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The 20th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC-20) will meet May 2-3, 2014 at the Stewart Center and Purdue Memorial Union on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The conference will be hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures, the Department of German and Russian, and the Department of English at Purdue.

About GLAC

GLAC is the annual conference of the Society for Germanic Linguistics (SGL), an organization serving the broad community of scholars teaching and researching in Germanic linguistics and philology. Further information about the SGL, and about past conferences, may be found here: Papers submitted to GLAC may be on any linguistic or philological aspect of any historical or modern Germanic language or dialect, including English (to the Early Modern period) and the extraterritorial varieties. Papers from the full range of linguistic and philological subfields, as well as differing theoretical perspectives, are welcome. Abstracts submitted to GLAC will undergo anonymous review.

New! Special Workshop on L2/L3 Vocabulary Acquisition

This year's GLAC will include an exciting new feature--a special workshop on the topic of second and third language acquisition. The main focus of this year's workshop will be vocabulary acquisition in the Germanic languages. The workshop will be held on May 2 and run parallel with GLAC's regular sessions. Those who are interested in presenting are asked to submit abstracts through the separate workshop abstract submission system.

Twentieth Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC-20)
May 2-3, 2014 Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


Special Workshop on L2 and L3 Acquisition
of Vocabulary in the Germanic Languages

Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2014

John D. Sundquist (Purdue University, Department of German and Russian)
Guido F. Halder (Washington and Jefferson College, Department of Modern Languages)
Colleen Neary-Sundquist (Purdue University, Applied Linguistics, School of Languages and Cultures)

Workshop description:
Abstracts for 20-minute papers are being solicited for a special workshop on the acquisition of L2 and L3 vocabulary to be held at the Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC-20), May 2-3, 2014 at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana).

The focus of this workshop will be on the acquisition of vocabulary by second (L2) and third (L3) language learners of the Germanic languages. The workshop has the following main objectives:

  • to enhance cross-linguistic research on L2/L3 vocabulary acquisition within the Germanic language family
  • to investigate specific phenomena in the area of lexical acquisition from a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • to compare aspects of lexical acquisition among L2 learners with that of L3 learners

The research topics to be treated in the workshop may include the following:

  • The acquisition of collocations and lexical chunks
  • The use of learner corpora in the investigation of L2 or L3 acquisition
  • The role of polysemy in vocabulary acquisition
  • Differences in acquisition in reading, writing, listening, or speaking
  • The role of instruction and materials
  • New technologies
  • Barriers to vocabulary acquisition


Download/View GLAC-20 Schedule

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014

8:00-8:40 am

Welcome and Registration
in Stewart Center Room 302

8:40-8:55 am

Opening Remarks (Stewart Center 302):
Dr. Irwin Weiser, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University


Stewart Center 311
Moderator: Shaun Hughes

Stewart Center 313
Moderator: Atsushi Fukada

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Becky Brown

9:00-9:30 am

(Indiana University)

The Role of Prosody in the Establishment of Eddic Texts

Ryan DUX
(University of Texas, Austin)

Near-Synonymous Verbs with Non-Uniform Syntax: Change Verbs in German and English

David L. WHITE
Failure of Devoicing with Gothic /g-γ/ and the Meaning of Gothic <h>

9:30-10:00 am

(University of Oxford)

Early Old English Hēafudu and Germanic Foot Structures

(University of Western Sydney)
(Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Restrictions on Combinatorics as Shapers of Change: Passive Constructions in English and German

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Old High German ‘dialect mixing’

10:00-10:15 am

Refreshment Break (Stewart Center 306)


Stewart Center 311
Moderator: Mary O'Brien

Stewart Center 313

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Rob Fulk

10:15-10:45 am

Carrie N. JACKSON (Pennsylvania State University) & Helena RUF
(University of Minnesota)

Using Temporal Adverbs to Prime Word Order among Less-Proficient L2 Learners of German

(University of Amsterdam)
Lexical and semantic gender agreement throughout the history of Dutch

(Saginaw Valley State University)
Form and Function of Modal Discourse Particles in Gothic and Old High German: What Modern German Tells Us about the Past


Patricia SCHEMPP &
(Pennsylvania State University)

The Effects of Instruction on the Realization of German Vowels in L2 Speakers of German

(Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Research Foundation - Flanders)

Hit and Miss? The Concept of ‘Intended Standard Language’ in the History of Dutch

(Wabash College)

Thinking in Printed Verbs:
Does a Reading Public Make For a (Syntactically) More Complex Language?


