Linguistics at Newcastle

Staff Profile

Dr Carol Fehringer

Senior Lecturer



Carol Fehringer studied Modern Languages at the University of Manchester between 1984 and 1989, before going on to take a Masters course in general linguistics in 1990. In 1993 she was awarded a PhD in Germanic Linguistics from the University of Manchester, after having spent a year researching at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Munster in Germany (funded by a D.A.A.D. scholarship). In October 1993 Dr Fehringer became Lecturer in German and Dutch at the University of Newcastle, School of Modern Languages.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Senior Tutor
  • Student Mentor Co-ordinator

Areas of experise

  • Morphology in Germanic languages

  • Morphosyntactic variation


  • BA Modern Languages.
  • Master of Linguistics.
  • PhD in Linguistics (Title: On the nature and place of morphology: analogical umlaut in German dialects).
  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.


  • English
  • German
  • Dutch

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Undergraduate Teaching

SML1019 Introduction to Linguistics
GER1071 Level B German Language (Grammar workshops)
GER2031 Beginners' Dutch
GER4004 Intermediate Dutch
GER4015 History of German and English
GER4099 Dissertation (German)


Research Interests

Morphology (German, Dutch and English).

Morphosyntactic variation in German, English, Dutch

Other Expertise

Dr Fehringer has written two pedagogical grammars: a context-based grammar of German and a reference grammar of Dutch.
She has also collaborated on a psycholinguistics project with Dr Christina Fry on the relation between working memory and various aspects of language production in bilingual speakers (English/German).

Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Fehringer is willing to supervise postgraduate students in the following areas:



(focusing on German, Dutch or English)

Esteem Indicators

Dr Fehringer has acted as a reader for Arnold, Routledge and Cambridge University Press. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the refereed journals 'Dutch Crossing', and the 'Journal of Germanic Linguistics' and Secretary to the Association of Low Countries Studies.