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Language Contact and Attrition @ PSU

Language Contact and Attrition @ PSU

Language Contact and Attrition @ PSU

CLS faculty at Penn State:
Mike Putnam (German and Linguistics)
Richard Page (German and Linguistics)

Grad students at Penn State: 
Cole Callen (SIP)
Rose Fisher (German Linguistics)
Andrew Hoffman (German Linguistics)
Robert Klosinski (German Linguistics)
Ashley Pahis (SIP)
Mike Rocker (German Linguistics)
Sonja Trawick (SIP)
Nora Vosburg (German Linguistics)

Group Alumni:
Hyoun-A Joo (Furman Uniersity)
Lara Schwartz (TU-Dortmund)

CLS affiliates not at Penn State:
Joshua Brown (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Joshua Bousquette (University of Georgia)
Holger Hopp (University of Mannheim)
Joseph Salmons (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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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 acq

uisition and loss, trilingual (L3) language development and change, and steady contact between languages across the lifespan. We approach the study of language contact an

d 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.