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 Department of Linguistics at Indiana University, 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, and the history of Germanic and general phonological theory. Professor Hall is the editor of the Journal of Germanic Linguistics.
Rex Sprouse conducts research on second language acquisition and the structure and history of the Germanic, Romance, and Celtic languages of Western Europe. Sprouse is a professor of Second Language Studies, adjunct professor of Linguistics and Germanic Studies, and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Second Language Studies.