Laura Catharine SMITH & Kelley Schwartz MANNING
(Brigham Young University)

Do Students Improve their German Vowel Pronunciation during Study Abroad? It's a Matter of Perspective

Todd EHRESMANN (Berlin) & Jennifer HENDRIKS (Australian National University) & Robert B. HOWELL (University of Wisconsin-Madison) &
Mike OLSON (University of Utrecht)
Migration and Morphological Change in Early Modern Holland

Christopher D. SAPP
(University of Mississippi)

Word Order in the OHG Right Periphery and Its Indo-European Origins

11:45 am-
1:15 pm



Stewart Center 311
Moderator: Laura Catharine Smith

Stewart Center 313
Moderator: Charles Lam

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Richard Page

1:15-1:45 pm

Kaylee ROUPAS & Carrie N. JACKSON & Janet VAN HELL
(Pennsylvania State University)
The Influence of Notional Number and L1 Grammatical Gender on L2 Agreement

(Ghent University)

Expressing Possession with Have and Be: A View from Flemish

David L. WHITE
Some Possible Cases of Celtic Influence in West Germanic Generally

1:45-2:15 pm

Caitlin MEYER & Fred WEERMAN (University of Amsterdam)
Cracking the Cluster: The Acquisition of Verb Clusters in Dutch

(Ghent University)

At the Edge of Acceptability: The Flemish External Possessor

Robert W. MURRAY
(University of Calgary)
In the Beginning Was the Lautbild: Hermann Paul’s Theory of Sound Change

2:15-2:45 pm

Mary O'BRIEN & Johannes KNAUS
(University of Calgary)
Processing and Production of Lexical Stress in Second Language German

Solveig BOSSE
(East Carolina University)
DP-Internal Dative Possessors in German

David FERTIG (University at Buffalo, SUNY) & Jeannette K. MARSH
(Baylor University)

Paradigms, Perception, Prosody, and Palatals: Toward a Comprehensive Account of the Origins and Spread of the High German Consonant Shift

2:45-3:00 pm

Refreshment Break (Stewart Center 306)


Stewart Center 311
Moderator: Robert Channon

Stewart Center 313
Moderator: Katharina Kipp

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Jessica Sturm

3:00-3:30 pm

(University of Leicester)

Primary and Non-primary i-umlaut in
(Pre-)Old English?

(University of Georgia)

Kannst Du Mir Sagen Wost Wohnst? Structure and Acquisition of C-Agr in Wisconsin Heritage German

Christine E. GARDNER
(Pennsylvania State University)

Previous Mention and Word Duration in Second Language

3:30-4:00 pm

(Indiana University)

Old English Breaking as Frontness Dissimilation

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Weil Es Is’ Ja So: Weil Clause Word Order by Adolescents in Berlin-Kreuzberg

Jennifer GERNDT (Purdue University)
Explicit Pronunciation Instruction in the German Language

4:00-4:30 pm



Laura Catharine SMITH & Shawn NISSEN (Brigham Young University)
Do Students Make More Pronunciation Improvements Living in German Foreign Language Housing than Studying In Class?

4:30-4:45 pm

Refreshment Break (Stewart Center 302)

4:45-5:45 pm

Plenary Talk: Rex Sprouse (Indiana University)
"German and the de factoDifference Conjecture"
in Stewart Center 302

6:15-8:00 pm

At Sgt. Prestons' (6 N 2nd St, Lafayette)
Shuttle Bus pick up at Union Club Hotel Entrance 6:15 pm

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014


Stewart Center 311
Moderator: Felicia Roberts

Stewart Center 313
Moderator: Tracy Hall

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Chris Sapp


9:00-9:30 am

Mary ALLISON & Samantha LITTY & Elizabeth SUETMEIER
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Phonemic Merger in Early Modern Dutch Urban Dialects: [w] [v] [f] Is Going on Here!?

