Born in Iserlohn, Germany
|1950||February 27||School-leaving certificate, secondary school|
|October||Enrolment at the University of Heidelberg, Germany|
|1952||October 25||Undergraduate degree in Translation, English and Spanish|
|1953||Exchange student at the University of Lisbon, Portugal|
|July 4||Certificate in Portuguese Language Teaching|
|October 28||Undergraduate degree in Translation, Portuguese|
|1954||October 29||Postgraduate degree in Interpreting and Translation, Portuguese|
|Enrolment in Economics, University of Heidelberg|
| Enrolment in General and Comparative Historical Linguistics, German Studies and Romance Languages,
University of Heidelberg
|1962||January 19||PhD degree|
|Department of Modern Languages, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg|
|Assistant, Institute of Linguistics, University of Heidelberg|
|1968||February 2||Postdoctoral degree in General and Comparative Historical Linguistics|
|Assistant professor, Institute of Linguistics, University of Heidelberg|
|Professor, Chair of General and Applied Linguistics, University of Mainz|
Professor, Chair of General Translation Studies with Special Reference to Portuguese,
|Chair of Translation Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria|
|Guest Professor at Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey|
|Guest Professor at Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey|
Guest Professor at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies,
Honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting
Lectures and Research Study Trips
Research study trips: since 1953 frequent research study trips to Portugal.
1962-1975 several trips to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to study Indian English dialect(s) and Creole Portuguese, as well as, 1969 a trip to Graz, Austria, and 1967-1974 several trips to England for the same purpose. 1986 Basque studies in Spain. 1984, 1987-1994 several trips to Finland. 1988 trip to the Cape Verde Islands. 1990 trip to Turkey, 1988/1989 trip to Japan (workshop on oral interpretation). 1990 trip to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Lectures: 1990 and 1991 in Brazil, since 1991 several times in Austria,
1991-1994 in Spain, 1992 and 1994 in Slovenia, 1993 and 2001 in Mexico,
1993 and 1994 in Venezuela, 1994 and 1995 in the Czech Republic,
1994 and 2002 in Croatia, 1995 in Graz, Austria, 1995 and 1998 in Slovenia,
2001 in Krems, Austria.
Since 1953, Portuguese translator and interpreter for official and private institutions.
Publications in German and English
General Translation Studies (translation and interpreting), Historical-Comparative Linguistics, German Mediaeval Texts, Indology, Portuguese.
Translations from French, Portuguese and Basque.