UGA to host Gabriele Diewald, first Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor

Gabriele Diewald Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor

March 30, 2015


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Athens, Ga. - Gabriele Diewald, a professor of linguistics and chair of the German department of Leibniz Universität Hannover, has been selected as the first Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University of Georgia's Germanic and Slavic studies department. Diewald will deliver a lecture April 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 213 of Joe Brown Hall.

The lecture, "Grammaticalization Meets Pragmaticalization—An Attempt at Disentangling Two Complex Notions," is free and open to the public.

As part of the visiting professorship, Diewald is teaching a graduate class in Germanic Linguistics during the spring semester. She also is involved in an extensive research collaboration on argument structure in German and English from a trans-theoretical perspective with Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, a UGA assistant professor of linguistics in Germanic and Slavic studies. Her selection as Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor will allow both faculty members to continue their research.

Diewald's research includes grammaticalization, language change, modality and evidentiality, verbal categories and argument structure. She is the author of numerous books and articles, has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and has had teaching engagements at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Diewald has been to UGA in the past through the Franklin International Faculty Exchange in 2012 and the Franklin International Scholar Program in the summer of 2014.

The visiting professorship was made possible through funds provided by the Max Kade Foundation of New York. Additional support came from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.


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