Dieter A. Stein is a professor emeritus of English Language and Linguistics at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf in Germany. He obtained degrees (Staatsexamen) in Geography and English at Saarbrücken University in 1972 and a Doctorate in English Linguistics at Saarbrücken in 1975. After being part of a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Sonderforschungsbereich on electronic language research and computational linguistics, he taught Applied Linguistics and Translation at Heidelberg University until 1982. After his Habilitation at Aachen in 1982, he was appointed professor of English Linguistics (text and discourse linguistics) at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen and subsequently transferred to Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf in 1990.
Dr. Stein has served in many administrative capacities, including dean and several terms as chairman. He has taught at various universities in the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy and China; he has also been an invited scholar at UCLA Berkeley, UBC Vancouver, and Stanford, and taught as a visiting professor at UCLA Law School.
Dr. Stein’s current teaching includes language and the law and forensic linguistics. His publications, including 14 books, are on a variety of topics, ranging from the theory of linguistic change via applied linguistics and the linguistics of discourse, to language and communication in the internet, the theory of genre, language and the law, and the development of modern English.
Dr. Stein has served as President of the International Society of Historical Linguistics and President of the International Language and Law Society, and founder and editor-in-chief of the Linguistic Society of America’s digital Publication Portal “eLanguage.” He was the organizer and conference director of numerous major international conferences, including “Berlin 6” and the Max Planck Open Access Conference at Duesseldorf. He was also involved in organizing “Berlin 9” and the Open Access Conference at Howard-Hughes Medical Institution in Maryland, USA.
Dr. Stein’s practical forensic work includes authorship identification and veracity evaluation of linguistic evidence. His current main research areas include language and the law, computer-mediated communication, and language development.
Dr. Stein is a Member of the REP track.