The Faculty Club University of California, Berkeley

Friday, April 2

8:00 a.m. Registration (Faculty Club: Seaborg Room)

Morning Session: Rex A. Sprouse (Indiana Univ.)

  • 8:30 a.m. John Durbin (Indiana Univ.): “Are Modals a Form of Passivization? Evidence from Dutch moeten/mogen + van”
  • 8:55 a.m. Donald Steinmetz (Augsburg College): “The Germanic Gender Shift and its Consequences in Yiddish: Order in the Chaos?”
  • 9:20 a.m. Ana Krzic (Indiana Univ.): “Pronoun Address System in German”
  • 9:45 a.m. Charles M. Barrack (Univ. of Washington): “Grimm’s Law and Verner’s Law: From Typology to Trajectory”
  • 10:10 a.m. Mark Southern (Middlebury College): “Metonymic and Linguistic Inheritances in Old Saxon: Betrayal, Protection, Death, and Words as Power”
  • 10:35 a.m. Suin Shin (UC Berkeley): “Why Germans are Rude. Or not? – Politeness Strategies in Language: A Contrastive Study of German, English and Korean”
  • 11:00 a.m. Ulrich Busse (Univ. of Halle/Wittenberg): “The Impact of Lexical Borrowing from English on German and Its Treatment in Selected Dictionaries”

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session: John Ole Askedal (Univ. of Oslo)


  • 1:00 p.m. Hans C. Boas (Univ. of Texas): “Texas German – or – The Dialect that Never Happened”
  • 1:25 p.m. Eugene Green (Boston University): “The Subjunctive Mood and Modal Auxiliary in Old English Poetry”
  • 1:50 p.m. Tonya Kim Dewey (UC Berkeley/Univ. of Iceland): “V2 in West Germanic: Syntax vs. Phonology”
  • 2:15 p.m. Thaddeus G. Meyer (Indiana Univ.): “The Transitional Transcriptions Anew: Runic Evidence for the Phonemicization of i – umlaut”
  • 2:40 p.m. Robert G. Hoeing (SUNY Buffalo): “Talking Heads and Relatives”
  • 3:05 p.m. Guido Seiler (Stanford University): “On the Development of the Bavarian Quantity System”
  • 3:30 p.m. Dorian Roehrs,(Indiana Univ.): “German ein jeder as a Late Compound”
  • 3:55 p.m. Johan van der Auwera (Univ. of Antwerp): “Flemish Negative Indefinites: Micro-and Macrovariation”

7:00 p.m. Dinner (Faculty Club: Howard Lounge)

Enrique Mallen (Texas A&M Univ.): “A German(‘s) Grammar of Cubism: Pablo Picasso and Daniel-Heinrich Kahnweiler”

Saturday, April 3

Morning Session (Seaborg Room): Robert G. Hoeing (SUNY Buffalo)

  • 8:30 a.m. Marc Pierce (Univ. of Michigan): “Syllable Weight and Vowel Lengthening in Modern Faroese”
  • 8:55 a.m. Vera Lee-Schoenfeld (UC Santa Cruz): “Possessor Raising: A Diagnostic for Restructuring”
  • 9:20 a.m. Christopher D. Sapp (Indiana Univ.): “Verb Placement in Subordinate Clauses in the History of German”
  • 9:45 a.m. Andre Nündel (Rutgers University): “Case Attraction as a Consequence of DP Structure”
  • 10:10 a.m. Thomas F. Shannon (UC Berkeley): “Oy Vey, Maatjie: More Drift in Germanic?”
  • 10:35 a.m. Santeri Palviainen (Harvard Univ.): “Baltic-Finnic Evidence for Germanic Final Syllables”
  • 11:00 a.m. Marga Reis (Univ. of Tübingen): “Modals, so-called Semi-modals, and Grammaticalization in German”

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session: Charles M. Barrack (Univ. of Washington)

  • 1:30 p.m. Heiko Wiggers (Univ. of Texas): “The Prestige Shift of Low German”
  • 1:55 p.m. Bay Area German Project (UC Berkeley): “Emotion, Gesture, Language”
  • 2:20 p.m. John Ole Askedal (Univ. of Oslo): “Intercategorial Coordination in German NPs”
  • 2:45 p.m. Dorian Roehrs & Rex Sprouse (Indiana Univ.): “The Three Genitival Declensions of Proper Names in Modern Standard German: Some Morphosyntactic Nuts”
  • 3:10 p.m. Irmengard Rauch (UC Berkeley) “Muscular Gothic II: Template Morphology”
  • 3:35 p.m. Joseph Voyles (Univ. of Washington): “Hittite and Proto-Indo-European”


The Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable is supported by the University of California Berkeley Center for German and European Studies through a Daimler-Chrysler/Deutsche Bank Grant, and by the Max Kade Foundation, Inc.