Steffen Höder

Steffen Höder
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel | CAU · Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ISFAS)

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Introduction
I am Professor of Scandinavian Linguistics at Kiel University. My research focuses on usage-based construction grammar, language contact and multilingualism, historical sociolinguistics, language change, and areal linguistics. Currently I concentrate on Diasystematic Construction Grammar (DCxG) and my project on Grammatical Areality in the Nordic Countries and Northern Germany (GrammArNord).
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October 2019 - present
Kiel University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
October 2019 - present
Kiel University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
October 2013 - September 2019
Kiel University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 2005 - March 2009
University of Hamburg
Field of study
  • Scandinavian studies
October 2000 - July 2005
University of Hamburg
Field of study
  • Scandinavian studies, German linguistics, Phonetics

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Publications (74)
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This article discusses the role of intra-word phonological schematicity in multilingual con-structicons from a Diasystematic Construction Grammar perspective. It argues that, in particular with communities that use two or more typologically similar and/or closely related languages, many lexical elements (e.g. cognates) exhibit regular sound corresp...
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Die deutsch-dänische Grenze von 1920 durchschneidet heute einen traditionell mehrsprachigen transnationalen Kommunikationsraum. Der Beitrag stellt die sprachgeschichtliche Entwicklung Schleswigs im Kontext der Grenzziehung dar und fokussiert dabei die Frage, welche Auswirkungen diese auf den Wandel der regionalen Varietätenrepertoires im Sinne von...
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Mainstream grammatical theory and traditional grammaticography concentrate on single languages or varieties, which are conceptualised as pre-existing, distinct entities and analysed in terms of coherent, static, ideally variation-free language systems. This is in stark contrast to actual language usage, where various kinds of structural contact phe...
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Late medieval Sweden was a multilingual society. At least three languages – namely Old Swedish, Low German, and Latin – were in use, beside other regional languages. While the influence of Low German is easily detectable in all parts of the Swedish language system and has been investigated rather thoroughly from a historical sociolinguistic point o...
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Language contact always implies variety contact, but not vice versa. As a consequence, the investigation of areal patterns in contact scenarios cannot be based on standard varieties alone, but has to take non-standard varieties into account as well. While, in theory, this might seem self-evident, actual practice is often different. In particular, d...
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Tonal accent systems in South Jutlandic and Northern Low German dialects.
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Recent years have seen an increasing interest in applying Construction Grammar to additional language (AL) acquisition as well as in constructionist approaches to language contact and multilingualism, in particular Diasystematic Construction Grammar (DCxG; Höder 2018). This paper combines both perspectives by proposing a usage-based constructionist...
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The last few years have seen a steadily increasing interest in constructional approaches to language contact. This volume builds on previous constructionist work, in particular Diasystematic Construction Grammar (DCxG) and the volume Constructions in Contact (2018) and extends its methodology and insights in three major ways. First, it presents new...
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Georg Wenkers Sprachatlas des Deutschen Reiches är en klassiker bland äldre dialektologiska arbeten, och även modern tysk dialektforskning bygger i hög grad på Wenkers enkätmaterial från 1880-talet. Mindre känt är det faktum att materialet utöver tyska frågeformulär också innehåller data som dokumenterar minoritetsspråken som talades inom dåvarande...
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Steffen Höder is a Full Professor of Scandinavian Linguistics at the Institute of Scandinavian Studies, Frisian Studies and General Linguistics at Kiel University. He has a PhD from University of Hamburg (Scandinavian Studies) and his main research interest regards Language contact, Areal linguistics, Language change and variation, Construction gra...
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Famously, multilinguals are not multiple monolinguals in one person – nor do they have individual grammars for different languages. Diasystematic Construction Grammar, a usage-based constructionist approach to language contact phenomena, is built around the central insight that there are no language boundaries within the constructicon. It is a simp...
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Late medieval Sweden was a multilingual society. At least three languages ‐ namely Old Swedish, Low German, and Latin ‐ were in use, beside other regional languages. While the influence of Low German is easily detectable in all parts of the Swedish language system and has been investigated rather thoroughly from a historical sociolinguistic point o...
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Höder, Steffen. Forthc. Grammatical arealisms across the Danish-German border from a constructional perspective. In Horst Simon & Christian Zimmer (eds.), German(ic) in language contact: Grammatical and sociolinguistic dynamics.
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Die nordischen Länder gelten als gesellschaftlich progressiv, nicht zuletzt auch bei der Gleichstellung der Geschlechter. Dies schlägt sich auch im schwedischen Sprachgebrauch nieder. Der Beitrag skizziert das, was heute als allgemein akzeptierte Sprachpraxis beschrieben werden kann. Entscheidend für deren Akzeptanz sind dabei vor allem grammatisch...
