Department ofGermanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Michael Putnam

Michael Putnam

Professor of German and Linguistics
Director, Program in Linguistics & Associate Director, Center for Language Science
Germanic Linguistics, Morphology, Syntax, Multilingualism, Language Contact

239 Burrowes Building



Ph.D. University of Kansas, 2006
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Prof. Putnam’s research seeks to achieve a better understanding of the structural properties of languages in bi/multilingual populations. In a nutshell, his research explores how elements of sound, meaning, and structure intersect and combine with another from a combination of formal and experimental perspectives. Prof. Putnam has a special interest for the acquisition and development of heritage varieties of Germanic languages (and dialects), i.e., those that are spoken outside of their European/Scandinavian area of origin. Some of his most recent work explores the morphology and syntax of heritage varieties such as North and Latin American Norwegian and Pennsylvania Dutch. Prof. Putnam is director of the reading and research group Morphology & Syntax Syndicate at Penn State, and its student-oriented group Multilingual Morphology (MultiMorph).