Mag. Dr. Lotte Sommerer
T: +43-1-4277-42402

News: OFFICE HOUR during the SUMMER:
ONLY by appointment - please contact me via email
personal office hours (face to face or online via skype) are possible during the following weeks
20.-24.7
03.-07.8
24.-28.8

Consultation hours: OFFICE HOUR during the SUMMER:
ONLY by appointment - please contact me via email
personal office hours (face to face or online via skype) are possible during the following weeks
20.-24.7
03.-07.8
24.-28.8

Summer term 2020

Sommerer, L. (2020). Constructionalization, constructional competition and constructional death: investigating the demise of Old English POSS DEM constructions. In L. Sommerer, & E. Smirnova (Eds.), Nodes and Networks.Advances in Diachronic Construction Grammar (pp. 70-103). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Constructional Approaches to Language

Sommerer, L. (2020). Day to day and night after night: temporal NPN constructions in English. Manuscript submitted for publication. In L. Sommerer, & E. Keizer (Eds.), English Noun Phrases from a Functional-cognitive Perspective: Current issues John Benjamins Publishing Company. Studies in Language Companion Series
Submitted

Smirnova, E., & Sommerer, L. (2020). Introduction: The nature of the node and the network - Open questions in Diachronic Construction Grammar. In Nodes and Networks in Diachronic Construction Grammar (pp. 2-42). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Constructional Approaches to Language




Sommerer, L. (2018). Article Emergence in Old English. A Constructionalist Perspective. De Gruyter Mouton. Topics in English Linguistics, Vol.. 99



Sommerer, L. (2016). Investigating the acquisition of perfective aspect in the German EFL classroom – a constructional sketch. In D. Lindner, R. Beer, S. Gabriel, & T. Krobath (Eds.), Dialog Forschung. Forschungsband 2015. : Schriften der Kirchlichen Pädagogischen Hochschule Wien/Krems, Band 12 (Vol. 12, pp. 157-168). LIT Verlag.

Sommerer, L., Smirnova, E., Gildea, S., & Barðdal, J. (Eds.) (2015). Diachronic Construction Grammar. John Benjamins Publishing Company. Constructional Approaches to Language, Vol.. 18

Sommerer, L. (2015). The influence of constructions in grammaticalization: Revisiting category emergence and the development of the definite article in English. In J. Barðdal, E. Smirnova, L. Sommerer, & S. Gildea (Eds.), Diachronic Construction Grammar (Vol. 18, pp. 107-138). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Constructional Approaches to Language, Vol.. 18 https://doi.org/10.1075/cal.18.04som

Sommerer, L. (2012). Analogical Transfer in Old English Syntax. Article emergence caused by pattern recognition and transfer. In Transfer in English Studies (Vol. Volume 100, pp. 259-285). Wilhelm Braumüller Universitätsverlag.



Kazmierski, K., Ritt, N., Sommerer, L., Illes, T., & Lutzky, U. (Eds.) (2010). HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS IN THE MODERN PHILOLOGIES. Unknown publisher. VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers



Curriculum Vitae

Lotte Sommerer studied English at the University of Vienna and the University of Toronto, Canada.

From February 2006 to April 2013, Lotte Sommerer was working as a pre-doc at the English department in the field of English historical linguistics (NatSide research team/ Prof.Dr. Nikolaus Ritt). From 2008 to 2010, she additionally taught at the University of Applied Science, bfi (HR Management).

In 2011, she defended her Phd thesis (supervisors Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Ritt/Prof. Dr. Olga Fischer) on nominal determination and category emergence in Old English.

From 2013 to 2016, Lotte Sommerer was working as a senior lecturer at the University College of Teacher Education Wien/Krems (KPH Wien/Krems) teaching English linguistics. Since September 2016, she has returned to the University of Vienna as a post-doc researcher.

She is currently a member of the FunCog research team (Prof.Dr. Evelien Keizer) at the English Department and works on morphosyntactic variation and change in Old, Middle and Present Day English syntax. She subscribes to a usage-based constructional model of grammar (UCCxG).

