Prof. Dr. Marcus Müller


Below, you can find information about research areas and research projects of Prof. Marcus Müller.

Research interests

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Digital discourse analysis
  • Terminology research & academic discourse
  • Grammatical variation
  • Language and art

Current research projects

Digital discourse analysis

  • “Terminological Innovations in the Field of International Relations: Emergence and Diffusion” DFG-funded project 2023-2026. (with Jens Steffek, Political Science, TU Darmstadt – you can find a brief project description here
  • DFG-research group “Kontroverse Diskurse” (2022-2026). Sub-projects 2 “Mensch und Technologie” (with C. Spieß, Marburg) and 7 “Methodologie und Reflexion” and management of the corpus infrastructure of the research group. You can find more information here (in German).
  • “Three Centuries of a Darmstadt Newspaper” – Digitisation of the “Darmstädter Tagblatt” (1740-1986)" DFG-funded project 2019-2025 (with Thomas Stäcker, library director, ULB Darmstadt) – you can find a project description here (in GEPRIS).
  • Discourse Lab – digital teaching and research platform for discourse analysis as transcultural research, funded 2015-2017 in the scope of the DFG Excellence Initiative II, from 2018 internal funding. Co-PI: Dr Jörn Stegmeier.
  • Darmstadt Data and Discourse Cloud (d3c): Development of a digital teaching infrastructure for the MA programme Data and Discourse Studies, funded 2019-2020 by TU Darmstadt.
  • Dynamics of terminology in International Relations (with Jens Steffek, TU Darmstadt, and Hartmut Behr University of Newcastle, both political science): Interdisciplinary research on the development, transformation and migration of key concepts in International Relations. In this project we have built up the Darmstadt International Relations Corpus (DIReC), Access (after registering) here. The core ideas and aims of our collaboration are outlined in:
    • Marcus Müller, Hartmut Behr & Jens Steffek (2019): The discursive formation of key terms in International Relations. . In: Øivin Andersen, Klaus Schubert & Ingrid Simonnæs (eds.): New Challenges for Research on Language for Special Purposes. Berlin: Frank & Timme, 105-120.
    • Jens Steffek, Marcus Müller & Hartmut Behr (2020): Terminological Entrepreneurs and Discursive Shifts in International Relations: How a Discipline Invented the “International Regime”. In: International Studies Review. Link

Language corpora

  • Darmstadt International Relations Corpus (DIReC) – with Jens Steffek (TU Darmstadt). Access (after registering) here
  • Plenary minutes of the German Bundestag 1949-2021, linguistically annotated version (with Jörn Stegmeier). Access (after registering) here
  • “Deutscher Novellenschatz” (Thomas Weitin, Darmstadt), linguistically annotated version (with Jörn Stegmeier). Access (after registering) here
  • Development of a project corpus on the concept of risk in recent German linguistic history – with Jens O. Zinn (Melbourne), funded by the University of Melbourne.
  • Various project corpora for discourse analysis (for example on climate change, the vaccination discourse, populism) – with Ekkehard Felder (Heidelberg) and Jörn Stegmeier (TU Darmstadt)

Research Network “Language and Knowledge” – Knowledge domain “Art – Art Business – Art History” (Sprache und Wissen“ -- Wissensdomäne „Kunst -- Kunstbetrieb -- Kunstgeschichte): (in cooperation with Andreas Gardt, Kassel, and Heiko Hausendorf, Zurich)

Completed research projects

  • Corpus-based analysis of heuristic textual practices in the sciences – with Michael Bender (TU Darmstadt) & Maria Becker (University of Heidelberg). (Internal Funding). Documented in:
    • Maria Becker, Michael Bender & Marcus Müller (2020): Classifying Heuristic Textual Practices in Academic Discourse: A Deep Learning Approach to Pragmatics. In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (4)2020, pp. 426–460.
    • Michael Bender & Marcus Müller (2020): Heuristische Textpraktiken. Eine kollaborative Annotationsstudie zum akademischen Diskurs. In: Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik (ZGL) 48/02, S. 1-46.
  • Changing Climates: a cross-country comparative analysis of discourses around climate change in the news media (in Cooperation with theCentre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences, Lancaster). Funding: British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Documented in:
    Dayrell, Carmen & John Urry (2015): Mediating climate politics: The surprising case of Brazil. In: European Journal of Social Theory 2015, Vol. 18(3), 257–273.
    Dayrell, Carmen (2019): Discourses around climate change in Brazilian newspapers: 2003-2013. Discourse and Communication, 13(2), 149-171.
    Dayrell, Carmen, Urry John & Tony McEnery (2016): Changing Climates. Part I: Britain. CASS-Briefings 12. The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University, UK. Online unter: [letzter Zugriff: 09.01.2020]
    Stegmeier, Jörn, Wolf J. Schünemann, Marcus Müller, Maria Becker, Stefan Steiger & Sebastian Stier (2018): Multi-method discourse analysis of twitter communication. A comparison of two global political issues. In: Ronny Scholz (ed.): Quantifying methods in discourse studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
    Müller, Marcus & Jörn Stegmeier (2019): Investigating risk, uncertainty and normativity within the framework of Digital Discourse Analysis. The example of future technologies in climate change discourse. In: Anna Olofsson & Jens O. Zinn (eds.): Researching risk and uncertainty – methodologies, methods and research strategies. Basingstroke: Palgrave, 309-335.
  • Linguistic role behavior: Corpus-pragmatic studies on divergent contextualisations in oral and written language use (habilitation project). Documented in:
    Marcus Müller 2015: Sprachliches Rollenverhalten: Korpuspragmatische Studien zu divergenten Kontextualisierungen in Mündlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter (Sprache und Wissen).
  • Heidelberger Korpus, sub-corpus 'Bioethics'. Documented in:
    Ekkehard Felder, Marcus Müller & Friedemann Vogel (2010): Das Heidelberger Korpus: Gegenstand, Methoden und Zielsetzungen themenbezogener Korpora. In: Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik (ZGL) 38.2010, 314–319.
  • Language in art communication: Formation of collective identities in academic art literature (dissertation), strategies of perspective in art descriptions. Documented in:
    Heiko Hausendorf & Marcus Müller 2016: Handbuch Sprache in der Kunstkommunikation. [Handbuchreihe Sprachwissen]. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter. Marcus Müller & Sandra Kluwe 2012: Identitätsentwürfe in der Kunstkommunikation. Studien zur Praxis der sprachlichen und multimodalen Positionierung im Interaktionsraum ‚Kunst‘. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter.
    Marcus Müller 2009: La descrizione e il significato dell'immagine. In: Luca Bagetto, Roberto Salizzoni (Ed.), Immagine e scrittura. Roma: Casini,. 121-150.
    Marcus Müller 2007: Geschichte – Kunst – Nation. Die sprachliche Konstituierung einer 'deutschen' Kunstgeschichte aus diskursanalytischer Sicht. Berlin / New York: Walter de Gruyter. (Studia Linguistica Germanica).