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I am a Germanic linguist, specializing in Second Language Acquisition, Variationist Sociolinguistics, and Historical Linguistics. My doctoral research examines the efficacy of widely practiced pedagogical approaches to language instruction and their effects on varying aspects of German Second Language Acquisition. As for my work as a Sociolinguist and Historical Linguist, I use variationist quantitative methods to examine Language Variation and Change. In this line of work, I am currently engaged in two long-term research projects. The first investigates intensification in Germanic languages, a project which involves the examination of a number of linguistic and social factors influencing the use and development of intensifying adverbs. The second aims to establish the use of a variationist framework in work on German variation and change by examining a number of linguistic variables using tried and tested Labovian quantitative methods.

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