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Mark Richard Lauersdorf

Research Interests:
Historical Sociolinguistics
Corpus Linguistics
Language Contact
Historical Linguistics
Digital Scholarship

Office Hours (Spring 2024): 5:00-6:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appt.


Ph.D. University of Kansas



Plenary Speaker at the Opening Workshop and Reception of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) grant project Visibilizing Normative Regional Historical Multilingualism: Ideology, Policy, and Practice (ViNoRHM) (04 October 2023).

Keynote Speaker at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS‑18) (24-26 August 2023).

Visiting Researcher in the English Department, Faculty of Arts at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Fall Semester 2022 (17 September - 15 December 2022).


Research Interests

  • Historical sociolinguistics, particularly diachronic investigation of language normalization/standardization in language contact situations
  • Annotation and markup of digital historical corpora for historical sociolinguistic research, and the use of statistical and visualization software and digital technologies to create new interfaces for the presentation, visualization, and interpretation of historical corpora
  • Historical and contemporary sociolinguistics of Romance, Germanic, and Slavic contact zones
  • Indigenous minority languages (current focus on Western and Central Europe)
  • Language planning and linguistic legislation (current focus on Western and Central Europe)

Research affiliations

  • Member of the SLICE (Standard Language Ideology in Contemporary Europe) research network at the Centre for Language Change in Real Time (LANCHART) at the University of Copenhagen (2020-present)
  • Affiliate of the Angus McIntosh Centre (AMC) for Historical Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (2016-present)
  • Regional Faculty Associate of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA (2008-present)

Courses taught (at U of Kentucky and elsewhere)

  • Introduction to Linguistics I & II
  • Introduction to Language Study
  • The World of Language
  • Nature of the English Language
  • Language and Borders
  • History of the English Language
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Advanced Historical Linguistics
  • The Germanic Languages: Comparative History and Contemporary Structure
  • Ethnic, Linguistic, and Cultural Diversity in France
  • Slavic, Romance, Germanic and Classical Languages in Space and Time
  • Sociolinguistic Issues in Modern Russia and the States of the Former Soviet Union
  • Sociolinguistics of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Research Methods in Linguistics
  • Research Seminar in Linguistic Theory and Typology
  • Muster in Sprache / Sprache in Mustern: korpusbasierte Untersuchungen zu sprachlichen Patterns (Dresden)
  • Social History of English [Družbena zgodovina angleščine] (Ljubljana)
  • English Histotrical Grammar [Angleška historična slovnica] (Ljubljana)
  • English Historical Linguistics - digital tools and methods [Angleško historično jezikoslovje] (Ljubljana)
  • Laboratory in Linguistics - corpus lingusitics
  • Advanced Laboratory in Linguistics - historical sociolinguistics
  • Advanced Laboratory in Linguistics - corpus approaches to sociolinguistics
Graduate Training

University of Kansas ( •• Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster ( •• Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz ( •• Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw ( •• Univerzita Komenského, Bratislava (

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The Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities (RCH), a research unit of the University of Kentucky (UK), brings together faculty and students from engineering, computer science, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences for collaboration on research projects in the Digital Humanities. The RCH provides physical and computational infrastructure, technical support, and grant writing assistance to university faculty who wish to undertake humanities computing projects, and it encourages and supports interdisciplinary projects among individuals and groups from UK and around the world.

  • If you are a scholar in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences at the University of Kentucky and are interested in digital methods, models, tools, environments, visualization, and presentation...
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How to Find Us

The main research facilities (Projects Office and "Digital Research Incubator") of the RCH are located in rooms 3-51 and 3-52 of the William T. Young Library on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The rooms are in Core 1, at the north end of the west side of the third floor of the library. See the Third Floor Map on the library's website (we're in the upper left corner).

Phone Numbers: Projects Office (Young Library): 859-257-9549 || Director's Office (Office Tower): 859-257-7101

E-Mail: Director's E-Mail: lauersdorf {at} uky {dot} edu

On the web:

Linguistics Incubator for Collaborative Digital Research (LINCD Research)

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LINCD Research (also known simply as "LINCD") is a venue where students and professors work alongside each other on research questions in linguistics - sharing ideas, data, information, tools, and resources as they follow their own individual investigations or join together in research projects in a digital-based research environment.

The collaborative lab environment allows all participants to directly share their knowledge and experience in theories, methods, and practices in linguistic research, while at the same time benefiting from the knowledge and experience of the others in the group.

The digital research environment allows participants to experiment with the latest tools and best practices in data extraction, preparation, analysis, presentation, and visualization in linguistic inquiry.

