College of Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies


Our department maintains a strong program of research and teaching in Germanic linguistics with a particular focus on modern synchronic linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax) and historical linguistics. We collaborate closely with colleagues in Germanic philology, in the Linguistics department at I.U. and abroad.

The focus of Tracy Alan Hall's research is the phonology of modern standard German and modern German dialects, sound change and general phonology. He teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate level on German phonology, German morphology, the history of Germanic and general phonological theory.

Rex Sprouse (Second Language Studies, adjunct in Germanic Studies) pursues research in second language acquisition and the structure and history of the languages of Western Europe (Germanic, Romance, Celtic).

Selected publications:

Hall, T. A. (2007). German glide formation and its theoretical consequences. The Linguistic Review 24: 1-31

Hall, T. A. (2011). Phonologie. Eine Einf├╝hrung. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. Second edition

Hall, T. A. (2013). How common is r-epenthesis? Folia Linguistica 47: 55-87

Hall, T. A. (2014). Alveolopalatalization in Central German as markedness reduction. Transactions of the Philological Society 112: 143-166

Hall, T. A. (2014). Constraints and repair strategies in Early Germanic and the phonology of Old High German <z> revisited. Beitr├Ąge zur Geschichte der Deutschen Sprache und Literatur 136: 1-34.

Hall, T. A. (2014). The phonology of Westphalian German glides. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 26: 323-360

Schwartz, Bonnie D. & Rex A. Sprouse (2013) Generative approaches and the poverty of the stimulus. In Julia Herschensohn & Martha Young-Scholten (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 137-158.

Germanic Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3103
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
Phone: 812-855-1553
Fax: 812-855-8927