Society & Culture

Media advisory: Expert on language change to speak at UGA

Athens, Ga. – Gabriele Diewald, vice president for teaching and academic programs and continuing education at Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, will give a talk at the University of Georgia on March 21 at 4:30 p.m. in room 350 of the Miller Learning Center.

Open free to the public, the talk, “Problems and Motives of Language Change: With Special Attention to the Development of Future Markers in German,” will provide an introduction to general problems of language change, its forces and motives and the theoretical implications of the ubiquity of change. Diewald will focus on German with an investigation of the interplay of language-internal and language-external factors in the development of future markers in German.

Diewald received her doctorate from Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremburg and has had teaching engagements at Stanford University, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the University of Hamburg. She is visiting UGA to continue work on a collaborative project with Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, assistant professor of linguistics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences’ department of Germanic and Slavic studies, which is sponsoring her visit along with the department of linguistics and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.