sessions at national and international conferences, e.g. at the Anglistentag Aachen and Tübingen, at several of the Medieval Conferences at Kalamazoo/MI (USA) and at Leeds (GB).

16. Engagement in professional organisations, e.g. (1) ISAS (International Society of Anglo-Saxonists): member of the international advisory board 1992-95; vice-president 2002-2003; president 2004-2005; organization of the conference 2005. (2) RRC (Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research at the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, USA): member of the international advisory board since 1996. (3) Anglistentag (German Anglicists’ Organization): organisation of two conferences for the Anglistentag (Dresden1996, Munich 2003) as well as of two sections at conferences (Aachen 2004, Tübingen 2008); papers at two conferences (Düsseldorf 1991, Mainz 1999). (4) IAUPE (International Association of University Professors of English): Organisation of the medieval symposium in Munich and of the Middle English section at Vancouver; papers at the medieval symposium  at Durham and at Vancouver. (5) For membership of editorial boards, see above.

17. Research interests: critical and annotated editions of Old and Middle English texts; English word-formation and its history; Medieval English plant names; the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary; Beowulf and Beowulf-translations; varieties of English (advertising language; Black English = African-American Vernacular English; pidgin and creole languages); history of linguistics and of English philology; history of Old English studies.

Doctoral Students

Doctoral dissertations completed

  • Mertens, Andre: “Old English Lives of St Martin of Tours: Introduction, Edition and Commentary”; completed 2016.
  • Huber, Sophia: “African American Vernacular English as a Literary Dialect: A Linguistic Approach”; completed 2016.
  • Kubaschewski, Elisabeth: “William Caxton’s Ovid: A Critical Edition of Book VI, including its Middle French Source Text and a Linguistic Analysis”; completed 2015; to be published: MET 54 (Heidelberg: Winter, 2017).
  • Traidl, Veronika: Telling Tales about Beowulf: The Poem and the Films; completed 2014; published: English and Beyond 4 (Munich: Utz, 2016).
  • Sutor, Maria: “Non-native Speech in English Literature”; completed 2013 (LMU); published: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften 51; now also: English and Beyond 3 (Munich: Herbert Utz, 2015).
  • Kirner-Ludwig, Monika: “Heathens, pagans, misbelievers: A lexico-semantic field study and its historio-pragmatic reflections in texts from the English Middle Ages”; completed 2013 (LMU); published: Britannica et Americana 3. Folge, Band 31 (Heidelberg: Winter, 2015).
  • Aschenbrenner, Anne: Adjectives as nouns, mainly as attested in ‘Boethius’ translations from Old to Modern English and in Modern German: completed 2013 (LMU); published: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften 47; now also: English and Beyond 1 (Munich: Herbert Utz, 2014).
  • Kaita, Kousuke: Modal Auxiliaries from Late Old to Early Middle English, with special reference to ‘agan’, ‘sculan’, and ‘motan’: completed 2012 (LMU; co-supervisor: Prof. Michiko Ogura, Tokyo); published: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften 48; now also: English and Beyond 2 (Munich: Herbert Utz, 2014). Has been awarded the Matsunami Prize of The Japan Society for Medieval English Studies (JSMES) for 2015.
  • Gärtner, Susanne: “Dialogues with the Old English Soliloquies”; completed 2012.
  • Krischke, Ulrike: “The Old English Complex Plant Names: A Linguistic Survey and a Catalogue”; completed 2010 (LMU); published: TUEPh 39 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013).
  • Lamb, Claudia: Die Authorized Version of the Bible (1611) und ihre Sprache: completed 2010 (LMU); published: AF 435 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013). [The language of the Authorized Version of the Bible = King James Bible, 1611].
  • Mager, Wolfgang (editor): The Middle English Text of Caxton’s Ovid, Books II-III, … with a Parallel Text of The Ovide moralisé en prose II, …: completed 2009 (LMU); published: MET 53 (Heidelberg: Winter, 2016).
  • Galler, Matthias: ‘O Death, Thou Comest When I Had Thee Least in Mind!’: Der Umgang mit dem Tod in der mittelenglischen Literatur: completed 2006 (LMU); published: TUEPh 34 (Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2007) [The treatment of death in Middle English literature].
  • Heimerl, Christian (editor): The Middle English Version of William of Saliceto’s ‘Anatomia’ …with a Parallel Text of the Medieval Latin ‘Anatomia’: completed 2006 (LMU); published: MET 39 (Heidelberg: Winter, 2008).
  • Rumrich, Diana (editor): The Middle English Text of Caxton’s Ovid, Book I, …, with a Parallel Text of The Ovide moralisé en prose II,…: completed 2006 (LMU); published: MET 43 (Heidelberg: Winter, 2011).
  • Bauer, Renate: Adversus Judeos: Juden und Judentum im Spiegel alt- und mittelenglischer Texte: completed 2003 (LMU); published: TUEPh 29 (Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2003) [The image of the Jews in Old and Middle English literature].
  • Gieszinger, Sabine: The History of Advertising Language: The Advertisements in ‘The Times’ from 1788 to 1996: completed 2000 (TU Dresden); published: TUEPh 23 (Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2001).
  • Simmelbauer, Andrea: The Dialect of Northumberland: A Lexical Investigation: completed 1998 (TU Dresden); published: AF 275 (Heidelberg: Winter, 2000).
  • Piller, Ingrid: American Automobile Names: completed 1995 (TU Dresden); published: Dresdner Arbeiten zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik 2 (Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 1996).

Doctoral dissertations in progress

  • Shafii, Somayeh; "A Comparative Study of Attar's Conference of Birds and Middle English Poetry; especially The Owl and Nightingale, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and The Parliament of Fowls".
  • Hubner, Julia Sofia: “Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson and Their Use of Compounds”.
  • Schwan, Birgit: "The Battle of Maldon and its Modern Translations".
  • Sprau, Melanie: “Binomials in Sir Thomas Elyots The Book of the Governor”.
  • Konrad, Marie-Isabelle: “Der Wortschatz von A Fifteenth-Century List of the Names of Thousand Hunting Hounds”.

Supervisor of Habilitationsschriften (postdoctoral theses)

  • Waxenberger, Gaby: “Towards a Phonology of the Old English Runic Inscriptions and an Analysis of the Graphemes” (completed 2010).
  • Gwosdek, “Hedwig: Lily’s Grammar of Latin in English: An Introduction of the Eyght Partes of Speche, and the Construction of the Same, edited and introduced by Hedwig Gwosdek” (completed 2009; published 2013, Oxford University Press).
  • Lenker, Ursula: “Argument and Rhetoric: Adverbial Connectors in the History of English” (completed 2007; published 2010).
  • Also responsible for the “Habilitation” of: Gretsch, Mechthild and Jehle, Günter.