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    English Linguistics


    Prof. Dr. Barış KABAK

    Professor of English Linguistics

    Office Phone and Email

    Room: 9
    Phone: +49 931 31-86519
    Fax: +49 931 31-85660
    Email: baris.kabak@uni-wuerzburg.de

    Office hours during the winter term 2021/22

    Starting from October 20, 2021, I am offering regular virtual office hours via Zoom on Wednesdays between 14:30-15:30 throughout the semester (Exceptions: 10.11.2021 between 16:15-17:15 and 09.02.2022 between 16:15-17-15). In each office hour, there will be four fifteen-minute slots available.

    You need a password to sign up for the virtual office hour. The password is Kabak.

    You should sign up for an office hour slot at least 24 hours in advance by clicking on the link below.



    Secretary: Karin Kernahan
    Phone: +49 931 31-81125 / -86587

    Research Interests

    Please, follow me on ResearchGate

    Phonology and Phonetics:
    Prosodic Phonology, Phonetics-Phonology Interface, Morphology-Phonology Interface,
    Syntax-Phonology Interface, Laboratory Phonology, Second Language Phonetics and Phonology, Speech Perception, Music-Prosody Interface, Prosodic Typology, Phonological Change and Variation

    Morphology and Syntax:
    Morphophonology and Prosodic Morphology, Agglutination, Cliticization and Morphologization, Word Formation (especially, Compounding and Reduplication), Morphology-Syntax Interface, Suspended Affixation, Bilingual Morphosyntax, Word Class Distinctions in Phonology, Syntax-Phonology Mapping, Word Segmentation

    Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Bilingualism:
    Psycholinguistic Aspects of SLA and Bilingualism, Second Language Phonology, Bilingual Grammatical Competence, Ultimate Attainment and Near Nativeness, Foreign Accent, Third Language Acquisition of Phonology, Cognitive Aspects of Multilingualism

    English Linguistics:
    English Phonetics, Phonology and Prosody, English Morphology and Word Formation (especially, Compounding and Blending), Non-native Varieties of English, Sociophonetics of English Varieties, American English Varieties with focus on their Phonology, Prosody and Morphology, Phonology and Prosody of Emerging Englishes, English as a Foreign Language

    Other Languages:
    Turkish Phonetics, Phonology and Morphology
    Korean Phonology

    Optionality in Bilingual Grammars (funded by Forschungsfonds der Philosophischen Fakultät I, University of Würzburg, 2014-2015).

    Nature and Dynamics of Prosodic Exceptions: Experimental and Cross-linguistic Insights (through the Young Scholar Fund in the framework of the Excellence Initiative, University of Konstanz, 2010-2011). Ph.D. Student: Yulia Lavitskaya

    Phonological Patterns and Subregularities in the Lexicon (within SFB 471 ‘Variation and Evolution in the Lexicon’ funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), University of Konstanz, 2006-2008).

    Acoustic, phonetic and phonological factors in non-native sound perception (AFF, University of Konstanz, 2008-2009)

    L2 Perception of German and English Sound Strings (AFF, University of Konstanz, 2007).

    L2 Acquisition of English Fricatives and Voicing (AFF, University of Konstanz, 2006)

    I am currently a professor of English Linguistics at the Department of English and American Studies at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg. From October 2018 until April 2021, I was a member of the University Board as Vice President for Internationalization, Alumni and Public Relations. I founded JMU podcast, the podcast of the University of Würzburg in 2019 (Click here for a press release about JMU Podcast and here for a Main Post article about it).

    Before coming to Würzburg, I worked as an assistant professor (Juniorprofessor) of English and General Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz (2005-2011). In Summer 2010, I became a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, which allowed me to have a research stay at the University of Oxford. During my assistant professorship, I substituted for the professorship of English Linguistics (2009-2010) and the professorship of Psycho-/ Neurolinguistics (2008-2009) at Konstanz.

    Before I got on the professorial track, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Special Research Unit 471 ‘Variation and Evolution in the Lexicon’ funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Prior to that, I taught various linguistics courses at the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, at the University of Delaware in the United States of America, where I was a graduate student (1998-2003), and a Competitive Fellow. I did my undergraduate studies in English Language Teaching and Linguistics at Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) University, Istanbul, Turkey, and at the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York, USA. I am a native of Istanbul.

    Courses in Winter Semester 2021/22

    Introduction to English Linguistics (Online), Mondays, 12-14
    Phonetics and Phonology of English (Online), Mondays, 16-18
    Twentieth Century English (in person), Wednesdays, 12-14
    American English: History Variation and Change (Online), Tuesdays 10-12
    Special Topics in Linguistics (in person, biweekly), Tuesdays 14-16

    Recently organized workshops

    International Workshop on Suprasegmentals in Acquisition and Processing 31 May-01 June 2011, University of Konstanz (with Bettina Braun).

    Phonology Workshop: Phonological Domains, Universals and Deviations (29th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS), Siegen, with Janet Grijzenhout).

    Discovering and Representing Phonological Patterns 10-12 April 2008, University of Konstanz.