Mark L. Louden
Professor of German and Jewish Studies
Mark L. Louden received his A.B. (Distinction in All Subjects, 1984), his M.A. (1987), and his Ph.D. (1988) all from Cornell University, concentrating in his graduate work on Germanic linguistics. Most of his research has been focused on questions of syntactic structure, from both synchronic (including developmental) and diachronic perspectives. Special areas of interest include X-bar theory, dialect syntax, and the role of psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic factors in language contact and syntactic change. Pennsylvania German and Yiddish are among the languages he has worked most closely on. He is currently co-director of the Max Kade Institute and serves on the editorial boards of General Linguistics, the Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Monatshefte, the Yearbook of German-American Studies, and the Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik. He is also a member of the international advisory board for the Institut für Deutsche Sprache in Mannheim.