Professor Gertrud K Reershemius

Gertrud K Reershemius

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Research interests

Multilingualism and language contact; language variation and change; lesser used languages (Yiddish and Low German).


I graduated from Hamburg University, completed a two year long teachers training course and was awarded the degree of Dr phil (PhD equivalent) in Linguistics from Hamburg University. For my PhD I analysed spoken modern Yiddish. My research since then focuses on multilingualism and language contact, language and globalization, lesser used languages (Yiddish and Low German).

Teaching Activity


  • Sociolinguistics

  • Introduction to language and communication
  • Multilingualism and globalization

  • Discourse analysis

  • Language contact and globalisation (MA level)

  • Introduction to Yiddish language and culture

Administrative Roles

Dean of Aston Graduate School

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Languages & Social Sciences

Organisational unit: School

  1. Computervermittelte Kommunikation und Niederdeutsch?

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  3. Valuing community languages

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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