Curriculum Vitae

Joachim Grzega's

Research & Teaching Interests

The "keywords" to my research and teaching interests are Variational Linguistics (including diachronic variation), Comparative Linguistics and Applied or, better, Public-Oriented Linguistics. These include several topics (on which I have also put recommendations of websites into the internet). My dissertation is entitled Romania Gallica Cisalpina: Etymologische, areallinguistische und typologische Studie zu den appellativen Keltizismen in cisalpinen, alpinen und transalpinen Mundarten. It was published by Niemeyer (series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie). In my habilitation dissertation project I set up a typology of motives and processes of onomasiological change (with special reference to English).

I have group my interests into the following sections:
1. Eurolinguistics, incl. English as a Lingua Franca
2. Socioeconomic Linguistics (incl. didactic aspects
3. Onomasiology, Historical Linguistics, Etymology
4. Intercultural Communication
5. Austrian German
6. Contrastive Linguistics English--German (incl. teaching English as a foreign language)
7. Dolomitic Ladin
8. Variational Linguistics
9. Language Contact
10. Practical Linguistics, Linguistics for the Public (incl. didactic aspects)
11. Teaching at University, School, and Adult Training Centers

Eurolinguistics, incl. English as a Lingua Franca

With the introduction of European studies at the university of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt my interest in the history of European languages has vastly increased. Therefore, in July 2004, I founded the internet venue EuroLinguistiX (ELiX) (cf. also my opening article). On this platform you will also get access to the ELiX Wiki, which features my current Eurolinguistic projects.


Current Projects:

Socioeconomic Linguistics (incl. didactic aspects)

Socioeconomic linguistics (SEL) tries to contribute to solving societal problems (especially in the development toward a knowledge society--both on the national as well as on the international level (cf. also my SEL-Website)


Current Projects:

Onomasiology, Historical Lexicology, Etymology

Already since my high-school years, I've been fascinated by the destiny of words. With the results of cognitive linguistics, semantics is now again in the center of research interests. However, the focus is on the semasiological aspect, whereas onomasiology is rather neglected. It is this aspect that I would like to deal with in the next years. And it is therefore that I have recently founded, together with Professor Alfred Bammesberger, the internet journal Onomasiology Online (OnOn). The goal of this journal is a hugh data base. This data base shall enable convenient cross-linguistic comparisons of names for certain concepts in different languages. I would like to emphasize, though, that I consider it necessary to combine both semasiology and onomasiology. Such questions are already touched in my dissertation.


Intercultural Communication (incl. didactic aspects)

Since the majority of my students want to become language teachers themselves, I'm of course also interested in intercultural communication and the way how to teach it (cf. also my Basic Global English website). There has been carried out a lot of research on this issue and therefore I.m wondering which of the aspects and results are central for language teaching.


5. Austrian German

It is my aim to show (by empirical studies on various linguistic aspects) that Austrian German is a standard variety equal to German Standard German (GSG) and that Austrian Standard German (ASG) not only differs in a few words and pronunciation. So far it has rather been neglected that there are also differences on the level of language use.


Contrastive Linguistics English -- German (incl. teaching English as a foreign language)

This issue is interesting for me with respect to EFL teacher training, which is an important element in my university courses.


Dolomitic Ladin

Dolomitic Ladin is a group of dialects spoken in the Dolomites (South Tyrol) which is in danger of becoming an extinct language. It is commonly classified as part of Rhaeto-Romance. However, it should be underlined that Western Rhaeto-Romance, Central Rhaeto-Romance (Dolomitic Ladin) and Eastern Rhaeto-Romance (Friulan) distinguish themselves from other Romance languages not so much by common features, but rather by their degree of distance from Northern Italian. As I state in my dissertation, Rhaeto-Romance and the Northern Italian dialects should not be considered Italo-Romance; either they are regarded as being part of the Gallo-Romance complex or they are considered a separate Romance language group. In the realm of Ladin I'm especially interested in lexicological problems (diachronic and synchronic).


Variational Linguistics

Language Contact

Language contact is in the center of my dissertation (cf. above): the Celtic substratum in Cisalpine Romance dialects. Another subject that interests me is the influence of English on German and other European dialects.


Practical Linguistics, Linguistics for the Public (incl. didactic aspects)

As a researcher I feel obliged not only to pursue linguistic studies because of linguistics, but also to seek for the use of such studies for students or the common public. For that purpose I have created the website "Linguistics for the Public" (in German) where you will find sites by my students and myself that are written in a way that they can also serve as materials for school lessons.  (cf. also my SEL-Website)


Teaching at University, School and Adult Training Centers

In my courses I try to integrate all the above-mentioned ideas and interests. My courses are very democratic. I attempt to pursue the didactic style that is known as "Lernen durch Lehren" (= Learning by Teaching) (developped by Jean-Pol Martin). This means that my students lead a large part of my courses themselves. An introduction to my concept of teaching is given in the following articles

Here is a complete list of my publications