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Theses (Abschlussarbeiten)


  • Zulassungsarbeit (Lehramt ): 12.000 - 16.000 words
  • Bachelor Thesis: 12.000 - 16.000 words
  • Master Thesis: 25.000 - 30.000 words


Layout & Style:

  • based on the style sheet for seminar papers (cf. above)



  • a reasonable research question or hypothesis
  • combination of theory and application, i.e. working with data & conducting at least some linguistic analyses of your own
  • written in English


Examples of previously accepted topics:

  • Lexical Change in Present-day English: A case study of the IT lexicon
  • International Communication: English as Lingua Franca versus artificial languages
  • Middle English Phraseology: Native Developments and Foreign Influences
  • Humour in advertising: A comparison of British and German TV ads
  • Metaphors in Political Speech
  • Idioms in Second-Language Learning
  • Plus: from mathematical operator to conjunction

State Exams