Sixta Quassdorf

Sixta Quassdorf

Sixta Quassdorf

Research Assistant to Prof. Robinson
SHSS - Dept. of English
Unterer Graben 21
9000 St. Gallen
Fields of research
  • 'Work' in fiction
  • John Dos Passos
Further fields of research
  • Quotation studies and intertextuality
  • Phraseology
  • Pragmatics
  • Grammar theories
  • PhD in English Linguistics, University of Basel
    Thesis title: "’A little more than kin’ - Quotations as a linguistic phenomenon. A study based on quotations from Shakespeare’s Hamlet." (insigni cum laude)
  • Lizentiat (=MA) in English philology, general linguistics and philosophy, University of Basel
    Thesis title: "Different theories – different solutions? Ditransitivity in Generative Grammar and Cognitive Linguistics" (summa cum laude) 
  • Secretarial training, Language Institute Foley, Freiburg i. Br.         
    Leaving certificate: "Euro-Secretary/Personal Assistant English/French/Spanish" and "Fremdsprachensekretärin IHK English/French"
Professional Career

University of St. Gallen (since June 2017)

  • Research Fellow (Prof. Dr. Alan Robinson)

University of Basel (Aug 2004 – Dec 2016)

  • Student advisor and international exchange coordinator, Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Office manager and general administration, Department of English
  • Research staff, Swiss National Science Foundation projects OldPhras ( and HyperHamlet (
  • Coordinator, PhD program Linguistics Hermann Paul School of Linguistics Basel-Freiburg (maternity cover)
  • Coordinator, MA study course Language & Communication (maternity cover)
  • Several teaching assignments at the Departments of German and English
  • Managing Director, Department of Languages and Literatures (maternity cover)
  • Student assistant, Department of English

   Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (Dec 1991 – Nov 2004)

  • Personal Assistant and Manager of the Director's office (incl. translations, research for exhibitions and catalogue editing)

Teaching Activities

University of Basel, Departments of English and German

  • Class session "Variability of quotations" in Dr. Regula Hohl Trillini’s MA course: "HyperHamlet – Echoes of Shakespeare" (Spring 2015)
  • PhD colloquium "Sprachwissenschaft" on behalf of Prof. Dr. Heike Behrens (Autumn 2012) 
  • MA course: "Relevance Theory" with Ass. Prof. Dr. Andreas Langlotz (Spring 2009)
  • MA course: "Typisierte Rede" with Prof. Dr. Annelies Häcki Buhofer (Autumn 2008)
  • BA introductory module, Department of German, "Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft: Psycholinguistik, Soziolinguistik, Empirische Pragmatik" (2008 - 2010)

Collaboration in two SNF-founded projects

  • Linguistic change of German proverbs and sayings. Diachronical online lexicon of German phraseology of the new high-German period - OldPhras ( (2010 - 2013)
  • Passages We Live By: Shakespeare’s Hamlet as an example. A new corpus concept for intertextuality research - HyperHamlet ( (2006 - 2010) 

SAUTE - Swiss Association of University Teachers of English

John Dos Passos Society

SANAS - Swiss Association for North American Studies


Conference papers (9 of 22)

  • "The examiner 'turns a page' - Form and Content in §25 of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King." International Conference on Powerful Literary Texts: A Stylistic, Empirical and Performance-Based Approach, Brighton Unversity, 19-21 June 2019.
  • "'I would prefer not to take a clerkship' – The Office Novel. SANAS Biennial Conference: The Genres of Genre - A Conference on Form, Format, and Cultural Formations, Lausanne, 2-3 November 2018.
  • "'There Is No Right Life in the Wrong One' - Drink and Abstincence in John Dos Passos's Manhattan Transfer and U.S.A.” The Third Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference, Lisbon, 20 - 22 June 2018.  
  • HyperHamlet – A database of quotations and allusions." British Shakespeare Association Conference Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority. Stirling, 3-6 July 2014.
  • "¿Citas o frasemas?" 5th Europhras Conference, Granada, June-July 2010.
  • "Quotations and Formulaicity." FLaRN 2010 - 5th International Conference on Formulaic Language, Paderborn, March 2010.
  • "'These words are not mine. No nor mine either.' - poetic language in normal speech." 2nd International Conference on Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation: "Centering the Marginal, Stretching the Boundaries." Muscat, March 2010.
  • "'On quoting …' – a corpus-based study on the phraseology of well-known quotations." Corpus Linguistics Conference Liverpool, July 2009.
  • "HyperHamlet - Intricacies of Data Selection." Diversity in Language Corpora - Vielfalt in Sprachkorpora, Basel, April 2009.