LINGUIST List 30.3837

Thu Oct 10 2019

Support: German; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Germanic Linguistics: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 10-Oct-2019
From: Irmengard Rauch <>
Subject: German; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Germanic Linguistics: PhD, University of California, Berkeley, USA
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Department: German
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of California, Berkeley

Duties: Research,Teaching

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics
Germanic Linguistics
Required Language(s): German (deu)


Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Specialization

Applications for the academic year 2020–2021 are due by December 16, 2019. For information contact Thomas Shannon ( and/or Irmengard Rauch (

Germanic Linguistics Specialization: An Overview
Throughout its history the UC Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Specialization has been characterized by its trend-setting, forward-looking perspective. Thus, its inclusion in the early 20th century of research of California’s American Indian languages and of the first written grammar of Pashto. American Semiotics with its inherent multi-disciplinary foci was brought to the Western US through Berkeley’s Germanic Linguistics curriculum and its hosting of the first California meeting of the SSA, followed by its hosting of the 700 persons from 50 countries Fifth Congress of the IASS in 1994. At that time Dutch linguistics courses were established under the Germanic Linguistics Specialization. Interdisciplinary outreach to other Germanic and non-Germanic languages/cultures remains one of its hallmarks.

Pathway to Jobs, Placement
The field of Germanistics is well founded as a discipline which includes the hallmark scientific rigor provided by the Germanic Linguistics Specialization. Aware of the STEM goals, it imbues the Humanities with a scientific component that offers unique skills and tools for job placement. Given today’s evolving and changing job market, the Germanic Linguistics Specialization prepares and equips students for employment not only in Academia, but also in non-Academic positions, such as hi-tech, business, publishing. Germanic Linguistics 49 Ph.D. Placement statistics since 1982: Academe 33; Entrepreneurs 9; IT/Computer Firms 5; Law 1: US Government 1.

Course Offerings, Theoretical and Applied
Nineteen course offerings, including the open topic German 290 Seminar in German Linguistics, comprise the interdisciplinary Germanic Linguistics Specialization. It offers a broad range of courses in contemporary German and its dialects, in the historical Germanic languages, e.g., Gothic, Old Saxon, among others, and in the methods of German and Germanic linguistics, subsuming recent directions in theoretical and applied approaches such as cognitive models, corpus linguistics, natural language processing, semiotics, and literary studies, teaching techniques as well as in anthropological and sociological approaches which seek the cultural and social impetus for given changes as ongoing, for example, in the language of gender, age, ethnicity. The Bay Area German Project (BAG) offers the methods of linguistic fieldwork and socio-cultural, anthropological analysis of German as it is spoken by native and first-generation German speakers in the Bay Area

Public Forums
Participation in the biennial Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable, meeting since 1990, and in the annual Semiotic Circle of California, meeting since 1985, affords students forums to present their linguistic and/or semiotic research, and to initiate global professional contacts.

Student Funding

Applications Deadline: 16-Dec-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Irmengard Rauch

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