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Mark L. Louden

Professor of German and Jewish Studies
802 Van Hise Hall

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.

Recent Publications

  • 2008 “Synthesis in Pennsylvania German Language and Culture.” Die deutsche Präsenz in den USA / The German Presence in the U.S.A., ed. by Josef Raab and Jan Wirrer, pp. 671 699. Lit Verlag.
  • 2006 “Pennsylvania German in the Twenty-First Century.” In: Sprachinselwelten The World of Language Islands, ed. by Nina Berend and Elisabeth Knipf-Komlósi, pp. 89 107. Peter Lang.
  • 2006 “Patterns of Language Maintenance in German-American Speech Islands.” In: Studies on Contact Linguistics: Essays in Honor of Glenn G. Gilbert, ed. by Janet Fuller and Linda Thornburg, pp. 127 145. Peter Lang.
  • 2006 “Edward H. Rauch’s Pennsylvania Dutch Hand-Book.” In: Preserving Heritage: A Festschrift for C. Richard Beam, ed. by Joshua R. Brown and Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr. Yearbook of German-American Studies, Supplemental Issue, Vol. 2, pp. 111 122.
  • 2005 “The Logic of Nonstandard Syntax” (Discussion Article). In: Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik 72:167 182.

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