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Language Contact and Change @ PSU


Language Contact and Change @ PSU

CLS faculty at Penn State:

Mike Putnam (German & Linguistics)
Richard Page (German & Linguistics)
Frances Blanchette 

Grad students at Penn State: 

Hyoun-A Joo (German Linguistics)
Lara Schwarz (German Linguistics
Nora Hellmold (German Linguistics)
Jonathan Steuck (Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese)
Dora LaCasse (Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese)

CLS affiliates not at Penn State: 

Holger Hopp (University of Mannheim)
Joseph Salmons (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 
Joshua Bousquette (University of Georgia)
Josh Brown (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
William Keel 
Joe Salmons (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Broadly speaking, the primary research focus of our lab group is the development of grammar systems in contact without another for a sustained period of time. Here we understand contact to loosely encompass a variety of environments and scenarios, which includes (but is certainly not limited to): the acquisition, maintenance, loss, and restructuring of heritage grammars, natural L2 acquisition and loss, trilingual (L3) language development and change, and steady contact between languages across the lifespan. We approach the study of language contact and change for a multitude of perspectives; engaging in synchronic as well as diachronic studies. Members of the lab are exposed to linguistically-oriented research from computational, experimental, formal, and functional perspectives, as we strongly feel that these multiple perspectives on investigating language contact and change significantly enrich our understanding of these complex phenomena. The languages and language families investigated by members of the lab are empirically diverse, thus aiding in providing a broad and encompassing view of various aspects of language contact and change.