(University of Bergen)

Tonal Neutralization in Upper East Dalarna Swedish: The End or the
Beginning of the Road?

Tonya Kim DEWEY
(University of Bergen/ Ghent University)

The Oblique Subject Construction in Old High German and Old Saxon: A Semantic Comparison

9:30-10:00 am

Aditi LAHIRI & Johanneke SYTSEMA (University of Oxford) & Janet GRIJZENHOUT (University of Konstanz)
Clitics and Quantity in Middle Dutch

(University of Texas at Austin)

The Onset Principle in Faroese

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Verbal Periphrasis and Unique Patterns of Reanalysis in the Old High German Evangelienbuch and the Old Saxon Hēliand


Refreshment Break (Stewart Center 306)


Workshop on L2 Vocabulary
Stewart Center 218

Stewart Center 311
Moderator: Douglas Lightfoot

Stewart Center 313
Moderator: Shaun Hughes

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Felicia Roberts



Daniel R. WALTER &
(Carnegie Mellon University)

Graduating German Majors' Knowledge of Grammatical Gender

William RANDALL &
Howard JONES
(University of Oxford)

Germanic Preterite Presents as a Reflex of a PIE Derived Stative Category

Salena Sampson ANDERSON
(Valparaiso University)

The unfægne eorl in Beowulf (572b-573)

(Ohio State University)

A Yiddish Bar-Mitzvah Speech from 1927 in Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Context


Christopher LA CROSS
(Purdue University)

Textual Input Enhancement: Impact on L2 Beginner and Intermediate German Learners' Vocabulary Intake

Valentina CONCU
(Purdue University)

The German Perfekt as an Emergent Structure

G. Ronald MURPHY (Georgetown University)
Runes and Gold Bracteates: The Futhark Sequence as Mythic Mnemonic

Christopher TABISZ (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Standard German and Magdeburg Regiolect in the Classroom and Beyond: Use, Attitudes and Perceptions

11:15-11:45 am

(Hendrix College)

The Acquisition of Gender and Plural with German Noun Vocabulary

Matthew BOUTILIER (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
An Optative Origin for the West Germanic 2s Preterite

David O'Neil
(Purdue University)

The Story of History: Semantic Shift in the Language of Thought in Early English

Robert MAILHAMMER (University of Western Sydney) & Bruce BIRCH (Australian National University/University of Western Sydney)
Creoles/Pidgins as Black Box in Language Contact: ‘im in Australian Aboriginal English

11:45-1:15 pm



Workshop on L2 Vocabulary
Stewart Center 311

Stewart Center 313
Moderator: Elaine Francis

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Joseph Salmons


1:15-1:45 pm

Anna TENDERA and Charles WEBSTER (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän: The Effects of Instruction on the L2 Acquisition of German Compound Nouns

John SUNDQUIST & Fernando LLANOS (Purdue University) & Pablo SUAREZ (Madrid)
Tracking the Dynamics of Change in Jespersen's Cycle in Middle English

(University of Utah)

Wat ast mat I? - Lowering of Middle High German (I) in the Bitburger German Dialect


1:45-2:15 pm

(Purdue University)

Lexical Development in a Learner Corpus of German

(Purdue University)

Pronoun Choice as Self-Expression in Late Middle English

(Indiana University)

Dorsal Fricative Assimilation and opacity in Modern German


2:15-2:45 pm

Guido F. HALDER & Judith ATZLER
(Washington and Jefferson College)

OMLAD: A Novel Approach to the Issue of Foggy Pasta and Clever Walls

(Arizona State University)

The Reanalysis of Argument Structure: Changing Light Verbs

(Pennsylvania State University)

What the German Word Game Räubersprache Teaches Us about Syllabification in German

2:45-3:00 pm

Refreshment Break (Stewart Center 306)


Stewart Center 311
Moderator: Elly van Gelderen

Stewart Center 313
Moderator: Robert Channon

Stewart Center 314
Moderator: Marc Pierce

3:00-3:30 pm

Ailís COURNANE & Rebecca TOLLAN (University of Toronto)
Climbing Trees: Syntax-Semantics Alignment in Re-analysis of West Germanic Modal Verbs


