The program aims at training experts who have general knowledge in the most important fields of German linguistics, can follow the academic discussion on their own, and can achieve new scientific results in at least one of these areas. They publish regularly in German, and present their research results at conferences.

One of the most important goals of the program is to show how theoretical knowledge can be used in empirical research. Through the training students can learn to broaden their knowledge through intra- (e.g. historical) and interlingual contrastive analyses.


Language of instruction: German

8 semesters – total credits: 240

1. Obligatory requirements (200 credits)

a) Research

1. research leading to the dissertation, total of 170 credits, as follows: 10 each in semesters 1 and 2, and 25 in the semesters 3 through 8.

Research leading to the dissertation, as specified by the dissertation advisor.

The research requirement involves completion of a research report in each of the first two semesters of coursework, to be accepted by the dissertation advisor, and the completion of a publishable paper in each of the semesters 3 through 6.

In semesters 7 and 8, completed chapters of the dissertation are to be handed in and an oral presentation based on them to be given for the successful fulfillment of the research credits.

b) Obligatory courses: 6 (contact hours: 2 hours weekly, 5 credits per course, total of 30 credits)

Semester 1:

1. Contrastive studies of German and Hungarian (Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné, Bernadett Modrián-Horváth)

Semester 1–2:

Five of the following:

1. Syntax (Péter Kappel, Bernadett Modrián-Horváth)

2. Morphology (György Scheibl)

3. Lexikology, lexicography (Tamás Kispál)

4. Textlinguistics (Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné)

5. Historical linguistics (Péter Kappel, Orsolya Rauzs)

6. Cognitive linguistics (András Kertész, Bernadett Modrián-Horváth)

7. Pragmatics (Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné, Bernadett Modrián-Horváth)

8. Semantics (György Scheibl)

9. Dialectology (guest teacher)

10. Phonetics, phonology (Andreas Nolda)

2. Optional requirements (total of 40 credits, 20 of them to be completed in semesters 1–4 and 20 in semesters 5–8, fulfilled in any combination of the five categories of requirements below)

a) Optional courses (from other programs within the Doctoral School of Linguistics): 4 credits each (a maximum of one per semester, to be taken with the approval of the program director and dissertation advisor)

b) Directed study (with dissertation advisor) (4 credits per semester)

c) Conference presentations (individually authored or co-authored presentation or poster presentation listed in the conference program)

poster presentation in Hungarian: 1 credit

poster presentation in a foreign language: 2 credits

oral conference presentation in Hungarian: 4 credits

oral conference presentation in a foreign language: 5 credits

d) Publications

publication in Hungarian: 4 credits

publication in foreign language: 5 credits

d) Teaching (one one-hour seminar course of 14 weeks: 2 credits; a maximum of 8 credits per semester, and a total of 48 credits as per University of Szeged Regulations of Doctoral Studies and Conferring the Doctoral Degree).


Phonetics, phonology



Lexicology, lexicography

Text linguistics

Historical linguistics



Contrastive linguistics


Vilmos Ágel (University of Kassel)
Péter Bassola (University of Szeged)

Péter Kappel (University of Szeged)

András Kertész (University of Debrecen)

Tamás Kispál (University of Göttingen)

Bernadett Modrián-Horváth (University of Szeged)

Andreas Nolda (University of Szeged)

Orsolya Rauzs (Univeristy of Szeged)

György Scheibl (University of Szeged)

Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné (University of Szeged)

Gisela Zifonun (University of Mannheim / Institut für Deutsche Sprache)



Link to the journals advised by the Doctoral School of Linguistics to publish in:


1: Valency

1.a: German – Hungarian noun valency
1.b: Theory and practice of valency

2: History of German

2.a: The development of Modern High German
2.b: Modern High German (in Hungary)

3: Contrastive linguistics, typology

4: Morphology

5: Semantics

6: Text linguistics

7: Pragmatics

Research topics and supervisors

Vilmos Ágel:
Grammar of Modern High German and Contemporary German

Grammatical changes

Relationship between written and spoken language in Modern High German and Contemporary German

Dependency grammar – Valency theory

Grammar of literature

Grammar of the noun group

Péter Bassola:
History of German

Grammar of Contemporary German

Contrastive analyses

Language typology

András Kertész:

Theoretical and German linguistics

Tamás Kispál:


Cognitive linguistics

Lexical semantics



Text linguistics

Bernadett Modrián-Horváth:

Functional and empirical contrastive analysis of German and Hungarian grammatical structures

Andreas Nolda:

General linguistics and German linguistics: lexicology, phonology, study of writing, morphology, syntax, semantics

Primarily: word formation, flexion, numerals, prepositions, postpositions

Orsolya Rauzs:

Negation in the history of German
Translation studies
Analysis of errors made by learners of German

György Scheibl:

Morphology: description of the German language, German grammar in typological approach

Contrastive linguistics (German, Hungarian, English, French, Russian, Latin, Spanish, Arabic)

Language typology

Semantics: ambiguity of noun groups in plural

Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné:

Text linguistics

Text grammar



Conversation analysis

Contrastive textology

Contrastive analysis of discourse

Gisela Zifonun:

German grammar


Language typology

Contrastive linguistics

Language theory


Ph.D. students can use the university library as well as have their own shared office with computers.


