Dr Simon Pickl

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Queens’, where I am involved in the admissions interviews for Linguistics. I am also Acting Director of Studies in Linguistics (Michaelmas Term 2018)
I specialise in language variation and change with a particular focus on German. In the area of dialectology, I work with geostatistical methods in order to understand the geographic distribution of dialect features and how spatial patterns of language variation are shaped by geographical, political and societal factors. My work in the field of language history and language change includes a current research project on how German morphosyntax changed over time. In order to understand the dynamics of a changing grammar and the historical factors that influence it, I am working on a diachronic corpus of sermons which spans the time from the earliest records of German prose up to the 19th century. Finally, I am interested in the relation between speech and writing on a theoretical level as well as with a particular focus on how Standard German spelling and pronunciation were shaped and conceptualised during its standardisation in the centuries leading up to the most recent times.
I am a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow at the Section of German and Dutch (MML). I am currently pursuing my research project “Long-Term Grammatical Change in the History of German”, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust. I supervise occasionally for linguistic modules of German Studies papers.
Feodor Lynen Research Fellow
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  • Queens' Postdoctoral Research Associate