Prof. Dr. Judith Huber

Department of English and American Studies
Juniorprofessur für Englische Linguistik, insbesondere historische Linguistik und Variationslinguistik

Room: Room C4A4
Bismarckstr. 1
91054 Erlangen

Office hours

Office Hours (summer term 2019):
Wed 12:00-13:00
off term:
by arrangement

Office hours by arrangement.

Research interests:

language variation and change; historical syntax and lexicology; cognitive linguistics; language contact

Student information:

Sie studieren Gymnasiallehramt und überlegen, das sprachwissenschaftliche Examen im Fach Englisch in Alt- oder Mittelenglisch zu schreiben? Hier einige hilfreiche Hinweise.

  • Hauptseminar: English Historical Pragmatics (Judith Huber)
  • Lektürekurs: Communicative Patterns of the Past (Lektürekurs und Übung zum Hauptseminar, Judith Huber)
  • Examenskurs Linguistik diachron: Sprachhistorische Übungen für Fortgeschrittene (Judith Huber)
  • Sprachhistorisches Seminar: Introduction to Middle English (Julian Mader)
  • Sprachhistorisches Seminar: Introduction to Old English (Christoph Hauf)

  • Scots – Past and Present (Hauptseminar, teacher: Dr. Christine Elsweiler)
  • Researching Scots (Übung zum Hauptseminar, teacher: Dr. Christine Elsweiler)
  • Examenskurs Linguistik diachron: Sprachhistorische Übungen für Fortgeschrittene (teacher: Dr. Christine Elsweiler)
  • Sprachhistorisches Seminar: Introduction to Middle English (teacher: Julian Mader)

since 2017 assistant professor in English linguistics (with focus on historical linguistics and language variation), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (positive Evaluation – “Zwischenevaluation” – in May 2020)
2013-2017 lecturer in English linguistics and medieval literature, LMU Munich (chair Prof. Ursula Lenker)
2013 Ph.D. LMU Munich (thesis: Motion and the English verb – a diachronic study)
2008-2013 junior lecturer in English Linguistics, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (chair Prof. Ursula Lenker)
2002-2007 studied English and Romance linguistics and literature and pedagogy in Hamburg (2002-2004) and Munich (2004-2007)
  • MA (major: English linguistics and medieval literature; minors: Romance studies, English literature)
  • State Examination for English and French (1. Staatsexamen für Lehramt English und Französisch an Gymnasien)


2017. Motion and the English Verb. A Diachronic Study. [Oxford Studies in the History of English]. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reviewed by Richard Ingham in Anglia, by Claudio Iacobini in Language, and by Xinhua Yuan in Journal of Linguistics .

Edited volume

Lenker, Ursula, Judith Huber & Robert Mailhammer (eds). 2010. English Historical Linguistics 2008: Selected Papers from the Fifteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 15), Munich, 24–30 August 2008. Volume I: The History of English Verbal and Nominal Constructions. (= Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 314). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


forthc. [with Christine Elsweiler]. “Loss of number in the English second person pronoun: A change for the worse, but due to a change for the better?” Language Change for the Worse [Studies in Diversity Linguistics]. Ed. Dankmar Enke, Thilo Weber, Larry Hyman, Johanna Nichols & Guido Seiler. Berlin: Language Science Press.

2019. “Counterfactuality and aktionsart: Predictors for BE vs. HAVE + past participle in Middle English”. Developments in English historical morpho-syntax. Ed. Claudia Claridge & Birte Bös. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 149–173.

2018. “Gehören, gehorchen, verstehen, aufhören: Polysemie und Bedeutungswandel bei ‚(Zu-)Hören‘”. (Zu-)Hören Interdisziplinär. Ed. Magdalena Zorn & Ursula Lenker. München: Allitera. 57–72.

2017. “The early life of borrowed path verbs in English”. Motion and Space across Languages: Theory and Applications. (= Human Cognitive Processing 59). Ed. Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 177–204.

2013. “Caused-motion verbs in the Middle English intransitive motion construction“. Variation and Change in the Encoding of Motion Events. (= Human Cognitive Processing 41). Ed. Juliana Goschler & Anatol Stefanowitsch. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 203–222.

2012. “No man entreth in or out: How are typologically unsuitable loanverbs integrated into English?“. English Historical Linguistics 2010. Selected Papers from the Sixteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 16), Pécs, 23–27 August 2010. (= Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 325). Ed. Irén Hegedüs & Alexandra Fodor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 327–345.

