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In 1980 Suzane Kemmer got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, German, and Spanish at Rice University, where in the same year she got a Translator’s Certification (Spanish-English).
Kemmer enrolled in the Institut für Deutsche Philologie at the University of Munich (1980-1981).
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In 1983 Kemmer got the Certificate in Norwegian at Advanced Level at the University of Oslo.
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Kemmer earned a Master of Arts degree in German Studies at Stanford University in 1985 and became a Doctor of Philosophy in 1988 there.
(This book approaches the middle voice from the perspectiv...)
This book approaches the middle voice from the perspective of typology and language universals research. The principal aim is to provide a typologically valid characterization of the category of middle voice in terms of which it can be incorporated in a cognitively-based theory of human language.
In 1980 Suzane Kemmer got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, German, and Spanish at Rice University, where in the same year she got a Translator’s Certification (Spanish-English). She also enrolled in the Institut für Deutsche Philologie at the University of Munich (1980-1981). In 1983 she got the Certificate in Norwegian at Advanced Level at the University of Oslo. Kemmer earned a Master of Arts degree in German Studies at Stanford University in 1985 and became a Doctor of Philosophy in 1988 there.
Suzanne Kemmer worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language at Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States (1982-1985). She also worked there as a research assistant in 1985-1988. Kemmer was an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, California, United States (1988-1993). Since 1994 she has been an associate professor at Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States. Since 1987 she has been a co-founder and editor to Athelstan Publs., La Jolla, California, and a co-founder and president of Cortica Press, La Jolla (since 1991).
“Although my research looks rather theoretical for those not steeped in linguistics, what motivates me are some very basic and common-sense questions. How do human beings conceptualize the world around them? How does the structure of language shape the conceptualizations of people, and how do basic human ways of conceiving reality affect the structure of human languages? By studying grammatical structure, for example, constructions like the English ‘make’ construction (as in ‘it made her cry’), I believe we can go a good way toward answering those questions."
“Aside from the linguistic structure, I am also interested in words, an aspect of language that is far more accessible and understandable to ordinary people. In my course on English words, it’s my aim to awaken and cultivate interest in language on the part of non-specialists, via the rich and interesting subject of English words. We study word histories, word structure (that is, all the modes of word-building in English), the history of the English vocabulary, words in society (including special vocabularies like slang and jargon), and how new words come into the language. Students collect their own examples of neologisms and new expressions. This course is my favorite way of bringing knowledge about and sensitivity to language into the general population."
“I collaborate a good deal with graduate students, and we have done significant work toward uniting theoretical linguistics and the study of word meanings, for example in work in lexical blends (like ‘glitterati’) and loan-words (like ‘schadenfreude’ and ‘blitz’)."
“My primary research topic is causative constructions. This includes typological, diachronic, and acquisitional perspectives on causative constructions in human language. It seeks to answer the question of how humans conceptualize causation and what linguistic mechanisms are used to express causation. The first phase of the research is to study causatives across languages. The next phase will be causatives in English, Dutch, and German, synchronic and diachronic. The current phase studies how children acquire the ‘make’ causative and other causative constructions in English.”
Suzanne Kemmer is a member of the Linguistic Society of America, the International Society for Historical Linguistics, the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, the International Cognitive Linguistics Association, the Association for Linguistic Typology.
Suzanne Kemmer married Michael Barlow, on January 5, 1987.