- MA degree and German language proficiency (C1 according to CEFR)

- Apart from speaking German on level C1, candidates have to 

understand written and spoken English.

- Candidates have to submit a linguistics-related paper in German or a 

max. 20-page long part of their MA thesis at least 2 weeks before the 

entrance exam. A 2-page long research proposal is also to be submitted 

with the application materials.

- In the entrance exam, candidates should be able to talk about an 

introduction to linguistics and a grammar of German from the following 


Heinz Vater: Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft. 2. Auflage, Fink 

Verlag, München, 1997.

Wolfgang Fleischer / Gerhard Helbig / Gotthard Lerchner (Hrsg.): 

Kleine Enzyklopädie DEUTSCHE SPRACHE. Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 

Berlin etc. 2001.

Rolf Bergmann / Peter Pauly / Stefanie Stricker: Einführung in die 

deutsche Sprachwissenschaft. 5. Auflage, Winter Verlag, Heidelberg, 


Angelika Linke / Markus Nussbaumer / Paul R. Portmann: Studienbuch 

Linguistik. 5. Auflage, de Gruyter Verlag, Berlin/Boston, 2004.

Jörg Meibauer et al.: Einführung in die germanistische Linguistik. 3., 

überarb. und akt. Auflage.  Metzler, Stuttgart/Weimar, 2015.

Ulrich Engel: Deutsche Grammatik - Neubearbeitung. Iudicium Verlag, 

München, 2004.

Peter Eisenberg: Grundriss der deutschen Grammatik. Das Wort. 4. 

Auflage. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, Weimar, 2013.

Peter Eisenberg: Grundriss der deutschen Grammatik. Der Satz. 4. 

Auflage; Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, Weimar 2013.

DUDEN 4. Die Grammatik. 8. Auflage. Duden Verlag, Mannheim, Wien, 

Zürich, 2009.

Ludger Hoffmann: Deutsche Grammatik. Grundlagen für Lehrerausbildung, 

Schule, Deutsch als Zweitsprache und Deutsch als Fremdsprache. 3., neu 

bearbeitete und erweiterte Auflage. Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin, 2016.

- In the exam, candidates should be able to account for their research 

projects, knowledge in linguistics, and language fluency in German.


György Scheibl (supervisor: Márta Maleczki), 2005. Current position: associate professor and leader of the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged

János Németh (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2008. Current position: freelance researcher

Attila Németh (supervisor: Csaba Földes), 2009. Current position: professor at the College of Linz

Tamás Kispál (supervisor: András Kertész), 2010. Current position: language teacher at the Department of Intercultural German Studies of the University of Göttingen

Rozália Hum (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2010. Teacher, freelance researcher. She passed away in 2019.

Dániel Czicza (supervisor: Vilmos Ágel), 2011. Current position: research fellow at the Leibniz University of Hannover

Gabriella Gárgyán (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2011. Current position: teacher at the High School of the University of Szeged

Orsolya Rauzs (supervisor: Vilmos Ágel), 2016. Current position: senior lecturer at the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged

Péter Kappel (supervisor: Vilmos Ágel), 2017. Current position: senior lecturer at the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged

Ágnes Sántáné Túri (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2021. Current position: senior lecturer at the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged

Other Ph.D. graduates

Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 1998. Former Humboldt research fellow. Teacher and supervisor in the doctoral program, leader of the   Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged, 2009-2020.

Eszter Gombocz, 2001. Current position: lecturer at the János Wesley College (Budapest)

Ph.D. graduates of other universities with supervisors from the University of Szeged

Krisztina Molnár (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2007 (University of Pécs). Former Humboldt research fellow at the IdS Mannheim. Current position: associate professor at the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Pécs 


Programme director: Prof. em. Péter Bassola

Department of German Linguistics

H-6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2. Hungary

Phone: +36-62-544-504

Fax: +36-62-544-249

E-mail: bassola at


Coordinator: Péter Kappel