George Walkden

English Linguistics state exam or MEd oral exam

For the state exam (Staatsexamen; GymPO) in English Linguistics, you need to fill in this form and submit it to the secretary's office in G 216 (during the pandemic, electronically is also fine).

For the MEd oral exam in English Linguistics, you need to sign up online using this form.

Deadlines for internal registration are:

  • For the spring exam: 15th June
  • For the autumn exam: 30th December

of the preceding year. Here also is some information on the possible examiners for English Linguistics.

Office hours (Sprechstunden)

See my entry on this page for my office hours. I only have office hours in teaching weeks; outside the teaching term, and when I am on research leave, please email me to make an appointment.

Lectures and seminars

In the summer semester of 2021 I am teaching the following course:

  • History of the English Language (Ling 172 SHE II). (ILIAS)

In Konstanz I have recently taught the following courses:

Winter semester 2019-20:

Summer semester 2019:

  • History of the English Language (Ling 172 SHE II). (ILIAS) (lecture recordings)
  • Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings: language contact in early English (SHE III). (ILIAS)
  • Early Modern English: emerging voices, 1500-1800. (ILIAS)
  • English Syntax (Ling 114) (with Julia Bacskai-Atkari). (ILIAS)
  • Forschungs- und Examenskolloquium (Ling 391). (ILIAS)

Winter semester 2018-19:

Summer semester 2018:

  • History of the English Language (Ling 172 SHE II). (ILIAS) (lecture recordings)
  • Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings: language contact in early English (SHE III). (ILIAS)
  • Morphology III: Morphological Frameworks (Ling 313). (ILIAS)
  • English Syntax (Ling 114). (ILIAS)
  • Forschungs- und Examenskolloquium (Ling 391). (ILIAS)

Winter semester 2017-18:

  • Old English (Ling 326). (ILIAS)
  • Syntax III: Minimalist Syntax. (ILIAS)
  • Germanic Philology and Corpus Methods. (ILIAS)
  • Forschungs- und Examenskolloquium (Ling 391). (ILIAS)

Summer semester 2017:

  • History of the English Language (Ling 172 SHE II). (ILIAS) (lecture recordings)
  • Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings: language contact in early English (SHE III). (ILIAS)
  • Morphology III (Ling 313). (ILIAS)
  • Historical Linguistics (Ling 321). (ILIAS)
  • Forschungs- und Examenskolloquium (Ling 391). (ILIAS)

Postgraduate research supervision

I'm always happy to receive proposals from graduate students who want to work on topics related to my research interests: historical linguistics, morphosyntax, and the Germanic languages.

I'm currently (2021) supervising a substantial number of doctoral students, however, so for doctoral research supervision you might want to look for someone who has more spare time and resources.

PhD supervision

  • David Diem: Multiple spell-out in syntactic doubling chains. (main supervisor; second supervisor is Miriam Butt)
  • Frederik Hartmann: The dissolution of Germanic unity: towards a new computational model. (main supervisor; second supervisor is Gerhard Jäger)
  • Tian Li: The development of Standard Mandarin and Standard Sichuan Dialect topic markers. (main supervisor; second supervisor is Regine Eckardt)
  • Gemma McCarley: Examining the Subject Cycle: null-subject loss among adult L2 Learners in AHLAs. (main supervisor; second supervisor is Georg Kaiser)
  • Raquel Montero Estebaranz: Beyond inventory size: the diachrony of gender systems in language contact situations. (main supervisor; second supervisor is Regine Eckardt)
  • Molly Rolf: Is case a ‘responsive’ feature in the Balkan Sprachbund? (main supervisor; second supervisor is Bernhard Brehmer)
  • Katharina Kaiser: wh-in-situ in French and Brazilian Portuguese. (second supervisor; main supervisor is Georg Kaiser)
  • Victoria Thomas (Manchester, 2018): Auxiliary omission in German embedded clauses from 1650 to 1800: a corpus study. (jointly with Kersti Börjars)
  • Henri Kauhanen (Manchester, 2018): Neutrality, biases and social network effects in language change. (jointly with Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and Tobias Galla)
  • Laura Arman (Manchester, 2015): The Welsh impersonal and passive constructions. (jointly with Andrew Koontz-Garboden and John Payne)

I am also involved (or have been involved) as external committee member in the supervision of Melissa Farasyn (Ghent, 2018), Espen Klævik-Pettersen (Oslo, 2018), and Tara Struik (Nijmegen). I have acted as examiner for the following dissertations:

  • Jordan Kodner (Penn, 2020): Language acquisition in the past
  • Christin Schätzle (Konstanz, 2018): Dative subjects: historical change visualized
  • Meta Links (Nijmegen, 2018): Correlative constructions in earlier English: clause structure and discourse organisation
  • Man Li (Newcastle, 2017): Fronting constructions in Chinese from synchronic and diachronic perspectives
  • Tam Blaxter (Cambridge, 2017): Speech in space and time: Contact, change and diffusion in medieval Norway
  • Hofa Meng-Jung Wu (Newcastle, 2015): The syntax of polar questions and their answers in Taiwanese

MA supervision

  • Marc Meisezahl (2019): Word order in subordinated clauses in the Surselva
  • Larissa Trescher (2018): The productivity of German plural markers: a diachronic approach
  • Andrew Wells (2016): Water metaphors in political discourse
  • Khawla Ghadgoud (2013): Jespersen's Cycle in Libyan Arabic and Nafusi Berber
  • Fernanda McDougall (2012): Linguistic variation and dialect levelling in the speech community of Barrow-in-Furness
  • Meredith McMurray (2012): A historical analysis of the verb 'to want'
  • Betsy Snider (2012): Variation in the -en/n perfect participle of irregular verbs in American vs. British English 1850 to 1999

Past teaching

Tartu 2019

On an Erasmus visit to Tartu in October 2019 I taught a minicourse on theories of language change. Drop me a line if you're interested in the materials.

EGG 2016

Looking for my EGG 2016 materials on V2? You can find them here: Verb-second

Email if you're interested in my materials on syntactic change or the introduction to syntactic theory.


In Manchester I taught the following courses:

  • Historical Syntax (LELA30961-2), including an enhanced MA version (LELA60691-2).
  • Introduction to Old English Language (LELA20091).
  • Language Change (LELA60052).
  • Introduction to Historical Linguistics (LELA10172).
  • Introducing English Grammar (LELA10041).
  • English Corpus Linguistics (LELA70472).

Resources complementing the Introduction to Historical Linguistics lectures can be found here.

In 2013 I was nominated by students, and shortlisted, for Best Humanities Lecturer at the Union Teaching Awards.


I also taught for several courses as a graduate student at Cambridge. These include:

  • 2011. Linguistics Paper LT13 (History of the English Language).
  • 2010-2011. Linguistics Paper LT4 (History and Varieties of English).
  • 2010-2011. Linguistics Paper LT11 (Historical Linguistics).
  • 2009-2010. MML Paper Ge1 (Introduction to the Structures and Varieties of Modern German).
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