Mark Richard Lauersdorf

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The Question of "Cultural Language" and Interdialectal Norm in 16th Century Slovak Administrative-Legal Texts. Defended 1995 (Chair: Marc L. Greenberg). Director of Language Learning Technology and Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Kentucky. Mark teaches courses in both general and language-specific linguistics, and is the director of technology-based projects for the departrments of Modern and Classical Languages and Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky. His current research interests are in historical and contemporary dialectology and sociolinguistics, especially language standardization, language planning and linguistic legislation - in both West Slavic (Polish, Czech, Slovak) and broader European (French, German, Norwegian) settings. He also works on issues of implementing academic technology in language pedagogy, as well as in research computing for the humanities. He is actively involved in numerous professional organizations for linguistics, Slavic studies and academic technology, and is webmaster and listowner for the Slovak Studies Association. (09/2005)

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