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Mark Richard Lauersdorf


Office Hours (Fall 2022): by appt. (exclusively via Zoom – remember that I am 6-hours ahead of Lexington).


Ph.D. University of Kansas



Visiting Researcher in the English Department, Faculty of Arts at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Fall Semester 2022 (17 September - 15 December 2022).

Visiting Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Summer Semester 2020 (17 February - 29 May 2020).

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.


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)

Research affiliations

  • Member of the SLICE (Standard Language Ideology in Contemporary Europe) research network at the Centre for Language Change in Real Time (LANCHART) at the University of Copenhagen (2020-present)
  • Affiliate of the Angus McIntosh Centre (AMC) for Historical Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (2016-present)
  • Regional Faculty Associate of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA (2008-present)

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
  • Language and Borders
  • History of the English Language
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Advanced Historical Linguistics
  • 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 (Dresden)
  • Social History of English [Družbena zgodovina angleščine] (Ljubljana)
  • English Histotrical Grammar [Angleška historična slovnica] (Ljubljana)
  • English Historical Linguistics - digital tools and methods [Angleško historično jezikoslovje] (Ljubljana)
  • Laboratory in Linguistics - corpus lingusitics
  • Advanced Laboratory in Linguistics - historical sociolinguistics
  • Advanced Laboratory in Linguistics - corpus approaches to sociolinguistics
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:

  • V zeleni drželi zeleni breg: Studies in Honor of Marc L. Greenberg. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2018 (appeared 2019). 410 pp. (Co-edited with Stephen M. Dickey.)
  • 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:

  • "Historical sociolinguistics and the necessity of interdisciplinary collaboration", in: Crossing Borders, Making Connections: Interdisciplinarity in Linguistics, Allison Burkette and Tamara Warhol, eds. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2021: 207-230.
  • "'Mobility' and 'borders' in historical standard language development", in: Mobilität und Sprache / Mobility and Language, Mareitta Calderón, Bernadette Hofinger, and Emil Chamson, eds. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019: 13-23.
  • "Historical (Standard) Language Development and the Writing of Historical Identities: A Plaidoyer for a Data-Driven Approach to the Investigation of the Sociolinguistic History of (Not Only) Slovak", in: V zeleni drželi zeleni breg: Studies in Honor of Marc L. Greenberg,  Stephen M. Dickey and Mark Richard Lauersdorf, eds. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2018 (appeared 2019): 199-218.
  • "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 CXIX.1 (2018): 21-38.
  • "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 ]

Selected Digital Publications

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