B04
Register emergence and register change in Germanic

The main aim of this project is to study the emergence of registers in two early Germanic languages (German and Swedish) and to explore register change over time. The study will initially concentrate on individual authors with a comparatively wide range of text production, Notker III of St. Gallen for Old High German and Birgitta of Sweden for Old Swedish. This strict demarcation of sources will allow the study of the emergence of vernacular written registers twice under slightly differing conditions. Three research questions will be addressed: (i) How do new registers emerge in the history of German and Swedish? (ii) How do these newly established registers change over time, and, in particular, do they converge or diverge? (iii) How do register genesis and change relate to a shift of medium, from orally transmitted texts to texts written in the Roman alphabet, and in what ways are they dependent or independent of Latin transmission?

Members

Project leader

Prof. Dr. Karin Donhauser

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Project leader

Prof. Dr. Muriel Norde

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Members

PD Dr. Lars Erik Zeige

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Members

Phil Beier

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Members

Gohar Schnelle

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Student assistant

Celine Weisenfeld

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Contact

Prof. Dr. Karin Donhauser

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik

+49 (0)30 2093 - 9635