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In traditional Scandinavian grammaticography, interjections are rather loosely defined as a word class and often understood as lying on the fringe of the language system, sometimes being described as para-linguistic phenomena rather than full-fledged linguistic units (e.g. Hansen & Heltoft 2011: vol. 1, 214; Teleman, Hellberg & Andersson 1999: vol....
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German and Danish share a long, complex, and multifaceted history of language contact (Fredsted 2009, Winge 2009, Höder forthc.). Besides other contact scenarios, societal as well as widespread individual multilingualism (in parts also including North Frisian) has characterized the linguistic situation in the territory of the former Duchy of Schles...
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While Georg Wenker’s questionnaire-based collection of dialect data in the 1880s has laid the foundation for pioneering work in German dialectology, most notably his Linguistic Atlas of the German Empire (regionalsprache.de), it is often overlooked that dialects of minority languages in then German territory were included in Wenker’s data as well (...
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Report on a study investigating Kiel University as a multilingual institution.
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Die Diasystematische Konstruktionsgrammatik (Höder 2012; 2014abc; i. Vorb.) geht in Anlehnung an moderne kontaktlinguistische Ansätze davon aus, dass das Sprachwissen Mehrsprachiger ein sprachübergreifendes Repertoire (Matras 2009, 308–309) konstituiert. Dieses Repertoire wird im Rahmen einer gebrauchsbasierten konstruktionsgrammatischen Beschreibu...
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The last three decades have seen the emergence of Construction Grammar as a major research paradigm in linguistics. At the same time, very few researchers have taken a constructionist perspective on language contact phenomena. This volume brings together, for the first time, a broad range of original contributions providing insights into language c...
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Plenary lecture, Construction Grammar: new advances in theor­etical and applied linguistics, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, 12. 5. 2017
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Höder, Steffen. 2017. „Variationssensitive Arealtypologie zwischen Elbe und Nordkap – Werkstatt­bericht zum Kieler Projekt GrammArNord“. Gastvortrag, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 24. 1. 2017.
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(zur Validität der südjütischen Wenker-Daten aus dem heutigen Südschleswig)
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Uriel Weinreich (1926–1967) was one of the founding fathers of both contact linguistics and sociolinguistics. Among his best-known works are his 1953 monograph "Languages in contact", his 1954 article "Is a structural dialectology possible?", and the seminal paper on "Empircal foundations for a theory of language change" (co-authored with William L...
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The contribution addresses the problem of reconstructing the spoken language of the Old Swedish period (13th–16th c.) on the basis of written corpora. It proposes two approaches: an operational one (via identifying specifically written features) and an indirect one (via fictional orality).
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Nordeuropa und Norddeutschland sind historisch von jeher eng miteinander ver-bunden. Politische, wirtschaftliche, soziale und kulturelle Kontakte haben dabei immer auch Sprachkontakte mit sich gebracht, die heute vielfach in sprachlicher Arealbildung reflektiert werden. Das Projekt nähert sich arealen Gemeinsamkeiten innerhalb dieser Region aus dia...
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Intersproglig kommunikation forudsætter en kodeoverlapning mellem to eller flere taleres førstesprog. Artiklen går ud fra, at denne overlapning ikke behøver at være så stor som mellem de fastlandsskandinaviske sprog, hvor interkommunikation har været etableret i lang tid som en kommunikativ praksis. I stedet for kan man også anvende begrebet til at...
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Die Kieler Arbeiten zur skandinavistischen Linguistik publizieren Arbeitspapiere und Forschungsergebnisse aus der skandinavistischen Linguistik am Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaf der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.
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Guest lecture, Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 4 June 2012.
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Usage-based CxG approaches share the central assumption that any grammar has to be acquired and organised through input-based abstraction and categorisation. Diasystematic Construction Grammar (DCxG) is based on the idea that these processes are not sensitive to language boundaries. Multilingual input thus results in multilingual grammars which are...
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Convergence, i.e. the increase of inter-systemic similarities, is usually considered the default development in language contact situations. This volume focuses on the other logical possibilities of diachronic development, namely stability and divergence – two well-attested, but under-researched phenomena. The contributions investigate the sociolin...
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From a global and historical perspective, multilingualism or at least multilectalism is the rule rather than the exception. However, linguistic theory continues to focus on the idea of a prototypically coherent, static, and monolingual language system. A more realistic approach can set out from the notion of ‘diasystems’, i.e. linguistic systems in...
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Convergence and divergence are usually defined as changes in opposite directions – convergence increases, divergence decreases interlingual similarities between two given languages or varieties. Additionally, convergence is often explained as the ‘natural’, expectable process in language contact, whereas divergence is associated with psychosocial m...
