Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Wes LindingerWhere and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at University of Waterloo?

I completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph, where I majored in European Studies and minored in German. During the course of my studies in Guelph I also completed two semesters at the Universität Konstanz as an exchange student.

What are your interests in German Studies?

Within the field of German Studies I am particularly interested in looking at German as a minority language and the use of the language outside of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This generally tends to fall in various areas of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, and I have a particular interest in topics such as conversational analysis, code-switching, and dialectology.

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

The University of Waterloo was known to me as a good school for German Studies.

Why did you choose this program?

I decided on the IcGS programme because it offered me the ability to complete half of the studies here and half in Mannheim, and have the degree jointly awarded. No other such programme or partnership exists between a Canadian and German university.

Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?

Using the interviews collected by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies for the Oral History Project, I am writing my Master’s Thesis on code-switching between German and English used German-speaking migrants and their families in Kitchener-Waterloo, and attempting to see how generational differences in code-switching have played a role in the language shift process in KW’s German community.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Growing up I had many different ideas at different points about what I wanted to do and become. A few that spring to mind were becoming an Egyptologist, a marine biologist, a diplomat, a history teacher, and I later also considered a career in the military.

What is a fun-fact about you?

I’ve latch-hooked a few rugs.

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