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Justin farwell

Justin Farwell

Research Areas

linguistic typology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, second language acquisition

Recent Courses

German for Reading Knowledge, (German Translation and Advanced Topics in German Grammar), Elementary German

Justin Farwell is a PhD candidate in the Germanic Linguistics program. He received his BA in Scandinavian Studies from UC Berkeley and his MA in Germanic Linguistics from UC Berkeley. He is also a member of the Designated Emphasis in Dutch Studies. His research interests include linguistic typology, second language acquisition, spatial prepositions, grammaticalization, language contact theory, German dialectology, etymology, and lexical studies in older Germanic languages (namely Middle High German, Old English and Old Norse).

Currently, he is writing his dissertation on the typological effects of case inflection, verb-second rules, and verb-last rules upon the selection of pre-verbal constituents in German, Dutch and English main clauses.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading about medieval history and evolutionary psychology, and improving his command of Norwegian, Modern Icelandic, Polish, Russian and French.