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This contribution claims that Modern Low German (as represented by North Low German dialects) is a rather prototypical word language according to the model provided by Auer (2001) and others. The interaction between syllable structure, stress, and phonemic alternations in different contexts is better explained as a consequence of word-related as op...
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Niederdeutsche Syntax aus nordeuropäischer Sicht 1. Dialektsyntax und Sprachgrenzen Während die Syntax in der dialektologischen Forschung traditionell eher am Rande vorkommt, hat das Interesse an dialektsyntaktischen Fragestellungen unterschiedlicher Art in den letzten Jahren spürbar zu-genommen. Dies zeigt sich etwa in den recht groß angelegten Fo...
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The synchronic and diachronic variability of historical texts poses substantial difficulties in the annotation and analysis of historical corpora. One main problem is that ongoing language change and particularly grammaticalisation phenomena lead to syntactic ambiguity. This contribution shows how such issues are dealt with in the TEI-based Hamburg...
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Language contact phenomena are often described with reference to their effect on the monolingual systems of the varieties involved, both in historical and in contact linguistics. This contribution argues that an essentially multilingual perspective on these phenomena is more adequate. Bilingual speakers in stable bilingual groups create a common sy...
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This volume presents discourse production in multilingual contexts as a specific type of language contact situation. Translation may be seen as the prototypical type of multilingual discourse production, other types would include parallel text production in different languages (e.g. for websites) or the production of versions more loosely connected...
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Das Niederdeutsche hat im 20. Jahrhundert massive Veränderungen durchlaufen, die sich in Zukunft eher noch verstärken dürften, und zwar vor allem im Hinblick auf seinen sprachsozialen Status, aber auch in sprachsystematischer Hinsicht. Diese Entwicklung hat im Wesentlichen mit dem hochdeutsch-niederdeutschen Kontakt zu tun. In diesem Beitrag möchte...
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Recent studies in typology and historical linguistics have yielded new insights into the geographical distribution and diffusion of linguistic phenomena. Within Europe, several linguistic areas of different types and sizes have been proposed and discussed, including a European area (Standard Average European, henceforth SAE). Such claims are largel...
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Language contact through translation (LCTT) is a particular source of contact-induced language change. While investigations into individual scenarios have shown its importance, major works on language contact have largely neglected this type of language contact. In particular, no attempt has been made so far at establishing general principles and m...
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Das Schwedische wird im Spätmittelalter zur Schriftsprache ausgebaut und zwar in einer mehrsprachigen Gesellschaft, in der Latein und Niederdeutsch einen prägenden Einfluss haben. Zugleich ist im Schwedischen dieser Zeit erheblicher Sprachwandel zu beobachten. Welche Rolle spielt der Sprachkontakt zum Lateinischen für die syntaktische Entwicklung d...
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„Subordination“, ein grundlegender Begriff für syntaktische Fragestellungen, wird häufig ohne genaue Definition gebraucht. Dieser Beitrag zeigt Möglichkeiten einer Operationalisierung für die Analyse eines altschwedischen Korpus. Dabei erlauben die gewählten Merkmale eine Annäherung an die Komplexität möglicher Subordinationstypen und -grade. Berüc...
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In the Late Middle Ages, when Old Swedish develops into a written language it acquires simultaneously several innovative syntactic features, such as new relativisation patterns. On the basis of an annotated digital corpus of Late Old Swedish texts, appositive relative clauses and the pronominal relativisation strategy are singled out as the typolog...
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Sprachen verändern sich im Laufe der Zeit. Gerade der Lautwandel ist seit dem 19. Jahrhundert in der historischen Linguistik intensiv erforscht worden. Wir verfügen deshalb heute über enorme Kenntnisse in der Lautgeschichte einzelner Sprachen. Aber wie können lautliche Verände- rungen adäquat beschrieben werden? Wodurch werden sie ausgelöst? Wie la...

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Das Projekt Aussprache lehren und lernen (ALL) zielt darauf ab, sprachübergreifende und sprachspezifische Aspekte der schulischen Ausspracheförderung für den praktischen Gebrauch aufzubereiten. Dazu werden Leitlinien und Methoden der kognitivistischen Ausspracheförderung herausgearbeitet und entwickelt sowie für den Einsatz im Fremdsprachenunterricht aufbereitet.
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GrammArNord analyses areal and contact linguistic relationships between Nordic and (North) German varieties from an areal and contact linguistic perspective. The aim is to develop an areal-linguistic database that includes languages and varieties in Northern Europe and Northern Germany with a focus on geotemporal referencing. This allows grammatical features to be analysed in their distribution in what is conceptualised as multidimensional communicative space and described in detail with regard to relevant contact linguistic scenarios. Website: https://grammarnord.de