Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Ferdinand von Mengden
Room JK 29/206
during the term break:
Wed, 22 July 2020, 10-12 hrs
Wed, 12 Aug 2020, 14-16 hrs
Tue, 1 Sep, 10-12 hrs
Tue, 29 Sep, 10-12 hrs
I do not give out appointments for my regular office hours. Please just call
For the time being you will reach me during my office hours via Skype. Please call me at ferdinand.von.mengden. If I don't answer right away, there's probably a line. I will get back to you as soon as possible in the order of incoming calls. I thank you for your patience in case of some waiting time.
during the lecture period, Winter Semester 2020/2021:
(Sabbatical term) - Please make an appointment.
You'll find all relevant information on my assistance and supervision of the term papers for my classes in the respective Blackboard groups. Please check there regularly since some information may be subject to revision. Thank you.
In the winter term 2020/21 I'll be on a sabbatical and I won't give any classes. I will remain available for the supervision of Master's and Bachelor's theses.
Key research interests
theory of language and language ideologies
language variation and change
linguistic diversity, particularly in urban spaces
history of linguistics
history of English and Germanic languages
cardinal numerals and numeral systems
2010. Cardinal Numerals: Old English from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Topics in English Linguistics 67. Berlin; New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
2019. With Theresa Heyd & Britta Schneider. The Sociolinguistic Economy of Berlin: Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Language, Diversity and Social Space. Language and Social Life 17. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter.
2014. With Horst Simon. Refining Grammaticalization. Special issue of Folia Linguistica 48,2.2014.
2014. With Evie Coussé. Usage-Based Approaches to Language Change. Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 69. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: Benjamins.
2006. With Andrew James Johnston and Stefan Thim. Language and Text: Current Perspectives on English and Germanic Historical Linguistics. Anglistische Forschungen 359. Heidelberg: Winter.
accepted for publication
With Britta Schneider: Modern Linguistics – A Case of Methodological Nationalism? Language, History, Ideology: The Use and Misuse of Historical-Comparative Linguistics.Edited by Camiel Hamans and Hans-Heinrich Hock. Oxford: OUP.
published (peer reviewed)
2019. With Britta Schneider & Theresa Heyd: The sociolinguistic economy of Berlin: cosmopolitan perspectives on language, diversity and social space. In: The Sociolinguistic Economy of Berlin: Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Language, Diversity and Social Space. Edited by Theresa Heyd, Ferdinand von Mengden, Britta Schneider. Language and Social Life 17. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter. 1-18.
2018. With Anneliese Kuhle: Recontextualization: The Dynamics of Language Behavior and Change. In: The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference, Toruń, Poland, 2018. Edited by Christine Cuskley et al. Toruń: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. 232-4.
2017. Old English: Overview. In: The History of English. Volume 2: Old English. Edited by Laurel J. Brinton and Alexander Bergs. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. 32-49.
2017. Old English: Morphology. In: The History of English. Volume 2: Old English. Edited by Laurel J. Brinton and Alexander Bergs. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. 73-99.
2016. Functional changes and (meta-)linguistic evolution. Exaptation and Language Change. Edited by Muriel Norde and Freek Van de Velde. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory. Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science 336. Amsterdam; Philadelphia, Pa.: Benjamins. 121-62.
2014. With Horst Simon: What is it then, this grammaticalization? In Refining Grammaticalization. Special Issue of Folia Linguistica 48,2, ed. Ferdinand von Mengden & Horst Simon. 1-14
2014. With Evie Coussé: The role of change in usage-based conceptions of language. In Usage-based Approaches to Language Change. Ed. Evie Coussé & Ferdinand von Mengden. Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 69. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: Benjamins. 1-19
2011. Ablaut or Transfixation? – On the Old English Strong Verbs. In More Than Words: (English) Lexicography and Lexicology Past and Present. Edited by Renate Bauer and Ulrike Krischke. Münchener Universitätsschriften. Texte und Untersuchungen zur Englischen Philologie 36. Frankfurt/M: Lang. 123-39.
2008. Reconstructing complex structures: a typological perspective. In: Principles of Syntactic Reconstruction. Edited by Gisella Ferraresi and Maria Goldbach. Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science. Series IV: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 302. Amsterdam; Philadelphia, Pa.: Benjamins. 97-119.
2008. The grammaticalization cline of cardinal numerals and numeral systems. In: Rethinking Grammaticalization: New Perspectives. Edited by María José Lòpez-Couso and Elena Seoane in collaboration with Teresa Fanego. Typological Studies in Language 76. Amsterdam; Philadelphia, Pa.: Benjamins. 289-309.
2006. The Peculiarities of the Old English Numeral system. In Medieval English and its heritage: structure, meaning and mechanisms of change. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of English Historical Linguistics, Vienna, August 2004. Ed. Nikolaus Ritt et al. Frankfurt/M. et al.: Lang. 125-45.
2006. Modern English Numerals in the Old English Orosius. In Language and Text: Current Perspectives on English and Germanic Historical Linguistics. Ed. Andrew James Johnston, Ferdinand von Mengden and Stefan Thim. Heidelberg: Winter. 225-239.
2005. How Myths Persist: Jacob Grimm, the Long Hundred and Duodecimal Counting. English Linguistics and Medieval Studies: Positions – Perspectives – New Approaches, ed. by Gabriele Knappe. University of Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics 48. Frankfurt/M: Lang. 201-221.