About us

Prof. Dr. Muriel Norde

Muriel Norde studied Scandinavian languages and general linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. She was awarded her PhD in 1997 for a thesis entitled The history of the genitive in Swedish. A case study in degrammaticalization. After two postdoctoral projects (financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences respectively), she accepted a position as senior lecturer at the University of Groningen, where she was appointed full professor in 2008. Since 2013, she is Professor of Scandinavian Linguistics at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Her research focuses on morphological and syntactic change in the Germanic languages, primarily North Germanic and Dutch. She published a monograph on degrammaticalization in 2009 (OUP), and a collective volume on exaptation and languages change (co-edited with Freek Van de Velde; Benjamins). She is currently working on a textbook on Diachronic Construction Morphology, using data from both synchronic and diachronic corpora.

Dr. Karin Beijering

Karin Beijering studied Scandinavian Languages and Cultures (specialization: Norwegian language and linguistics) and Linguistics (Research master) at the University of Groningen and the University of Tromsø. She received her PhD from the University of Groningen in 2012. Her dissertation, entitled Expressions of epistemic modality in Mainland Scandinavian: a study into the lexicalization-grammaticalization-pragmaticalization interface, investigates the rise of epistemic expressions in relation to different types of language change, viz. lexicalization, grammaticalization and pragmaticalization and develops a clustering approach to language change. Currently she is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at the University of Antwerp working on a project about semi-insubordination. The project focusses on comparative analyses of the grammatical, semantic and discursive properties of semi-insubordinate clauses in Dutch and Norwegian.

Seda Gerehan

Seda Gerehan studies Linguistics at the Humboldt-University Berlin and works as a student assistant on the 'Clusters of Change' project. She has worked at the Center General Linguistics (ZAS, Berlin) carrying out studies on multilingualism and language disorders as well as at the Humboldt-University Berlin lecturing introduction courses into Linguistics and the methodology of empirical science.

Former contributors

Christian Ebert

Christian Ebert studies Historical Linguistics at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and worked as a student assistant on the 'Clusters of Change' project from October 2015 to March 2017. From August 2014 to July 2016, he also worked as a student assistant on the project on information structure in complexe sentences by Rosemarie Lühr. In 2014 he finished his BA studies of Historical Linguistics (specialization: Indo-European Linguistics) and Gender Studies with a thesis entitled Methods of research on the substrate lexicon in Germanic.