Mark Richard Lauersdorf

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  • Associate Professor of Linguistics
  • Director, Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities
  • Co-Director, Linguistics Incubator for Collaborative Digital (LINCD) Research
  • Founder, North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS)
  • Linguistics
1663 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Office Hours (Spring 2019): by appointment


Ph.D. University of Kansas



Upcoming – Institute Faculty:  for Historical Sociolinguistics at the 2019 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of California, Davis in Davis, California, USA - 24 June - 19 July 2019.

Invited Specialist for digital research paradigms at the Digital Humanities Research Institute at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 08-09 May 2019.

NARNiHS @ the KFLC Research Incubator, at the annual meeting of KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, USA - 11-13 April 2019.

North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS) First Annual Meeting (as a Sister Society of the LSA), at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America (LSA), New York City, USA - 05 January 2019.

Invited Keynote Presentation:   "Data-driven corpus-based historical sociolinguistics = Digital Humanities ?" at the 43. Österreichische Linguistiktagung (ÖLT) 2017 [Austrian Linguistic Conference] at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in Klagenfurt, Austria - 07-10 December 2017.

NARNiHS Workshop:   "Texts as data sources for historical sociolinguistics" at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 46 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, USA - 02-05 November 2017.

North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS) inaugural conference, at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA - 21-23 July 2017.

Institue Facuty:  for Historical Sociolinguistics at the 2017 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA - 05 July - 01 August 2017.

Invited Keynote Presentation:   "Patterns in the Data, Data in the Patterns: Visual analysis in data-driven language investigation" for the DFG grant-funded international scientific network "Diskurse – digital: Theorien, Methoden, Fallstudien" in the Institut für Computerlinguistik at the Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland - 14-16 June 2017 [official announcement].


Research Interests

  • Historical sociolinguistics, particularly diachronic investigation of language normalization/standardization in language contact situations
  • Annotation and markup of digital historical corpora for historical sociolinguistic research, and the use of statistical and visualization software and digital technologies to create new interfaces for the presentation, visualization, and interpretation of historical corpora
  • Historical and contemporary sociolinguistics of Romance, Germanic, and Slavic contact zones
  • Indigenous minority languages (current focus on Western and Central Europe)
  • Language planning and linguistic legislation (current focus on Western and Central Europe)

Courses taught (at U of Kentucky and elsewhere)

  • Introduction to Linguistics I & II
  • Introduction to Language Study
  • The World of Language
  • Nature of the English Language
  • History of the English Language
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics
  • The Germanic Languages: Comparative History and Contemporary Structure
  • Ethnic, Linguistic, and Cultural Diversity in France
  • Slavic, Romance, Germanic and Classical Languages in Space and Time
  • Sociolinguistic Issues in Modern Russia and the States of the Former Soviet Union
  • Sociolinguistics of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Research Methods in Linguistics
  • Research Seminar in Linguistic Theory and Typology
  • Muster in Sprache / Sprache in Mustern: korpusbasierte Untersuchungen zu sprachlichen Patterns
Graduate Training

University of Kansas ( •• Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster ( •• Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz ( •• Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw ( •• Univerzita Komenského, Bratislava (

Selected Publications: 

Editorial Positions

Selected Print Publications


Edited Volumes:

  • Slovo a tvar v štrukúre a v komunikácii, special issue of Philologica (Zborník Filozofickej fakulty Univerzity Komenského) Vol. LXXII. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2013. 458 pp. (Co-edited with Gabriela Múcsková, Katarína Muziková, Zuzana Hargašová.)
  • Slavia Centralis Vol. 3, No. 1 and Vol. 3, No.2 (special volume: Papers from the 6th Congress of the International Society for Dialectology Geolinguistics (SIDG), Maribor, Slovenia, 14-18 September 2009). Maribor, Slovenia: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, 2010. (Co-edited with Mihaela Koletnik, Astrid Nahl, Marc L. Greenberg.)
    [ Full online access: Vol. 3, No. 1 and Vol. 3, No.2 ]
  • Slavic Sociolinguistics in North America, special double issue of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics, Vol. 17. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2009. (Co-edited with Curt F. Woolhiser.)
    [ Contents and Abstracts (html) ]

Articles and Chapters:

  • "Mobility and Borders, Proximity and Distance: Theoretical and methodological considerations for historical sociolinguistics", in: Mobility, variability, and changing literacies in Modern times, Anita Auer and Mikko Laitinen, eds. Special issue of: Neuphilologische Mitteilungen ???? (2018): ??-??.
  • "Linguistic Visualizations as 'objets d'art'?", in: Noah Bubenhofer and Marc Kupietz, eds. Visualisierung sprachlicher Daten [Visualization of Linguistic Data]. Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2018: 91-122.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Eugen Pauliny and Historical Sociolinguistics", in: Slovo a tvar v štrukúre a v komunikácii, special issue of: Philologica (Zborník Filozofickej fakulty Univerzity Komenského) LXXII. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2013: 243-249.
  • "Slovencina na zaciatku mladšieho predspisovného obdobia (15. – 16. storocie): Ked ani viac dát nestací" (= "Slovak at the Beginning of the Early Pre-Codification Period (15th-16th Centuries): When Even More Data Isn't Enough"), in: Varia XX. Bratislava: Slovenská jazykovedná spolocnost pri SAV, 2012: 391-394.
    [ Complete volume in PDF ]
  • "Slavic Sociolinguistics in North America: Lineage and Leading Edge", in: Slavic Sociolinguistics in North America, special double issue of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics, vol. 17.1-2 (2009): 3-52.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Protestant Language Use in 17th Century Slovakia in a Diglossia Framework", in: Peter Ženuch, ed. Život slova v dejinách a jazykových vztahoch. Bratislava: Slavistický kabinet SAV, 2003: 49-60.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Slovak Standard Language Development in the 15th-18th Centuries: A Diglossia Approach", in: Laura A. Janda, Ronald Feldstein, and Steven Franks, eds. Indiana Slavic Studies (Bloomington, Indiana), Vol. 13 (2002): 245-264.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Kultúrna slovencina administratívno-právnych textov zo 16. storocia. 'Co s fonológiou a morfológiou?' " (= "Cultural Slovak in 16th Century Slovak Administrative-Legal Texts. 'What About Phonology and Morphology?' "), in: Mira Nábelková, ed. Varia VII. Bratislava: Slovenská jazykovedná spolocnost pri SAV, 1998: 308-312.
    [ PDF download || Complete volume in PDF ]

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