Philipp Rauth

Lecturer · Assistant of head of department


Research interests

My main research interests are in the field of dialectal, non-standard and historical varieties of German. I am particularly interested in linguistic phenomena in which German dialects differ from standard German as well as their historical development from Old High German to contemporary German. Due to my teaching activities at Saarland University and my own background, I am currently working (amongst others) on the following phenomena of Rhine and Moselle Franconian:

  • New demonstrative pronoun das do / dat lo (Rauth & Speyer 2018,
    Rauth & Speyer einger.)
  • Fuctions of the discourse marker ei (manuscript 2019)
  • Semantic change of holen ‘fetch/get/retrieve’ (manuscript 2019)
  • Semantic change of nochmal ’again‘ (manuscript 2019)
  • Infinitive constructions with für…zu ‘for…to’
  • Functions of periphrastic gehen ‘to go’
  • Nominative-Accusative case syncretism


Ditransitive Konstruktionen im Deutschen. Geschichte und Steuerung der Objektabfolge im Mittelfeld

In my dissertation project, I investigate the relative order of full-DP objects in ditransitive constructions. The focus is on modern and historical dialects of German. Of particular interest are the influence of regionally different case syncretisms on the variability of objects alignment (Rauth 2016a), the underlying syntactic structure of ditransitive constructions (Rauth 2016b), and the diachronic development of the factors that influence objects alignment (Rauth 2018; Rauth 2020; Rauth i.E.).

The basis of the study is a corpus that – as far as possible – consists of oral, dialectical texts from four time periods of German:

NHG, NLG 57 dialectal prose texts 1.000 tokens
ENHG, MLG II selected texts from the “Bonner FnhdC”, transcripts of rural trials (“Weisthümer”) 1.000 tokens
MHG, MLG I “Prose-Lancelot”, “Sächsische Weltchronik”, “Mühlhäuser Reichrechtsbuch”, “Sachsenspiegel” 400 tokens
OHG, OS “Tatian”, “Heliand” 100 tokens