Mark Richard Lauersdorf

  • Associate Professor of Linguistics
  • Director, Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities
  • Co-Director, Linguistics Incubator for Collaborative Digital (LINCD) Research
  • Linguistics
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+1-859-257-7101
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Office Hours (Spring 2016): Wed. 3:00-6:00
Education

Ph.D. University of Kansas

Research

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Invited Presentation:   "Standard Language Ideology in the Slovak-Speaking Territory of Central Europe – controlling space and time, form and function" at the international Symposium "Standard Language Ideology in the Slavic Lands" at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center of Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan - 5-6 August 2016

Visiting Professorship:   for Corpus Linguistics in the Fakultät Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften - TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany - June-July 2015

Invited Seminar Presentation:   "Extreme Contact Linguistics: data-driven approaches to language history" in the Seminar "Neuere Entwicklungen in der Angewandten Linguistik" in the Professur fur Angewandte Linguistik - TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany - 24 November 2014

Invited Keynote Presentation:   "Linguistic visualizations as 'objets d'art'?" at the Herrenhäuser Symposium "Visuelle Linguistik Theorie und Anwendung von Visualisierungen in der Sprachwissenschaft" at Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany - 19-21 November 2014

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Current Research

I am beginning a large-scale international collaborative project with the long-range objectives to:

  • create a model of a digital linguistic corpus suitable for full-scale historical sociolinguistic investigation of diachronic language contact and language change phenomena; and
  • develop a set of investigative tools overlaying the corpus that will allow for quantitative/statistical analyses and a range of visualizations of the data drawn directly from the corpus.

The team assembled for this project includes colleagues from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States who are specialists in corpus-based historical sociolinguistics (working with a range of Germanic and Slavic languages) and specialists in quantitative/statistical analysis and graphic visualization of linguistic data. We are currently in the early development stages, including project planning meetings and preparation of applications for external funding.

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
  • 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
  • Muster in Sprache / Sprache in Mustern: korpusbasierte Untersuchungen zu sprachlichen Patterns
Graduate Training

University of Kansas (http://www.ku.edu/) •• Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (http://www.uni-muenster.de/) •• Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz (http://www.uni-mainz.de/) •• Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw (http://www.uw.edu.pl/) •• Univerzita Komenského, Bratislava (http://www.uniba.sk/)

Selected Publications: 

Editorial Positions

Selected Print Publications

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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:

  • "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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