Born: 12 January 1943 in Hannover, Germany.
Parents: Dr. Annemarie Dörrie and Professor Dr. Heinrich Dörrie.
Education: Grammar school (with bias on Latin and Greek).
University studies: since 1963 at the universities of Münster/Westphalia, Amsterdam and Helsinki: German and Dutch philology, linguistics (focus on language history, dialectology and Indo-European studies).
PhD: 1970 at the University of Münster (PhD thesis on an etymological topic, see monograph 1971).
Marital status: since 1967 married to the Finnish scholar, professor of German language, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ilpo Tapani Piirainen (died in 2012); three children.
Since 1970: foreign language assistant for German at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (lector of DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service).
Since 1975: in charge of various projects related to Low German philology:
Since 1993: independent researcher: active scholar in phraseology, figurative language and lesser-used languages.
Recent projects: “Widespread idiomatic and formulaic constructions” and “Lesser-used languages: Idioms, proverbs, figurative and formulaic units”.
Dr. Elisabeth Piirainen