Joachim Scharloth is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of German at the Dresden University of Technology.
In his research, he aims to use linguistic theory and methods for the analysis and understanding of culture and society. His recent research is focused on developing new data-driven methods in corpus and computer linguistics and applying them to the analysis of public discourse and political language. Being able to write his own software, he has developed computational methods to identify historical watersheds and narrative patterns in big text corpora. Concerning political language, he is mainly interested in the question, how language contributes to creating a reality, which legitimates certain political measures whereas others appear to be unreasonable.
Beyond that, he has co-organized conferences on information and research ethics in the digital age and critically reflects the impact of new technologies on the life of individuals and on society as a whole as a speaker as well as on his blog “Surveillance and Security”.
He obtained his Ph.D. in German Linguistics from the University of Heidelberg in 2002 as a member of the Graduate School “Dynamics of Non-Standard Varieties” with a scholarship of the German Research Foundation. In the same year, he became an assistant professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he obtained my Habilitation in 2008. After two positions as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (2008-2009), and Zurich (2009-2010), he joined Dokkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, as an Associate Professor of German Studies. After 2.5 years at Dokkyo University, he was appointed Full Professor at the Technische Universität Dresden in 2012.