Katerina Somers
Assistant Professor, German
Email: kisomers@wisc.edu

Languages: German, Old High German, Old Saxon, Gothic, Old English

Research/Language Interests: Historical linguistics, syntactic and morphosyntactic change in Germanic, orality and literacy in early medieval Europe, early Germanic verse

Education: B.A. in German and Political Science (1998), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A. in History (2000), University of Chicago; M.A. in German (2003), University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics (2007), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Courses: Old High German (Fall 2018); History of the German Language (Fall 2019); Gothic (Spring 2020)

Website:  katerinasomers.com

About Me:

I look forward to joining GNS as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2018. Much of my research so far has focused on the syntax and morphosyntax of early Germanic, in particular Old High German and Old Saxon. My current book project is a corpus-driven, philologically sensitive analysis of ninth-century German clause structure. In addition to teaching courses in historical linguistics and early Germanic languages and culture, I will enjoy offering courses on gender and language, the dialects of German and linguistics and poetry.

Selected Publications:

From phonology to syntax: pronominal cliticization in Otfrid’s Evangelienbuch. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag (2009).


“Syntactic echoes of pronominal cliticization and grammaticalization: the case of Old High German first-person plural -mes.” (with Mary Allison, Matthew Boutilier and Robert Howell). Transactions of the Philological Society (forthcoming 2018).

“Verb-third in Otfrid’s Evangelienbuch.” NOWELE-North-Western European Language Evolution, 71, 1 (2018) pp. 56-98.

“The intersection between syntax and meter in the Old Saxon Hêliand.” (with Shannon Dubenion-Smith). Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik, 72 (2014) pp. 83-134.

“The introduction and extension of the -st ending in Old High German.” Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 23, 2 (2011) pp. 41-81.

“A Phonetic Account of Anglian Smoothing.” (with Robert Howell). Folia Linguistica
Historica, 28.1 (2007) pp. 187-214.

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