Dr. Christiane Zimmermann
Christiane Zimmermann holds a master and a PhD in Nordic Philology from Kiel University. She specialised in word formation and language grouping, with particular reference to the early stages of Germanic languages in her master's thesis, and in Old Norse word formation in her PhD.
Christiane Zimmermann's research interests include historical and comparative Germanic linguistics, Scandinavian language history, runic writing and literacy, and linguistic pragmatics; she belongs to the editorial team of the new edition of runic inscriptions in the older fuþark, which will be published in the deGruyter-series. She is also involved in a new research programme which is due to begin soon on Runic writing: "RuneS - Runische Schriftlichkeit in den germanischen Sprachen", which has been confirmed by the Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften. A Habilitationsschrift on speech acts, societal norms and saga literature (on the construction of normative systems in medieval Icelandic literature) is in preparation.
Christiane Zimmermann will teach the Structure of Classical Icelandic and will give some evening lectures.