Sabine De Knop

Sabine De Knop

Sabine De Knop studied English and German studies and general linguistics at the Université 

Saint-Louis Bruxelles, at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), at the Cologne university and at the Bielefeld university, Germany. In April 1985, she defended her PhD thesis entitled "Metaphorische Komposita in Zeitungsüberschriften" at the UCL, which was subsequently published in 1987 in the Linguistische Arbeiten at the Max Niemeyer Verlag in Tübingen.  


Since 2001, she has been a lecturer for German language, linguistics and cultural studies at the Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, where she became  a full professor (Belgian title: 'professeur extraordinaire') in 2016. Since 2006, she has been the Head of the Department of modern German languages and letters.  



Her research focuses on the description of linguistic phenomena within Cognitive Linguistics (Langacker, Dirven), language typology (Talmy, Slobin) and Construction grammar (Goldberg, Croft). More specifically, expressions of motion and location in Germanic languages, causal constructions with colour adjectives, conceptual metaphors in compounds or nominal groups, German pleonastic constructions for the expression of intensification, light verb constructions in Germanic languages, expressions of motion without verbs in German, the family of German constructions with a dative. Many of her studies also deal with applications of Cognitive Linguistics and Construction Grammars for the learning of foreign languages, the description of a pedagogical grammar as well as the contrastive description of Romance vs. Germanic languages.

Key words


Cognitive Linguistics - Construction Grammars - Languages Typology - Applications - Contrastive Analysis - Pedagogic Grammar - Conceptual metaphors - Expressions of movement and location - Causal expressions - Pleonastic expressions - German vs French

Main Publications 

  • (2008)  De Knop, Sabine & Teun  De  Rycker  (eds.),  Cognitive  Approaches  to Pedagogical Grammar – A Volume in Honour of René Dirven.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Applications of Cognitive Linguistics 9. 
  • (2010)  De Knop, Sabine, Frank Boers & Teun De Rycker (eds.)), Fostering Language Teaching Efficiency through CL.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Applications in Cognitive Linguistics 17.  
  • (2013) De Knop, Sabine, Eine Untersuchung von Kausalkonstruktionen mit Farbbezeichnungen im Rahmen der Konstruktionsgrammatik. In De Knop, Sabine, Fabio Mollica et Julia Kuhn (eds.), Konstruktionsgrammatik in den romanischen Sprachen, 111-136. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag. 
  • (2015)   De Knop, Sabine, Visualization and conceptual metaphor as tools for the teaching of abstract motion in German. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 13(1), 167–190.
  • (2016) Gilquin, Gaëtanelle & Sabine De Knop, Exploring L2 constructionist approaches. In De Knop, Sabine & Gaëtanelle Gilquin (eds.), Applied Construction Grammar, 3-17. Berlin: de Gruyter. Series Applications of Cognitive Linguistics 32.
  • (2019) Erfurt, Jürgen & Sabine De Knop, Über Konstruktionsgrammatik, sprachliches Lernen und Mehrsprachigkeit. In Erfurt, Jürgen & Sabine De Knop (Hrsg.), Konstruktions-grammatik und Mehrsprachigkeit, 7-25. Universität Duisburg-Essen: Universitäts-verlag Rhein-Ruhr OHG. Reihe: Osnabrücker Beiträge zur Sprachtheorie (OBST) 94. 
  • (2020)    De Knop, Sabine & Manon Hermann, Funktionsverbgefüge in ein neues Licht setzen. In De Knop, Sabine & Manon Hermann (Hrsg.), Funktionsverbgefüge im Fokus - Theoretische, didaktische und kontrastive Perspektiven.  Berlin: de Gruyter. Reihe Linguistik, Impulse und Tendenzen.



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