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I am organizing the conference Construcionist Approaches to Language Pedagogy 3 (CALP 3)  at the University of Texas at Austin, February 15-17, 2018. The call for papers can be found here.

Through a partnership with Brill Publishing, I’ve been able to organize a reprint of the famous 1968 volume “Directions for Historical Linguistics” (ed. by W.P. Lehmann and Y. Malkiel). The reprint will be presented at the Roundtable “New Directions for Historical Linguistics” at the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 23) in San Antonio, TX, July 31-August 4, 2017.

Ryan Dux (UT Ph.D. 2016) receives a prestigious Mellon/Volkswagen Postdoctoral fellowship to conduct research at the Institute for the German Language (Mannheim, Germany) during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Congratulations Ryan!

I am co-organizing a Special Session Roundtable “New Directions for Historical Linguistics” at the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 23) in San Antonio, TX, July 31-August 4, 2017. This exciting roundtable is the follow-up event to the Symposium “Directions for Historical Linguistics” held at the University of Texas at Austin in 1966 (organized by W.P. Lehmann).

I am co-organizing a panel on “The History of Texas German” at the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 23) in San Antonio, TX, July 31 – August 4, 2017.

Conference program posted for Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference 23 (GLAC). I am on the organization committee. The University of Texas at Austin, April 20-23, 2017.

I’m happy to announce that my Ph.D. student Annika VanNoy successfully defended her dissertation “Culture specific aspects of semantic frames in multilingual frame descriptions.” Congratulations Annika !!!

I’ve been invited to Southwest University in Chongqing (P.R. China) to give a series of lectures on Construction Grammar and Frame Semantics in April and May 2017.

I’ve been invited to give a presentation at the symposium Computational Construction Grammar and Natural Language Understanding, which takes place as a part of the Spring 2017 symposium of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University (California), in March 2017.

Invited session on “Linguistics at the University of Texas” at NAAHoLS meeting in January 2017. I’ll be co-presenting a paper on “Analog to digital: The Linguistics Research Center” (together with Todd Krause) at the joint NAAHoLS – LSA winter meeting in Austin, TX.

Maggie Gemmell (Ph.D., 2015), who wrote her dissertation under my direction, accepted an offer for a one-year long position as Adjunct Instructor of German in the Division of Humanities and Culture at Southern Oregon University. Congratulations Maggie !!!

Program posted for German Abroad 2 Conference. The program for the conference German Abroad 2, to take place at UT Austin (Nov. 2-3, 2016) is now posted online.

GLAC 2017 in Austin, Texas ! I am on the organizing committee that will host the Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference 23 in April 2017 (chair or organizing committee is my colleague Marc Pierce). Watch out for the call for papers some time in September 2016.

Invited Plenary Lecture at IDS. The Institut fuer Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim (Germany), has invited me to give a plenary lecture at their annual conference in March 2017.

Ryan Dux, who will be graduating with his Ph.D. in May 2016, just accepted a one-year long position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell University. Congratulations Ryan !!!

David Huenlich, who recently finished his Ph.D. on multiethnolects under my co-supervision, has accepted a position as junior researcher with the Institute for the German Language (IDS) in Mannheim, Germany. David will be involved in researching the linguistic integration of refugees in Germany. Congratulations David!

Plenary speaker at IWODA’16. The University of Santiago de Compostela has invited me as a plenary speaker for the Santiago de Compostela International Workshop on Discourse Analysis in October 2016.

Summer teaching at the Viadrina! In May and June of 2016, I will be participating again in the faculty exchange between UT Austin and the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. I will be teaching a class on language and politics as well as a class on language contact and language death.

Special Session on Language Change at the MLA. I am organizing a special session on “(Re)Living Language Change” at the 2016 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association in Austin, TX.

German Abroad 2 Conference at UT Austin! I am organizing the Conference “German Abroad 2” at UT Austin, from Nov. 2-4, 2016: “German Abroad 2: Perspectives from variationist sociolinguistics, language contact, and multilingualism.” Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 1, 2016.

