Day: March 7, 2012

LINGUIST of the Day: Nikolaus Himmelmann!

We’re proud to announce that our second 2012 Linguist of the Day is Nikolaus Himmelmann! ┬áDr. Himmelmann is renowned for his work in language documentation, typology, Austronesian and Papuan languages, and more; his story begins:

Before getting to university, I had never heard of linguistics as an academic discipline and only found out about it during my first term, when I was studying English and law. As part of the English program, I had to take an introduction to (English) linguistics and another class on the linguistic analysis of texts (nowadays widely generally known as discourse analysis). And I was immediately hooked.

Read the rest of Dr. Himmelmann’s story at the Hall of Heroes!