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Robert Howell

Professor of German  
818A Van Hise Hall  
608/262-1844
E-mail: rbhowell@wisc.edu

 

Since coming to Madison in 1984 I have enjoyed working with the growing number of undergraduates and graduates interested in all aspects of Germanic linguistics. My own interests range from early Germanic phonology and morphology to the development of Dutch and German urban vernaculars in the Early Modern period. The size and vitality of our program has afforded me many opportunities for collaborative work with colleagues and graduate students. In addition to teaching courses in early Germanic (Gothic, Old High German, Old Saxon), dialectology and historical linguistics I enjoy teaching courses in Dutch and German language. My major current project is the Cambridge History of the Germanic Languages, which I am co-authoring with Joe Salmons and Paul Roberge (UNC-Chapel Hill).

  • Forthcoming (2007): (with Katerina Somers Wicka) "A Phonetic Account of Anglian
    Smoothing." Folia Linguistica Historica, 6300 words.
  • 2006 "Immigration and Koineization: the formation of Early Modern
    Dutch Urban Vernaculars", Transactions of the Philological Society
    104.2. 207-227.
  • 2006 (with Emily Goss) "Social and structural factors in the
    development of Dutch urban dialects in the Early Modern period." in
    Variation and Reconstruction, ed. by Thomas Cravens. Amsterdam:
    Benjamins, 59-83.

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