The Chicago Linguistic Society has invited me as a plenary speaker for their 52nd annual meeting, April 21-23, 2016.

World premiere of “Texanische Liebeslieder” by David Hanlon with lyrics by Kathleen Kelly (on the UT Austin campus, August 28, 2015), based on transcripts of interviews stored in the Texas German Dialect Archive. We are thrilled that the interviews and transcriptions of the Texas German Dialect Project have formed the basis of such wonderful and inspiring music about German immigrants and their descendants in Texas. Click “here” for music clip.

The German news show Die Tagesschau (First Channel of German Public Broadcasting TV) airs a clip on Texas German, including an interview with me.

I have been invited as a plenary speaker for the conference Categories in Grammar at the FU Berlin, Germany, to be held July 2-4, 2015.

Our new book Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar was published this week by John Benjamins (editors Hans Boas and Francisco Gonzalvez-Garcia).

Together with my colleague Steffen Höder (University of Kiel, Germany), I organized an exciting workshop on applying constructional concepts to the study and analysis of language contact phenomena. The workshop was a part of the 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar in Osnabrück, Germany, in September 2014.

On October 25, 2014, the Texas German Dialect Project will host a public outreach event at Rudi Lechner’s restaurant in Houston (4:30 – 6 p.m.). The goal is to connect to Houston area supporters of the TGDP.

The Texas German Dialect Project is featured in a radio show by the “Deutschlandfunk”. Click here for the text, and here for the audio.

My former Ph.D. student Karen Roesch (UT Austin, 2009) accepted a job offer to join the Indiana University – Purdue University faculty at Indianapolis as Assistant Professor, Hoyt-Reichmann Scholar of German-American Studies, and Director of the Max Kade German American Resource Center as of August 1, 2014.

Together with my colleagues Stefan Engelberg and Kristel Proost, I am organizing a workshop on verb classes and valency at the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim, Germany (June 2014).

Together with my colleague Juergen Streeck, I initiated an official academic cooperation with the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim, Germany. One major research focus of this cooperation is Frame Semantics, specifically contrastive lexicography and Construction Grammar. Another one is language contact.

I have been invited as a plenary speaker at the conference “German abroad: variationist, language contact, and multilingualism research perspectives” to be held at the University of Vienna in July 2014.

Together with Steffen Hoeder (University of Kiel, Germany), I am organizing a workshop on Construction Grammar and Language Contact at the 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar, which will take place in Osnabrueck in September 2014. Click here for more details.

Dean Randy Diehl appoints Hans C. Boas to the Raymond Dickson, Alton C. Allen, and Dillon Anderson Centennial Professorship in the College of Liberal Arts at UT.

The Texas German Dialect Project is featured in the July issue of Texas Monthly. Click here for article.

The Texas German Dialect Project is featured on the BBC (click here) and NPR’s All Things Considered (click here).

I have been invited as a plenary speaker to the colloquium on “Contrastive linguistics: constructional and functional approaches” at the University of Ghent, Belgium, to take place in February 2014.

The Texas German Dialect Project is featured in a front-page story by the Houston Chronicle. Click here for article.

I have been invited as a plenary speaker to the 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar in Osnabrueck, Germany, to take place in September 2014. Click here to see the conference website.

The Texas German Dialect Project, which I founded in 2001 and which I am still directing, was featured in three major newspapers in Europe. Der Standard, Leipziger Volkszeitung, and Neue Presse Hannover.

Together with Ivan Sag of Stanford University I published an edited volume titled “Sign-based Construction Grammar” with CSLI Publications in Stanford. This book brings together research in Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Berkeley Construction Grammar. Click here to visit the website.

I have been invited as a plenary speaker at the Conference on Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. January 24-26, 2013. Click here to visit the website.

The Provost of the University of Texas has appointed me as Director of the Linguistics Research Center at the University of Texas, effective September 1, 2012.

During the summer semester 2012, I have been invited to teach a summer course on Language Contact in Texas at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

I have been invited as a speaker for the Languages Abroad Workshop on Heritage Language at the University of Gothenburg, Oct. 24-25, 2012.

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