Andrew D. Hoffman

I am a Ph.D. candidate, pursuing the German Linguistics and Language Science dual-title degree in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at The Pennsylvania State University.  I received my B.A. in German from Juniata College in 2012 and my M.A. in Linguistics from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2016.  My research interests lie primarily in the fields of German dialectology, morphosyntax, language contact, typology, and language documentation and preservation.  My most recent research focuses on Gottscheerisch (a German dialect formerly spoken in present-day Slovenia) and contact-induced language change as a result of Gottscheer emigration and expulsion from Slovenia in the 20th century and speakers’ subsequent contact with other regional varieties of German (in Austria) and English (in the US and Canada). I have also conducted research looking at Pennsylvania Dutch and Heritage Swiss German in the United States, as well as receptive bilingualism in foreign language learners. Much of this research has been conducted in conjunction with Penn State’s Language Contact and Attrition Lab, which continues to support this line of research.

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