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Kurt Queller Senior Instructor in Linguistics, English, German and Italian


Kurt Queller comes to linguistics by way of a love of languages. Besides English, he is conversant in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Mandarin (with working knowledge also of Russian, Latin, Greek and Hebrew). His primary scholarly interest is in how words acquire new senses in particular discourse contexts, as hearers creatively infer meanings for utterances that were not expressly stated by the speaker, but which make sense in the given context. Secondary research interests include literary analysis of biblical texts, with a focus on how ancient authors use echoes of prior texts to create new layers of signification within their own texts. He teaches primarily upper-division linguistics courses within the English Department’s program in Teaching English as a Second Language, but has also been known to teach courses in history, religious studies, the freshman core and (of course) foreign languages.


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