John Sundquist

John Sundquist

Associate Professor // SIS // Linguistics
Faculty

Associate Professor // SLC // German
Faculty

Associate Professor // SLC
Faculty

Associate Professor // SIS
Faculty


Ph.D., Indiana University

 

Office Information

Office: SC 170
Office Phone: (765) 496-3936
Office Hours: Fall 2019:  T/TH 1:00-2:00pm and by appointment.
E-mail: jsundqui@purdue.edu

Specialization

Historical Germanic Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Variation and Change, Second Language Acquisition Theory, Language Pedagogy

My main area of research is historical Germanic linguistics with an emphasis on syntactic change. In particular, I am interested in identifying patterns of variation that Germanic languages have shown in earlier stages, examining internal and external causes for change in the areas of syntax, morphology, and semantics. Although my research focuses mainly on the Scandinavian languages, I attempt to draw parallels with historical developments in other Indo-European languages.

A secondary area of my research deals with the relationship between language acquisition and language change. I am mainly interested in variable use of morphology and word order in first and second language acquisition. A long-term research project of mine examines whether language change is more attributable to language acquisition among children or to language usage among adults.

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