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Dr Simon Pickl

Dr Simon Pickl
Position(s): 
Feodor Lynen Research Fellow
Affiliated Lecturer
Department/Section: 
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 760 389
College: 
Location: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Simon Pickl specialises in language variation and change in German. He obtained his MA and PhD from the University of Augsburg, where he worked as a researcher in an interdisciplinary project on quantitative methods in dialectology and geolinguistics. He then took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Salzburg, where he worked on language geography and language history of German. From 2016 to 2017 he held a Senior Scientist position at the University of Innsbruck before returning to Salzburg in 2017. Since October 2017, he has been a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation / Isaac Newton Trust) at the University of Cambridge, where he works primarily on grammatical change in the history of German using a corpus of sermons from the 9th to the 19th centuries.

Research interests: 
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Geolinguistics
  • Written Language
Published works: 

​​Pickl, Simon (2017): Neues zur Entwicklung der Negation im Mittelhochdeutschen. Grammatikalisierung und Variation in oberdeutschen Predigten. Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur (PBB) 139/1, 1–46.

 Pickl, Simon (2016). Fuzzy dialect areas and prototype theory: discovering latent patterns in geolinguistic variation. In: Côté, Marie-Hélène / Remco Knooihuizen / John Nerbonne (eds). The Future of Dialects. Selected Papers from Methods in Dialectology XV. Berlin: Language Science Press, 75–97.

Auer, Anita / Catharina Peersman / Simon Pickl / Gijsbert Rutten / Rik Vosters (2015). Historical sociolinguistics: the field and its future. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 1/1, 1–12.

Pickl, Simon / Aaron Spettl / Simon Pröll / Stephan Elspaß / Werner König / Volker Schmidt (2014). Linguistic Distances in Dialectometric Intensity Estimation. Journal of Linguistic Geography 2/1, 25–40.

Pickl, Simon (2013): Probabilistische Geolinguistik. Geostatistische Analysen lexikalischer Variation in Bayerisch-Schwaben. Stuttgart: Steiner.

Pickl, Simon (2013). Verdichtungen im sprachgeografischen Kontinuum. Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik 80/1, 1–35.

Pickl, Simon (2013). Lexical Meaning and Spatial Distribution. Evidence from Geostatistical Dialectometry. Literary and Linguistic Computing 28/1, 63–81.

Rumpf, Jonas / Simon Pickl / Stephan Elspaß / Werner König / Volker Schmidt (2010). Quantification and Statistical Analysis of Structural Similarities in Dialectological Area-Class Maps. Dialectologia et Geolinguistica 18, 73–98.

Pickl, Simon (2009): Das Kochbuch für Maria Annastasia Veitin. Kommentierte Edition einer Kochbuchhandschrift aus dem Jahr 1748. Munich: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Rumpf, Jonas / Simon Pickl / Stephan Elspaß / Werner König / Volker Schmidt (2009). Structural Analysis of Dialect Maps Using Methods from Spatial Statistics. Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik 76/3, 280–308.