Gerda Haßler

Born 1953, in Werdau, Sachsen. Educated at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, in Romance and Slavic Studies. Doctorate in 1978 with the thesis, “On the description of the influence of language on thought in the linguistic theories of the 18th century”. Habilitation in 1984, with the work, “On the development of the concept of semantic value in linguistic theories from the 18th to the 20th century” with qualification in General Linguistics. Since 1993, full professor of theoretical and applied linguistics at the Institute for Romance Studies at the University of Potsdam. From 2001 to 2006 vice-president of the University of Potsdam. Organizer of the International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences 2008 (ICHoLS XI). Research emphasis on the semantics and functional grammar of the Romance languages, in addition to the history of linguistics.

Selective bibliography

  • Haßler, Gerda, and Cordula Neis. 2009. Lexikon sprachtheoretischer Grundbegriffe des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts. 2 vols. Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Haßler, Gerda, ed. 2011. History of Linguistics 2008. Selected papers from the 11th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XI), Potsdam, 28 August - 2 September 2008. Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 115. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Haßler, Gerda. 2013. “La risposta di Johann David Michaelis al quesito dell’Accademia delle Scienze di Berlino e la sua traduzione francese.” In Traduzione e Transfert nel XVIII Secolo tra Francia, Italia e Germania, edited by Giulia Cantarutti and Stefano Ferrari, 123–138. Critica letteraria e linguistica. Milano: Franco Angeli.
  • Haßler, Gerda. 2013. “Continuité et volonté d’innovation dans les définitions des catégories grammaticales: l’exemple des Idéologues et des manuels influencés par l’idéologie.” In Grammaire et enseignement du français langue étrangère et seconde – Permanence et ruptures du XVIe au milieu du XXe siècle. Actes du colloque tenu à Raguse les 7-8-9 juin 2012, edited by Gisèle Kahn and Nadia Minerva [= Documents pour l’histoire du français langue étrangère ou seconde 51], 129–146.
  • Haßler, Gerda. 2014. “‘Inversions of word order generate higher costs’. Continuity and development of a topos since the rationalist language theories of the 17th century.” In Selected Papers from the 12th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XII), Saint Petersburg, 28 August - 2 September 2011, edited by Vadim Kasevich, Yuri Kleiner, and Patrick Sériot, 3–11. Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 123. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


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