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Heidi Waltz

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Heidi Waltz

Lecturer in Linguistics and German

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages


Heidi Waltz's areas of instruction are linguistics and German. She embarked on her undergraduate studies at Heidelberg University, Germany, and completed her graduate work at UCLA after a DAAD scholarship brought her to the United States. Her main interests are in comparative-historical syntax, language acquisition, and heritage language learning. She has lectured and published on issues in Germanic syntax, historical dialectology, and heritage language acquisition.


  • B.A. French 1984
    California State University, Fullerton
  • M.A. Linguistics 1986
    California State University, Fullerton
  • Ph.D. Indo-European Linguistics 1993
    University of California, Los Angeles


DAAD Scholarship Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg/Germany

Research Area

Historical Germanic syntax; bilingualism; comparative Indo-European dialectology, language pedagogy, etymology

Selected Publications and Lectures

 “Proto-Germanic Plain C-stems: A Case Study.” Indogermanische Forschungen 19 (1991).

“(Im)personal Verbs of Emotion in Germanic.” Indogermanische Forschungen 105 (2000).

“Syntactic Variation as Reliefgebung.” Paitimana. Essays in Honor of H.-P. Schmidt. (Festschrift) (2002).

“Delbrück’s Umdrehung in Context.” New Insights in Germanic Linguistics III (2002).

 “Heritage Speakers and L2 Learners: Linguistic Profiles and Pedagogy.” (Invited Talk) 12th Annual CSUF Linguistics Symposium, April 2003.

 “Heritage Language Grammar: Evidence from German.” 2nd UC Language Consortium Conference on Theoreticaland Pedagogical Perspectives, organized by UCCLLT, UC Santa Cruz, March 2004.

 “Historical Linguistics and Language Pedagogy: German Strong Verbs Revisited.” 3rd UC Language Consortium Conference on Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, organized by UCCLLT, UCLA, April 2006.

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