Dr. Uwe-A. Küttner

Lecturer and postdoctoral researcher


Dept. of English and American Studies
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 1.13
14469 Potsdam, Germany


... by appointment via e-mail

Dr. Küttner will be leaving university and
thus will only be available for
consultation until 14 August.

Dr. Uwe-A. Küttner

Curriculum Vitae

I did my post-graduate studies in Linguistics of Communication (M.A. Kommunikationslinguistik) in combination with English linguistics at the University of Potsdam, from where I graduated in 2010. Since then, I have been working as a lecturer at the chair Present-Day English Language and Linguistics.  I obtained my doctoral degree in English Linguistics in 2016 and continue to work for the chair as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher. I have a strong background in Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics.

A more comprehensive academic CV (including a list of talks and publications) can be found here.


Broadly put, my research centers on the analysis of social interaction (preferably in mundane settings) and language use in social interaction. With respect to the latter, I am particularly interested in participants’ use of the lexico-syntactic and prosodic resources of English in everyday talk-in-interaction. My doctoral thesis deals with precisely these issues and is entitled "That-Initial Turns in English Conversation - An Interactional Linguistic Investigation of Two Formats for Designedly Tying a Current Turn to a Prior".  In general, I use methods and models from the following disciplines:

  • Conversation Analysis
  • Interactional Linguistics
  • Phonetics for Conversation

I am also interested in exploring possibilities for integrating the foregoing with usage-based approaches to grammar in general, and (usage-based) construction grammar in particular.
Beyond that, I am continuously trying to broaden my horizon in the following fields (in alphabetical order): Discursive Psychology, Ethnomethodology, Pragmatics, The Philosophy of Language, Social Phenomenology, and The Sociology of Knowledge.



My teaching revolves around the structure and use of the English language, with a focus on its structure-in-use. I have taught and continue to teach undergraduate as well as post-graduate courses in the following domains:

  • Phonetics, Phonology, Prosody
  • Syntax/Lexico-syntax, Morphology
  • Semantics, Pragmatics
  • Text Linguistics, Discourse Analysis
  • Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics