School of Languages and Cultures GermanCollege of Liberal Arts

John Sundquist

  • Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
  • Ph.D., Indiana University

Department Information

Linguistics // SIS // Faculty
Languages and Cultures // Faculty
German // SLC // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: SC 170
  • Office Phone: (765) 496-3936
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018/Spring 2019: On Research Leave Meetings by appt.
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  • 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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