Universität Bonn

Uni Bonn - LETS

Linguistics of English and Translation Studies (LETS)

The aim of English linguistics is to advance our understanding of how the English language works. We analyse the underlying system and subsystems (e. g. lexicon, syntax) of the language and how speakers use the resources the language system offers in actual discourse. More specific topics that we focus on include language variation and change, English-German contrasts, and language acquisition. In research and teaching, we use an array of methods (e.g. psycholinguistic experiments) and resources (e.g. corpora).

Prof. Dr Svenja Kranich accepted the Chair of English Linguistics at the University of Bonn in October 2016. Due to her research interest in different aspects of translation, the chair is now called Linguistics of English and Translation Studies - LETS!

Research projects

The LETS team is leading different research projects or is involved in them. Here you can find an overview of the projects.


We frequently hold events such as workshops, conferences, or studies coordination events for pupils and interested students. 

Master programme

Find more information our MA "Applied Linguistics" in cooperation with the BAEL team. 


English linguistics in Bonn is made up of two different chairs and teams. The BAEL team is complementary to the LETS team.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Thomas Esser

Get to know the team!

From left to right: Lara Putensen, B.A.; Nadya Izzaamiouine, M.A.;  Lisa-Christine Altendorf, M.A.; Hanna Bruns, M.A.; Thomas Esser; Prof. Dr. Svenja Kranich

Events and News
Workshop “Democratisation, roles, and discourse”
Rabinstraße 8
Whole Day
This workshop aimed to explore the intricate relationship between language use, societal roles, and the processes of democratization in various contexts. The ...
12th Bonn Applied English Linguistics conference
University Forum (FIW), ...
Whole Day
The 12th iteration of the BAEL conference took place on Friday, July 7th, and Saturday, July 8th, 2023. The focus of this year’s conference was on ...
Poster Workshop
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In preparation for the upcoming BAELc12, we held a small poster workshop. This way, the students can start preparing their posters for the conference and get ...


Chair: Prof. Dr. Svenja Kranich


+49 228 / 73-52 76



2. Floor, Room 2.019
Rabinstraße 8
53115 Bonn


If you have questions about the classes, the team, the offers, or linguistics in general, feel free to contact the LETS Team. 


+49 228 / 73-52 76



2. Floor, Room 2.059
Rabinstraße 8
53115 Bonn

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