Col. 9 No 2, Fall 1997
GLAC 4: Last Call for Papers
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures of The Ohio State University is pleased to announce
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There is now a list for creolists, called CreoList, edited by Mikael Parkvall of Stockholm University, firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also the Creolist Archive (CA) Web Pages, to be found at http://www.ling.su.se/Creole/">. For technical issues and support, contact Jens Edlund, Webmaster-Creole@ling.su.se. (This corrects the report from the last newletter, which wrongly identified the list and web site as projects of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics.)
The Discussion Group for Germanic Philology is sponsoring a session at
the 1997 MLA convention in Toronto. The session "Topics in Germanic
Linguistics" will take place in the VIP, Sheraton Centre, Washington
Hilton on December 29th at noon. Scheduled speakers are:
Thomas F. Shannon, UCBerkeley, "Toward an Empirically and Explanatorily Adequate Account of Extraposition: Hawkins's Performance Theory."
Michael Getty, Stanford U., "Germanic Alliterative Meter and Metrical Stress Theory: A Case Study in the Boundaries between Philology and Linguistics."
Frederick W. Schwink, U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Fritz/Fritz'/Fritzens: A Prototype Approach to a Defective Category in Modern German Inflection."
Blackwell Publishers is offering FREE access to the WorldWideWeb version of Linguistics Abstracts through the end of the year. The URL is http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk/labs.Return to top
The Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS) is an informal grouping of British researchers, teachers and others interested in Germanic languages. FGLS meetings are held biennially and receive support from the Goethe Institut for publicity and guest lecturers. The next meeting will take place at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1998. More details on events will be posted on the FGLS web page (http://www.hull.ac.uk/german/gupta/fgls.html). If you would like to be included on the electronic mailing list, please email Piklu Gupta at G.A.Gupta@ger.hull.ac.uk.
The Symposium About Language And Society is pleased to announce its Sixth
Annual Meeting to be held April 24-26, 1998 at the University of Texas
at Austin. Encouraged are abstracts on research that addresses the relationship
of language to culture and society. Desired frameworks include but are
not limited to: Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Ethnography
of Communication, Speech Play, Verbal Art, Poetics, and Political Economy
of Language. For further information see the SALSA web page for additional
or write to:
SALSA, Department of Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
Daniel T. Brink, professor of English at Arizona State University, died on October 17, 1997, at the age of 57 following a long illness. A memorial fund has been set up. Donations in Professor Brink's memory can be made to the ASU Foundation to honor Daniel T. Brink, c/o Robert Bjork, Department of English, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 852870302.Return to top
In the next few issues of the Newsletter, we would like to devote a special section to graduate students in Germanic Linguistics and Philology and their work. Please encourage your students and fellow students to join the Society and to send us a short write-up of their research interests and activities. Thanks to the students who have already contacted us!
David Connolly, graduate student of German(ic) philology at The Ohio State University, works full time as a scientific information analyst at Chemical Abstracts Service, and studies part time. His main areas of interest include: older Germanic languages and literatures; historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis; medieval literature and culture; the history of science and technology. David has presented conference papers on Beowulf, Grimmelshausen's Courasche, Walter Benjamin and popular music, and Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In the next couple of years he hopes to bring together his interests in science and language by writing a dissertation in the area of medieval German Fachliteratur. (email@example.com)
Elisa Erali, Ph.D. candidate at the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, was awarded a DAAD grant and is spending the academic year at the Zentrum für allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft in Berlin. She is working on her dissertation, "The Story of SEIN: A Natural History of a Verb, Copula and Auxiliary." In her study she describes and interprets the distribution of SEIN in NHG as the product of centuries of syntactic/semantic development. She hopes to discover the "Seinness" in each of the NHG constructions that employs the verb as a copula/auxiliary. Another goal of her research is to reach a clearer understanding of what a copula is, what an auxiliary is, and what the two have to do with each other. Additional research interests include Comparative Germanic Grammar, and the OS Heliand. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stephan Israel received his Ph.D. from the University of WisconsinMadison in 1997. He is currently visiting assistant professor of German at Denison University/University of Southern Indiana. He is interested in Low German, Germanic sagas and the older Germanic languages.
Martin Kappus at SUNY at Stony Brook is expecting to be ABD by the beginning of next semester. He is working on the structure of the DP in Swabian and Free Relatives in Romance (Catalan). The main focus of his research is the semantic interaction of negation and 'simple' indefinites.
Paul Listen received his Ph.D. from the University of CaliforniaBerkeley in 1997. He is now an adjunct professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of San Francisco.
Marc Pierce is a Ph.D. precandidate at the University of Michigan. He is using Optimality Theory to analyze classic problems of Germanic phonology. He is especially interested in syllable structure, and the reactions of different languages to changing syllable weight.
If you have recently published a book or article, are planning a conference, have received a grant, or have begun a major new project, please let us know.
Evelyn S. Firchow and Peter E. Firchow completed a translation of Alois Brandstetter's novel The Abbey. The book will be printed by Ariadne Press (Riverside, California) this spring. The Firchows also published an interview with Prof. Brandstetter in Modern Austrian Literature 29 (1996), 2338. Evelyn Firchow is currently collecting interviews with German-speaking Minnesotans. This work is part of an ongoing project to study and preserve the language of German-speaking Minnesotans. Her article, "The German Language in Minnesota: A Summary of Research" has been published in the Peter Nelde Festschrift in Brussels, Belgium.
John M. Jeep published "Women in the Vernacular and the Periodization of Medieval German Literature" in the Medieval Feminist Newsletter 23 (Spring 1997) 3747.