Welcome to Richard Zimmermann

Posted on September 6, 2019 by

With the new academic year just around the corner, we welcome new colleagues to the department. One of them is Dr Richard Zimmermann. He’s moving to Manchester from Switzerland, which, in these tumultuous times, suggests an adventurous spirit. Richard obtained his PhD from the University of Geneva, and his areas of expertise include historical syntax and corpus linguistics. He’s not a complete newbie to the UK, having obtained a Masters from the University of York in 2010.

You can find more about Richard’s research here. When he’s not digging through Old English corpora, Richard enjoys hikes and pubs (he’ll fit right in!), the gym, and singing in a choir. He also collects bad linguistics jokes (like “Armed to the teeth, present and past walked into a bar – it was tense” or “What do villain phoneticians do? – They plot vowels”). If you know one, he wants to hear it.

Manchet managed to pap Richard in his new office, NG.6. As you can see, he doesn’t have many books yet, but he has recently bought a genuine medieval manuscript from ebay, from Norfolk written 1489, in Latin but with some real Middle English words. So there’s a start.