Institute of High Performance Computing


People: Vibrant & Dynamic Culture



Social & Cognitive Computing (SCC)

Dr. Sebastian FELLER

Dr. Sebastian FELLER

Research Interests:

  •  Interaction pragmatics
  • Dialogue analysis
  • Lexical semantics
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Natural language processing
  • Teacher-learner interaction research


  • Combined PhD in linguistics and philosophy from the University of Muenster, Germany
  • Master of Arts in English philology, philosophy and communication studies from University of Muenster, Germany
  • Two semesters in journalism at Chaffey College in California, USA

Published Journals/ Articles:


    •  (forthc.): "Designing a cognitive speech act taxonomy for dialogic teaching and learning: Explorative action games for conceptual change learning." Journal of Language Teaching and Research 3.
    • (2013): "Language for Deep Learning: Cognitive explorative action games for teacher-learner interactions." Journal of Cognitive Science, 14(4), 361-378.
    • (2013): "Conceptual change in language teaching and learning. Why and how lexical concepts drive meaning construction differently across languages." Theory and Practice in Language Studies 10(3), 1726-1736.
    • (2013). "Review of the book Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion. Feelings, Affect and Technological Change, ed. by Athina Karatzogianni and Adi Kuntsman." Language and Dialogue 3(3), 482-485.
    • (2013): "Review of Educational Technologies for Teaching Argumentation Skills, ed. by Nils Pinkwart, and Bruce M. McLaren." Language and Dialogue 3(2), 313- 317.
    • (2012): “Recent developments in HCI: The implementation of cultural models in human computer interaction.” Language and Dialogue 2(3), 465-478.
    • (2012): “The nature of dialog. Structural and lexical markers of dialogic teacher/learner interactions.” Proceedings of Workshop at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2012, Singapore, 73-76.
    • Yengin, Ilker and Feller, Sebastian. (2012): “Analysis of the Socratic Method in computer supported dialog games.” Proceedings of ICCE 2012, Singapore, 202- 204.
    • (2012): “Facilitating active learning in the form of conceptual change through virtual worlds.” In: Proceedings of the London International Conference on Education 2012, London, 389-394.
    • (2011): “Language use and the lexicon.” In: Language and Dialogue 1(1), 129-145.
    • (2011): “Authorial stance and evidentiality in academic writing. A corpus linguistic approach to learning and teaching”. Proceedings of the Oman 11th International ELT Conference, Muscat, 2011, 10-18.


    •  08/2013, 2nd Annual Workshop on Analytics for Business, Consumer and Social Insights (BCSI 2013), Singapore Management University Summer Institute: “Linguistic Theory and Language Processing Architecture for Strategic Public Information and Communication Enhancement (SPICE)”
    • 03/2013, International Association of Dialogue Analysis Workshop:Dialogue 2013, University of Texas at Austin, USA: “Learning by Dialogue: An Intelligent Tutoring Application for Structured Teacher-Learner Communication”
    • 11/2012, International Conference on Computers in Education 2012, National Institute of Education, Singapore. Tutorial on “Using Web 2.0 Teaching Tools for Motivating Students and Engaging Them in Creative Thinking”
    • 11/2012, International Conference on Computers in Education 2012, National Institute of Education, Singapore: “Analysis of the Socratic Method in Computer Supported Dialog Games”
    • 11/2012, Workshop at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2012 (WASA 2012), December 26-27, Fusionopolis, Singapore: “The Nature of Dialog. Structural and Lexical Markers of Teacher-Learner Interactions”
    • 11/2012, London International Conference on Education 2012 (LICE 2012), November 19-22, Thistle Hotel, London: “Facilitating Conceptual Change in Teaching and Learning through Virtual Worlds”
    • 03/2012, Meaning, Context, and Cognition 2012 (MCC), March 22-24, University of Lodz, Poland: “From the Socratic Method to Dialogic Knowledge Building”
    • 04/2011, Oman International ELT Conference, April 20-21, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. Title of presentation: “Evidentiality and Stance in Academic Writing – A corpus linguistic approach to teaching and learning”
    • 09/2010, IADA Workshop: Political Dialogue Analysis, September 13-15, University of Wuerzburg, Germany. Title of presentation: “Abstract language in Political Discourse
    • 03/2009, 31. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft (Annual Meeting of the German Association of Linguistics): Form And Function, March 04-06, University of Osnabrueck, Germany. Title of presentation: “Meaning-in-performance”
    • 05/2008, IADA Workshop: Lexical Meaning in Argumentative Dialogue, May 15-17,University of Milano of Sacro Cuore, Italy. Title of presentation: “Will Future Constructions as Self-fulfilling Prophecies”
    • 05/2007, 41. Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft (Student Conference on Linguistics), May 16-20, University of Bielefeld, Germany. Title of presentation: “A Sociobiological Understanding of Meaning”
    • 03/2007, International Conference of the International Association of Dialogue Analysis (IADA): Analysis XI, March 26-30, University of Muenster, Germany. Title of presentation: “Irony as a Motivational Device in Discourse”
    • 09/2006, Workshop of the International Association of Dialogue Analysis (IADA): Dialogue in and between different cultures, September 26-28, University of Mainz, Germany. Title of presentation: “Differences in Greeting between German, Peruvian and Californian Speakers”

Book Chapter(s)

    •  (Under review) From the Socratic Method and Self-Determination Theory to Dialogic Knowledge Building. Discovering an electric circuit through deep reasoning.
    • (2008): “Irony as a rhetorical device in discourse.” In: Dialogue and Rhetoric, Edda Weigand (ed.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins (Dialogue Studies 2), 171-184.
    • (2007): “Cultural differences in the speech act of greeting.” In: Dialogue and Culture, Marion Grein and Edda Weigand (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins (Dialogue Studies 1), 177-190.


    •  (2010): Lexical Meaning in Dialogic Language Use. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins (Dialogue Studies 9).
    • (ed.) (2009): Language as Dialogue. From rules to principles of probability. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins (Dialogue Studies 5).


    • International Association of Dialogue Analysis (IADA): Secretary
    • Benjamins journal Language and Dialogue and book series Dialogue Studies: Assistant Editor
    • Fedaration Internationale des Langues et Literatures Modernes: Editor Assistant

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