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Kidder Hall

Kidder Hall M112

2000 SW Campus Way

2000 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D. German Linguistics, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic (2007)
Post graduate studies; dissertation-related research at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany (2000-2001; 2002-2003)
M.A. dual degree German and History (Education), Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic (1998)

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I have been teaching German at the university level for the past 20 years. My academic focus is in German linguistics with an emphasis on sociolinguistics. My language research interests are varied, but most strongly embrace language policy – language contacts, language conflicts, and language management. I’m particularly interested in uncovering language expressions: how do conflicts, which can transpire over facts, norms and values for non-linguistic reasons, find expression in divergent usage of language expressions?


Practicing and living in a bilingual environment at home is a permanent source of language contacts and conflicts on the micro level. In my free time I enjoy being active outdoors with my family (skiing, biking, hiking, canoeing, gardening).

Affiliated with: 
Sch Lang, Culture & Soc
Courses Taught: 

German language sequence (GER 111-113, GER 211-213, GER 411)

German Culture - Language and Identity (GER 332)

German Pronunciation and Phonetics (GER 351)

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