Professor Gertrud Reershemius

Gertrud Reershemius

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Research interests

Multilingualism and language contact; language variation and change; lesser used languages (Yiddish and Low German); teaching and learning German as a second or other language, German-Jewish Studies.


After reading German Language, Literature and Theology I graduated from Hamburg University in 1987 with the degree of 1. Staatsexamen  (MA equivalent), completed a two year long teachers training course with 2. Staatsexamen (PGCE equivalent) and was awarded the degree of Dr phil (PhD equivalent) in Linguistics from Hamburg University in 1993. For my PhD I analysed spoken modern Yiddish in Israel. My research since then focuses on multilingualism and language contact, language and globalization, lesser used languages (Yiddish and Low German), teaching and learning German as a second or other language, and German-Jewish studies.

Teaching Activity


  • Sociolinguistics, with a focus on variation in the German-speaking countries

  • Introduction to language and communication
  • Multilingualism and globalization

  • Discourse analysis

  • German – Jewish Culture

  • Language contact and globalisation (MA level)

  • Introduction to Yiddish language and culture

Administrative Roles

Associate Dean for Research

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Languages & Social Sciences

Organisational unit: School

  1. Computervermittelte Kommunikation und Niederdeutsch?

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

  3. Valuing community languages

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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