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Joseph C. Salmons

Professor of German
842 Van Hise Hall
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Joseph Salmons holds a BA in Philosophy (UNC-Charlotte, 1978) and a PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University of Texas, 1984). His research and teaching center especially on speech sounds and sound change, drawing data especially from historical and contemporary Germanic languages. With Rob Howell and Paul Roberge, he is writing the Cambridge History of the Germanic Languages, and is Executive Editor of Diachronica: International Journal for Historical Linguistics, and Director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.

  • Forthcoming: Segmental phonological change. A Companion to Historical Linguistics, ed. by Vit Bubenik & Silvia Luraghi. London & New York: Continuum.
  • Forthcoming: The evolution of Germanic. Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An international handbook of language comparison and the reconstruction of Indo-European, ed. Matthias Fritz & Jared S. Klein. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Forthcoming: Joseph Salmons & Thomas Purnell. Language Contact and the development of American English. The Handbook of Language Contact, ed. by Raymond Hickey. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • 2008: Gregory K. Iverson & Joseph Salmons. Germanic Aspiration: Phonetic enhancement and language contact. Sprachwissenschaft  33:3.257-278.
  • 2008: Miranda Wilkerson & Joseph Salmons. ‘Good old immigrants of yesteryear’ who didn’t learn English: Germans in Wisconsin. American Speech 83:3.259–283.
  • 2008: What Old Frisian can tell us about the history of i-umlaut across West Germanic. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik Special issue: Advances in Frisian Philology, ed. by Rolf H. Bremmer Jr., Stephen Laker & Oebele Vries. 64.367-377.

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