Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Prof. Dr. Sam Featherston

English Department
Wilhelmstraße 50
72074 Tübingen

Office: Brechtbau 470
Tel: +(49) (0) 7071 29-72377
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Research areas: Psycholinguistics, syntax, syntax/processing boundary phenomena, sentence-level structures, grammar architectures, experimental syntax

Classes winter term 2022

  • HS/OS: Binding: theory and practice, Wednesday 8-10
  • KO: Topics for candidates, Thursday 10-12
  • PS/Ü: Testing the bound of Universal Grammar: the structure of Swahili, Thursday 8-10
  • PS/Ü: Clause Structure in German and English, Tuesday 8-10
  • KO: Exam preparation, compact course in March 2022

Associated classes winter 2022

  • Clause Structure tutorial, taught by Michelle Zientek
  • HS Binding syntax revision tutorial, taught by Hannah Gerbrich, Friday 10:15

Equal Opportunities: I am currently Equal Opportunities Representative (Gleichstellungsbeauftragter) of the School of Modern Languages (Fachbereich Neuphilologie) and Deputy Equal Opportunities Representative in the Faculty of Humanities (Philosophische Fakultät). Please come and see me or drop me an e-mail if you would like my help, advice, or information on an equal opportunities issue.  I will do my best to help.

Frequently asked questions: It's sensible to read these answers before sending me an e-mail.

Publications: You can look at some publications.

Office hours in term time: Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00.  Or send me an e-mail.  If you want to phone, arrange it by e-mail first.

Office hours out of term time: normally, Tuesday 10:00, but not every week, the dates appear here.  Or you can send me an e-mail.

CV: I don't like long introductions to speakers; I don't actually think anybody likes them. They are deeply embarrassing and unbearably sycophantic. I am happiest if you just say "Here is Sam Featherston from Tübingen to talk to you about X."

Other interests: My family, politics, running, walking, punting on the Neckar, mountains, travel, my bike, anything active outdoors, pizza, discussion, languages, curry, France, Italy, Africa, Europe, dark chocolate, economics, architecture, feminism, Britten, Mahler, London and Paris - for their glorious ethnic and cultural diversity, T.S. Eliot, George Eliot, deep dark red wine, the Wife of Bath, Michael Nyman, blackberry and apple crumble, Tübingen old town, hawthorn blossom, bluebell woods, limestone landscapes, the Atlantic coasts of Britanny and Devon/Cornwall, mountain huts, the political sanity of Germany compared to Britain, cheese fondue, nice goats, Cox's apples, tangy orange marmalade, south German potato salad, espresso in Italy, the civilized atmosphere of Kusterdingen, Italian ice cream, street markets in Palermo, Genoa, and Napoli, the seafood Marché des Lices in Rennes, cornish pasties, the gothic cathedrals of France, my job, Tracey Enim, conceptual art, Comté cheese, Käsespätzle, Italian Renaissance architecture, working at an exzellente Uni, the Queyras national park, cats, running around barefoot in shorts and a tee-shirt all summer long, the Gulf of Kotor and the Montenegran karst landscapes, Serbian pasulj, the Anti-Atlas in Morocco,  ...