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Juliane (Schoenfeldt) Edenstrom will defend her dissertation entitled "Word Order in Spoken German: Syntactic Right-Expansions as an Interactionally Constructed Phenomenon" on April 16, 2009, 3-5 pm. in 3092-C FLB. Committee: Andrea Golato (Chair), Fred Schwink, Claudia Bornholdt, Numa Markee (Linguistics), Makoto Hayashi (EALC). The public is cordially invited to attend. For the abstract of the dissertation, please go to

The European Union Center is showing the Danish movie “The Substitute (Vikaren)” (2007) on Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm in English Building 160. The Substitute is part comedy, part thriller, part horror, part science fiction. When 12 year old Carl's regular classroom teacher falls victim to "salmonella poisoning", he and his sixth grade classmates are lumped with strange substitute teacher Ulla.  Her unorthodox teaching methods begin to cause problems, and withdrawn loner Carl doesn't  do himself any favors when he tries to convince his peers that Ulla's odd behaviour must  mean she's an alien. As Ulla slowly entrenches herself into the lives of her students and their families, the film becomes increasingly eerie as everyone begins to question her motives.

Professor Margret Selting from the University of Potsdam will present a public talk entitled "Emotive involvement in conversational storytelling - presentation of a project of the Cluster of Excellence 'Languages of Emotion' at the FU of Berlin" on Friday, April 24, 2009, 2 p.m., Lucy Ellis Lounge.  The event is organized by the IPRH Reading Group "Language and Social Interaction" and is co-sponsored by Linguistics and German.

On April 25, Prof. Selting will be meeting with faculty and grad students in a conversation analysis (CA) workshop as part of the Midwest CA Data Session. The Midwest CA Data Session, which attracts conversation analysts from surrounding campuses, will run from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge. Anyone interested in attending the Midwest Data Session please contact Prof. Andrea Golato,


Professor Laurie Johnson published a review of "Women and Writing in the Works of Novalis: Transformation Beyond Measure?" by James R. Hodkinson, in Monatshefte 101 (2009) 115-117.


Professor Marianne Kalinke presented a paper entitled "The Arthurian Legend in Breta sögur: Historiography on the Cusp of Romance" at the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America on 27 March 2009 in Chicago.


Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport has been awarded a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation for post-doctoral research at the Swedish Film Institute and at Film i Väst during the summer of 2009. As an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow, Anna will be pursuing her research on contemporary Swedish film and the Scandinavian film industry for a book on Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.

Weekly Departmental Activities

The IPRH Reading Group "Language and Social Interaction" will hold its next data session on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 5-6 pm in 4080-A FLB. Anybody with background or interest in conversation analysis is welcome. Contact info: Andrea Golato,

The Deutsche Konversationsgruppe meets on Wednesdays from 1-3 at the Bread Company on Goodwin Avenue. Come by for a relaxed opportunity to practice German. All levels are welcome. Contact:

The Middle High German reading group is getting together Fridays from 1-2 in the departmental library to enjoy various gems of Middle High German literature or at least textual material. All are welcome, levity is assured.

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