(Oklahoma State University)

Prosodic and Syntactic Recalculation in West Germanic V3

Hyoun-A JOO & Lara SCHWARZ & B. Richard PAGE & Michael T. PUTNAM (Pennsylvania State University)
Mapping the Maintenance Versus the Merger of /a/-/ɔ/ in Moundridge Schweitzer German: The Role of Word Class

3:30- 4:00 pm

(University of Alabama)

Roles of Body and Related Person Terms to Fuel German Derivation and Grammaticalization

(University of Akureyri)

Embedded V2 in Faroese

Samantha LITTY
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Stop. Hey, What’s that Sound? Initial VOT in Wisconsin German and English

4:00-4:15 pm

Refreshment Break (Stewart Center 302)

4:15-5:15 pm

Plenary Talk: Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)
"If You Were Me, Would You Agree?"

5:15-6:15 pm

Society for Germanic Linguistics Business Meeting in Stewart Center 302

6:45-9:00 pm

GLAC Banquet Dinner in Purdue Memorial Union Room 118

Invited Speakers

Caroline Heycock - Photo

Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)
Professional Webpage:

Caroline Heycock has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania; since graduating she has been on the faculty of Oakland University, Yale University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Edinburgh, the last being where she has worked for nearly two decades. She has written on a range of topics in syntax, many at the syntax/semantics interface. In the last ten years she been focussing on Germanic, and in particular has a strong interest in the syntax of Faroese, a language on which she has had the good fortune to work in collaboration with linguists both in the Faroes and elsewhere.

Rex Sprouse - Photo

Rex A. Sprouse (Indiana University)
Professional Webpage:

Rex A. Sprouse (Ph.D. 1989, Princeton University) is Professor of Germanic Studies and Second Language Studies at Indiana University. His research focuses primarily on the development of on models of (adult) second language acquisition, including: Full Transfer/Full Access (Schwartz & Sprouse 1996), Full Transfer/Full Access/Full Parse (Dekydtspotter, Schwartz & Sprouse 2006), Deep Lexical Transfer (Sprouse 2006), and Direct Mapping from Acoustics to Phonology (Darcy, Dekydtspotter, Sprouse, Glover, Kaden, McGuire & Scott 2012). Sprouse's empirical studies of second language acquisition have typically involved the following as native and/or target languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, and Turkish. Breton, Danish, Icelandic, Italian, Swedish, and Welsh have also played a role in his work in syntactic theory and language contact.



Register Now

Pre-registration may be canceled and the prepaid fee refunded at no cost to the registrant, provided notification is received in writing or by telephone (followed by written notification) on or before February 1, 2014. A substitute from the original registrant’s institution or company may attend the conference. Purdue University is not responsible for costs incurred due to cancellation of the conference.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Union Club Hotel in the Purdue Memorial Union (adjacent to Stewart Center). Please call (800) 320-6291 or (765) 494-8913 for reservation. The Union Club will accept Master Card, Discover, American Express, and VISA charge cards. Conference attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations.

Restaurants are available in the Purdue Memorial Union, and in West Lafayette and Lafayette.

  • Continental Breakfast is included each day
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • Reception on Friday and Banquet on Saturday

If you drive, please park in the Grant Street parking garage across the street from the Purdue Memorial Union. All other campus spaces are reserved Monday through Friday. Union Club guests can park in the Grant Street garage at no cost with a bar coded permit obtained from the Union Club reservation desk. Permits will be available at registration for those not staying at the Union Club Hotel.

Purdue University is on Eastern Time and we do observe Daylight Saving Time.  Here are some helpful links to airport shuttles from Indianapolis and Chicago O’Hare Airports.

Lafayette Limo Inc.
An affordable and convenient way to travel to and from the Indianapolis airport

Star of America
Ground shuttle service between Purdue Memorial Union and Indianapolis airport

Express Air Coach
Ground shuttle service between Purdue and Chicago O'Hare Airport



John Sundquist

Department of German & Russian
School of Languages and Cultures
Purdue University
640 Oval Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Mary Niepokuj

Department of English Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Erica Wilson, Conference Division
Phone: (765) 494-7221 or (800) 359-2968
Fax: (765) 494-0567