2010. [with Ursula Lenker & Robert Mailhammer] “Introduction: Capturing and explaining syntactic change in the history of English”. English Historical Linguistics 2008. Selected Papers from the Fifteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 15), Munich, 24–30 August 2008. Volume I: The History of English Verbal and Nominal Constructions (= Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 314). Ed. Ursula Lenker, Judith Huber & Robert Mailhammer. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1–8.


2016. Graeme Trousdale and Elizabeth Closs Traugott (2013). Constructionalization and Constructional Changes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in Functions of Language 23(2): 264–270.

2014. Stefan Thim (2012) Phrasal Verbs. The English Verb Particle Construction and its History. Topics in English Linguistics 78. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton, in Language Dynamics and Change 4(2): 301–306.

2011: Richard Ingham, ed. (2010) The Anglo-Norman Language and its Contexts. York: Medieval Press in assoc. with The Boydell Press, in Anglia 129(3–4): 473–477.

Selected presentations

“Semantic effects of intertypological language contact: travailler in Anglo-Norman”. Invited talk Forschungskolloquium Romanistik, Universität Stuttgart, 2 July 2019.

Be– and have-perfects with manner of motion verbs in Early Modern English”. ICAME 40, Université de Neuchâtel, 3 June 2019.

“Of travels and travails: The role of lexical typology and language contact in semantic change”. 11th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME), Università degli Studi di Firenze, 7 February 2019.

“Loss of number in the Standard English 2nd person” [with Christine Elsweiler]. Workshop Lost in Change: Causes and Processes in the Loss of Grammatical Constructions and Categories, 40. Jahrestagung der DGfS, Stuttgart, 7 March 2018.

“Gehören, gehorchen, aufhören, verstehen: ,(Zu-)Hören‘ in Metapher und Metonymie”. (Zu-)Hören. Interdisziplinäre Tagung, Orff-Zentrum Munich, 29-30 June 2017.

“Loss of number in the English second person pronoun – a change for the worse, but due to a change for the better?”  [with Christine Elsweiler].  LMU-UCB Workshop Language Change for the Worse, Munich, 25-28 May 2017.

Be/have + past participle of manner of motion verbs in Middle English”, 19th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-19), Universität Duisburg-Essen, 23 Aug 2016.

“Non-Motion verbs in the intransitive motion construction in the history of English or, Why you’re likely to travel to Greece in English (but less so in French)”, 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-18), KU Leuven, 14 July 2014.

“Motion and the English Verb: A Diachronic Study” (Poster), International Workshop Sylex III: Space and Motion across Languages and Applications, Universidad de Zaragoza, 21 Nov 2013.

“Motion Verbs and Constructions in the History of English”, 17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-17), Zürich, 23 Aug 2012.

“On the Integration of Path-Verbs in Middle English”, Workshop Grammaticalization and Verb Valency, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Lexikografie, Valenz- und Kollokationsforschung, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 14-15 May 2012.

Enter, descend & Co.: On the integration of typological misfit loanwords in English”. PhilSoc Symposium Synchrony and Diachrony, Oxford, 17 March 2012.

“English and the Borrowed Path-Verb: Motion Verbs in Language Contact”. FJUEL (Forum Junge Englische Linguistik in Bayern), Eichstätt, 30 Sep 2011.

“Caused-Motion Verbs in the Middle English Intransitive Motion Construction – The Influence of the Wider Constructional Network”, 6th International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-6), Prague, 4 Sep 2010.

No man entreth in or out – how are typologically ‘unfitting’ French motion verbs integrated into English?”, 16th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-16), Pécs, 24 Aug 2010.

“Bewegungsverben im Sprachkontakt – eine Fallstudie anhand des Romaunt of the Rose“, SEM XI, Berlin, 7 Mar 2009.

“Altfranzösisch: Verb- oder Satellite-framed?”, Oberseminar Romanistik Uni Regensburg, 28 Nov 2008.


  • Hauptseminar Language Change
  • Hauptseminar Written English: from medieval manuscript to print to twitter
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • History of English
  • Proseminar Approaches to Syntax
  • Proseminar Meaning in Language
  • Proseminar A language in transition: From Old to Middle English with the Peterborough Chronicle
  • Proseminar English Lexicology and Lexicography (mit Exkursion nach Oxford, mit Dr. Inge Milfull (OED))
  • Proseminar Pragmatics
  • Middle English
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Seminar The Unfolding of Language
  • Examenskurs Gegenwartssprache
  • Examenskurs Mittelenglisch
  • Examenskurs diachron
  • Lektürekurs “Tierisches in der Mittelenglischen Literatur” (mit Prof. Lenker)