News from our Alums: John R. te Velde (PhD 1988)

Submitted by Michael Neininger on
John R. te Velde

Since completing the requirements for a PhD in Germanics (dissertation on the syntax of German) at the UW in 1988, I have been employed as a professor of German, first at North Dakota State University (1987-1991), and since August, 1991 at Oklahoma State University, where I have been full professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures since 2006. From January to June 1999, I was a Senior Scholar at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft in Berlin, with the support of the Fulbright Commission. In 2006 I published a monograph (382 pp, John Benjamins, Amsterdam) on the syntax of coordinate structures in West Germanic languages. This past summer I completed a study supported by the Oklahoma Humanities Council on the contributions of heritage Germans to this state. In 1990 I completed a similar study, supported by the North Dakota Humanities Council, in that state. My current project is the documentation of Plautdietsch spoken in Oklahoma.