In this seminar, we will view English through the lens of contrastive analysis. By comparing selected structures of English with analogous structures in German and other languages, we will learn more about the structure of English as well as about the nature of human language, it's structure and variation. The following textbook is used as a point of departure: König, E. & Gast, V. (2009). Understanding English-German Contrasts (2nd ed.). Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag. Requirements for credit points: Assignments via Moodle.