Philology research

Scholars in our department have a long tradition of research and teaching in the area of Germanic philology, which we define broadly as the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Germanic peoples from the first centuries CE until around the end of the 14th century. Philologists study written and oral records, including literary texts—to establish their authenticity, describe their historical context, and speculate about their meaning.

We collaborate closely with Tracy Alan Hall in Germanic linguistics as well as with other colleagues at Indiana University, and we participate in joint projects with scholars from all over the world—from Russia to Iceland and Australia—trying to involve our students as much as possible in our research.

The current focus of Kari Gade’s research is on Old Norse philology, with an emphasis on Old Norse skaldic poetry and metrics. She teaches courses on Old Norse language and literature, Vikings and Sagas, Gothic, Old High German, and Old Saxon.

Robert Fulk, emeriti adjunct professor in Germanic Studies and Chancellor’s Professor of English, continues to undertake research in early Germanic languages and literatures, especially Old English, Middle English, and Old Icelandic. His particular interests are in historical phonology and morphology, dialectology, metrics, manuscript studies, and textual editing. Professor Fulk has taught medieval English, Welsh, and Irish languages and literatures.

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