Oliver M. Traxel appointed as professor in English Language

Oliver M. Traxel was appointed to the post of Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Stavanger on 1 August 2016. His application for promotion to a full professorship was subsequently granted on 5 October 2017.

The decision was based on his academic qualifications, his large amount of publications and his wealth of experience regarding teaching, supervision and administration.

The position in Stavanger is not the first professorship for Oliver M. Traxel as he had already held such a post in non-permanent function at various German universities, such as Göttingen and Würzburg.

Besides having published a number of scholarly articles he has also written two monographs, each of which resulted in an academic qualification: For his PhD at the University of Cambridge he examined the language, writing and textual interference in a medieval English manuscript, and for his Habilitation at the University of Münster he focused on lexical instability and replacement in the history of English.

Oliver M. Traxel is currently doing research on modern takes on past language stages, which involves linguistic creations that are based on Old, Middle and Early Modern English evidence.

In connection with this project he has just published an article on elements from English language history in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and how these can be used to introduce readers to historical linguistics.

His research has also recently been presented in articles on forskning.no and on ScienceNordic on the names of Tolkien’s universe.

In addition to these fields he is interested in the language of modern media, as seen in a recent article which is concerned with spelling conventions in online games, such as World of Warcraft.

Besides doing academic research Oliver M. Traxel also teaches classes on Sociolinguistics, English Phonetics and Phonology, and the History of English Writing.


Sist oppdatert av Hildegard Nortvedt (20.11.2017)

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Oliver Traxel
OLiver M. Traxel has been appointed as professor in English Language. (Photo: Asbjørn Jensen, UiS)
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