B. Richard Page

B. Richard Page

Associate Professor of German and Linguistics

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of the Liberal Arts

Germanic linguistics; historical phonology; Pennsylvania German

118 Sparks Building


  1. Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
  2. M.A. in German literature, Vanderbilt University, 1989
  3. J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
  4. B.A. Davidson College, 1983


Dr. Page is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of linguistics, German, and Pennsylvania German culture. His research interests include older Germanic dialects, historical linguistics, language change, language contact, Pennsylvania German, and phonology. He has published articles on Germanic linguistics in a variety of journals including Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und LiteraturDiachronicaJournal of Germanic Linguistics, and Lingua. Aaron D. Rubin and he are co-editors of Studies in Classical Linguistics in Honor of Philip Baldi (Brill, 2010). In addition, he has worked with Julia Kasdorf, Joshua Brown, the Mifflin County Mennonite Historical Society and Penn State University Libraries to collect oral histories of Pennsylvania German Anabaptists in nearby Big Valley. Michael T. Putnam and he are co-editors of the Moribund Germanic Heritage Languages in North America (Brill, 2015) and of the Cambridge Handbook of Germanic Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). He is also co-editor of the book series Studies in Germanic Linguistics (Johns Benjamins).