FGLS: Officers

To coordinate activities, FGLS elects three dedicated officers.

Gertrud Reershemius - FGLS


Professor Gertrud Reershemius, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET
Gertrud Reershemius is Professor in German Linguistics at Aston University. Her main research interests are language contact and multilingualism with a special focus on Yiddish and Low German. Her PhD (Hamburg University 1993) examined discourse strategies and language contact in spoken Yiddish in Israel, based on extensive fieldwork. She has published three monographs in the areas of Yiddish and Low German studies. Recently, she headed the UK hub of a European project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation which analysed spoken academic discourse in Polish, German and English.

George - FGLS


Dr George Walkden, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL

George Walkden is a lecturer in the Division of Linguistics & English Language at the University of Manchester, where he teaches and researches in the areas of historical linguistics, syntax, and the older Germanic languages. He studied German and then Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, where the theme of his PhD (2012) was syntactic reconstruction as applied to early Germanic. He is also Associate Editor of Language, with responsibility for their Historical Syntax section. Since 2011 he has been involved in a major project to construct a Corpus of Historical Low German, along with Anne Breitbarth (Gent) and Sheila Watts (Cambridge), which has now received large-scale funding from the FWO. In addition, he is
interested in the diachronic and comparative syntax of
varieties of Germanic that are peripheral to, or external to,
the West Germanic dialect continuum.

Sylvia - FGLS


Dr Sylvia Jaworska, Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AW
Sylvia Jaworska is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Reading University. She completed her PhD in 2007 at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) in the area of language policy and language teaching with special reference to German as a Foreign Language. She is particularly interested in the use of tools and methods of Corpus Linguistics to investigate the lexical-grammatical development in L2 English and German. She also combines Discourse Analysis with Corpus Linguistics to study cross-cultural representations of various social phenomena (feminism, multilingualism, gender, nationalism, race) in commercial and media discourses including social media.