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English educator

Gerhard Wolfgang Leitner, German English educator. Grantee German Research Foundation, 1984, 88, 90, British Council, 1975, 87, Fulbright Commission, 1986, German Academy Exchange Service, 1992, Volkswagen Foundation, 1978-1981, Stiftung für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, 1978-1981, Goethe Institute, 1989, 91, Alexander Humboldt Foundation, 2002.


Leitner, Gerhard Wolfgang was born on November 5, 1944 in Nürnberg, Germany. Son of Leonhard and Irmgard (Arndt) Leitner.


Master of Arts, University Hamburg, Federal Republic Germany, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University Hamburg, Federal Republic Germany, 1973. Habilitation, University Hannover, Federal Republic Germany, 1978.


Assistant lecturer University Hannover, 1973-1980. Professor Free University, Berlin, since 1980. Guest professor University Potsdam, since 1990.

Visiting professor Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 1992. Research professor Monash University, 1995-1996, Edith Cowan University, Perth, since 2003. Convenor of conferences in field.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Gesprächsanalyse und Runfunkkommmuikation. Die Stuktur Englischer Phone-ins, 1983, British Broadcasting Corporation English and Englisch lernen mit der British Broadcasting Corporation, 1989. Editor: The English Reference Grammar.

      Language and Linguistics, Writers and Readers, 1986, Perspectives on Traditional Grammars of English, 1990, New Directions in English Language Corpora, 1992. Co-editor: Reference Grammars and Modern Linguistic Theory, 1989, Indian English Corpus, 2001, Australian Studies: A Topic in Teaching Education?, 2000. Editor (newsletter) German Association Australian Studies.

      Contributor over 80 articles to professional journals.


Member German-British Association, International Computer Archive of Modern English (board directors 1991), Australian Institute Foundation Annual (secretary), Australian Research Council, Wilton Park Association (president German br.2001-), Philological Society, Henry Sweet Society.


  • Other Interests

    Jogging, swimming, mountain walking.


Children: Martin Patrick, Philip Orland, Maite Clara.

Leonhard Leitner

Irmgard (Arndt) Leitner

Martin Patrick Leitner

Philip Orland Leitner

Maite Clara Leitner