The LINCD Research initiative currently offers several different "flavors" of research-oriented programming under the LINCD Research umbrella. Click on each for details:

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Selected Publications:

Editorial Positions

Selected Print Publications


Edited Volumes:

  • English in Central Europe, special issue of ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, Vol. 19.2. Ljubljana: Založba Univerze v Ljubljani, 2022. 225 pp. (Co-edited with Monika Kavalir).
  • V zeleni drželi zeleni breg: Studies in Honor of Marc L. Greenberg. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2018 (appeared 2019). 410 pp. (Co-edited with Stephen M. Dickey.)
  • Slovo a tvar v štrukúre a v komunikácii, special issue of Philologica (Zborník Filozofickej fakulty Univerzity Komenského) Vol. LXXII. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2013. 458 pp. (Co-edited with Gabriela Múcsková, Katarína Muziková, Zuzana Hargašová.)
  • Slavia Centralis Vol. 3, No. 1 and Vol. 3, No.2 (special volume: Papers from the 6th Congress of the International Society for Dialectology Geolinguistics (SIDG), Maribor, Slovenia, 14-18 September 2009). Maribor, Slovenia: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, 2010. (Co-edited with Mihaela Koletnik, Astrid Nahl, Marc L. Greenberg.)
    [ Full online access: Vol. 3, No. 1 and Vol. 3, No.2 ]
  • Slavic Sociolinguistics in North America, special double issue of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics, Vol. 17. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2009. (Co-edited with Curt F. Woolhiser.)
    [ Contents and Abstracts (html) ]

Articles and Chapters:

  • "Slovak" (language overview) (with Gabriela Múcsková), in: Brill Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics, Marc L. Greenberg, et al., eds. Leiden: Brill Publishers. Online publication 2022, print publication anticipated 2024.
  • "Historical sociolinguistics and the necessity of interdisciplinary collaboration", in: Crossing Borders, Making Connections: Interdisciplinarity in Linguistics, Allison Burkette and Tamara Warhol, eds. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2021: 207-230.
  • "'Mobility' and 'borders' in historical standard language development", in: Mobilität und Sprache / Mobility and Language, Mareitta Calderón, Bernadette Hofinger, and Emil Chamson, eds. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019: 13-23.
  • "Historical (Standard) Language Development and the Writing of Historical Identities: A Plaidoyer for a Data-Driven Approach to the Investigation of the Sociolinguistic History of (Not Only) Slovak", in: V zeleni drželi zeleni breg: Studies in Honor of Marc L. Greenberg,  Stephen M. Dickey and Mark Richard Lauersdorf, eds. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2018 (appeared 2019): 199-218.
  • "Mobility and Borders, Proximity and Distance: Theoretical and methodological considerations for historical sociolinguistics", in: Mobility, variability, and changing literacies in Modern times, Anita Auer and Mikko Laitinen, eds. Special issue of: Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CXIX.1 (2018): 21-38.
  • "Linguistic Visualizations as 'objets d'art'?", in: Noah Bubenhofer and Marc Kupietz, eds. Visualisierung sprachlicher Daten [Visualization of Linguistic Data]. Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2018: 91-122.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Eugen Pauliny and Historical Sociolinguistics", in: Slovo a tvar v štrukúre a v komunikácii, special issue of: Philologica (Zborník Filozofickej fakulty Univerzity Komenského) LXXII. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2013: 243-249.
  • "Slovencina na zaciatku mladšieho predspisovného obdobia (15. – 16. storocie): Ked ani viac dát nestací" (= "Slovak at the Beginning of the Early Pre-Codification Period (15th-16th Centuries): When Even More Data Isn't Enough"), in: Varia XX. Bratislava: Slovenská jazykovedná spolocnost pri SAV, 2012: 391-394.
    [ Complete volume in PDF ]
  • "Slavic Sociolinguistics in North America: Lineage and Leading Edge", in: Slavic Sociolinguistics in North America, special double issue of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics, vol. 17.1-2 (2009): 3-52.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Protestant Language Use in 17th Century Slovakia in a Diglossia Framework", in: Peter Ženuch, ed. Život slova v dejinách a jazykových vztahoch. Bratislava: Slavistický kabinet SAV, 2003: 49-60.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Slovak Standard Language Development in the 15th-18th Centuries: A Diglossia Approach", in: Laura A. Janda, Ronald Feldstein, and Steven Franks, eds. Indiana Slavic Studies (Bloomington, Indiana), Vol. 13 (2002): 245-264.
    [ PDF download ]
  • "Kultúrna slovencina administratívno-právnych textov zo 16. storocia. 'Co s fonológiou a morfológiou?' " (= "Cultural Slovak in 16th Century Slovak Administrative-Legal Texts. 'What About Phonology and Morphology?' "), in: Mira Nábelková, ed. Varia VII. Bratislava: Slovenská jazykovedná spolocnost pri SAV, 1998: 308-312.
    [ PDF download || Complete volume in PDF ]

Selected Digital Publications

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