Research Interests

Morphosyntactic Variation and Change
Theoretical modelling of Grammar
(Diachronic) Usage-based Cognitive Construction Grammar
Noun Phrase structure
Nominal determination
Gradience, Categorization & Constructionalization
Grammaticalization & Lexicalization
Lexicon-Grammar Interface
Cognitive Linguistics
First Language Acquisition
Evolution of Language

Teaching (selected)

BA VO - Language Analysis
BA VO - Introduction to English Linguistics (ENGLING)
MA VO - Communication, Code & Culture
MA AG - Debating Linguistic Controversies
BA Linguistics Seminar/BA Paper - Introduction to Construction Grammar
BA Linguistics Seminar/BA Paper - Collocations & Colligations in English
BA Linguistics Seminar/BA Paper - The English Noun Phrase
BA PS 2 - Variation and Change in Present Day English Syntax
BA PS 2 - Lexicalization and Grammaticalization
BA PS 2 - Mechanisms of Language Change
BA PS1 - Syntax

Supervision of MA thesis (topics)

(Diachronic) Construction Grammar
Syntactic variation and change in Present Day English
Grammaticalization/ Lexicalization
Usage-based Corpus Studies
The English Noun Phrase
Cognitive Linguistics

How to model paradigmatic knowledge in DCxG: the case of Middle English som(e) and its development into an indefinite article

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
24 Aug 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Let's talk face to face about NPN constructions in English

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
12 Jul 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Constructionalization and network reconfiguration: investigating OE NP ecology and the development of the article system

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


A constructional perspective on the development of the English article system

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
12 Feb 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


'An introduction to Usage-based Cognitive Construction Grammar

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
12 Feb 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Some thoughts on some functions of som(e) in Middle English

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker), Klaus Hofmann (Speaker)
6 Feb 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Article emergence in Old English: cognitive factors in language change

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
Sep 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Constructional death – investigating the demise of ‘Poss+Dem constructions’ in Old English

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Constructionalization and constructional competition: investigating Old English NP ecology and the development of the indefinite article

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
Aug 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Layering as a long-term effect of asymmetric priming

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker), Andreas Baumann (Speaker)
Jul 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Present perfect constructions and their marginalization in learner language: a constructionist approach to foreign language teaching

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
Jul 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science





'Investigating the acquisition of perfective aspect in the German EFL classroom - a constructional sketch

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
6 Dec 20148 Dec 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


What (Diachronic) Construction Grammar can tell us teaching and learning perfective aspect in the German EFL classroom?

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
3 Sep 20146 Sep 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Category emergence and the development of articles in Old English

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
28 Nov 201229 Nov 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


'A constructional perspective on the development of the indefinite article in English.'

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
29 Sep 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


'Revisiting the dem poss construction: the co-occurrence of determinatives in the OE NP'

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
20 Aug 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther




Analogical Transfer in Old English Syntax: Article Emergence caused by Formal Pattern Recognition and Transfer

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
15 Apr 2011

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


...investigating bare common nouns in definite contexts in Old English

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
23 Aug 2010

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Historische Sprachwissenschaft an der Anglistik Wien

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
7 Dec 2009

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Historische Linguistik in den Modernen Philologien

Lotte Sommerer (Contributor)
5 Dec 2009

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


'DP in Old English? Category emergence, noun phrase typology and multi-level frequency effects'.

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
2 Oct 2009

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther



Getting going on a path: Old English noun phrase typology and the emergence of the definite article THE

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
16 Jul 2008

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther



Languages as Darwinian cultural systems: optimality, evolutionary stability, and human interest

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
17 Jul 2006

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


The emergence of THE as a definite article in Late Old English: an evolutionary connectionist perspective

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
21 Jun 2006

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Grammatikalisierung aus historisch-konnektionistischer Perspektive: Demonstrativa im frühen Englisch

Lotte Sommerer (Speaker)
29 Oct 2005

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Department of English and American Studies

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