Photographer: Eduard Lampe

prof. dr. O.C.M. (Olga) Fischer

Taalkunde van de Germaanse talen, in het bijzonder de Engelse taalkunde
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Visiting address
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • O.C.M.Fischer@uva.nl

Brief c.v.

Born in Hilversum, The Netherlands in 1951. 'Kandidaatsexamen' (BA) in English Language and Linguistics, 1973 (University of Amsterdam, cum laude). MA in the 'History of English and General Linguistics', 1975 (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne), supervisor MA thesis, Prof. Barbara Strang, title 'A Comparative Study of Philosophical Terms in the Alfredian and Chaucerian Boethius'. 'Doctoraalexamen' (MA) in English Language and Literature, 1976 (University of Amsterdam, cum laude). Doctorate, University of Amsterdam, 1990 (doctoral thesis: "Syntactic Change and Causation: Developments in Infinitival Constructions in English", cum laude). Lecturer in Historical Linguistics, University of Amsterdam, 1977-1992. Reader in Historical Linguistics, University of Amsterdam, 1992-1999. Professor of Germanic Linguistics, University of Amsterdam from 1999. Visiting scholar: University of Manchester, 1985-86. Visiting professor: University of Zürich, January-February 2000; University of Innsbruck, March-April 2002; University of Vienna March-July 2006, and March-July 2009; University of Lille 3, September- March 2012-13. 

Between 2011-2013, elected 'President (Elect)' of the Societas Linguistica Europeae , and from 2011 onwards 'President( Elect)' of ISLE ( International Society for the Linguistics of English )

Has published extensively in international journals in the area of English historical linguistics, especially historical syntax. Interest in syntactic change related to changes in word order, comparison with developments in Dutch and German, grammaticalisation and the interaction between grammaticalisation and iconisation in language change.

Subjects taught

History of English
Language change and variation
Old English language
Early and late Middle English language
Middle English literature
Structure of Modern English
Phonetics/phonology
Grammaticalization
Aspects of English historical syntax
Diachronic Germanic Linguistics
Stylistics  (iconicity in (literary) language)
Analogy

Research interests

History of English and language variation. Interest in syntactic changes in the history of English, especially the Old and Middle English periods(from c. 700 to 1500), and particularly in changes which are the result of a general change in word order from SOV to SVO, which took place in the Old en Middle English periods. In this connection work has been done on the rise of infinitival structures in English, such as passive infinitives, the for NP to V construction, Accusative and Infinitive constructions, the difference in usage between bare and marked infinitives etc.  Research at present is on word order within the Noun Phrase, especially the variable position of the adjective in Old English and Middle English, on the role played by ananlogy in language change, and contributions to various handbooks. 

Other interests are grammaticalization phenomena,and iconicity (form miming meaning) in language. I have worked on the interrelation between these two forces in language change, focussing on the differences between developments in the marked infinitives (te, zu, to + infinitive) between Dutch, German and English, and differences between the development of a modal verb have to from a possessive verb in English compared to Dutch hebben + te-infinitive. I have also been concerned with the status of grammaticalization, whether it should be regarded as an epiphenomenon or a mechanism or causal factor in its own right in change. Recently I have been working on the importance of iconic and indexical thinking in language evolution, and how this relates to the place of iconicity, and in particular of analogy, in language acquisition, language change and literary use of language.

In 2006-7 I worked on a project called 'Morphosyntactic Change: Formal and Functional Approaches Compared' funded by an NWO teaching-replacement subsidy. The research involved a comparison of the grammaticalization and the generative approaches to morphosyntactic change in order to establish by means of a number of case studies what role is played by both formal and functional/cognitive (including external) factors and how they intertwine in change, and also in how far they offer a solution towards an explanation of change. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2007. From this project evolved other research on morphosyntactic change, e.g. for The  Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics. 

Recently, apart from further reseach into adjectival constructions in OldEnglish, I have been working on reduplication and its relation to iconicity, on an article about analogy in language processing for a handbook on Grammaticalization edited by Narog and Heine (OUP 2011), and together with Wim van der Wurff of the university of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I will be writing a brief history of English syntax, to be published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press.In 2011, I have co-organized the Eighth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, together with Lars Elleström and Christina Ljungberg (Zürich) at the University of  Växjö, Sweden in 2011, and are currently co-organiser with Masako Hiraga of Rikkyo University, Tokyo of the Ninth Iconicity Conference in May 2013. The proceedings of the eighth symposium  will become available early in 2013.

Supervision of PhD projects

With Prof. Dr Ton Naaijkens (University of Utrecht): Imogen Cohen (PhD  project ACLC/UvA): 'The sanitization  of comtemporary Dutch fiction translated into English: A corpus study'. Starting date September 2012.

With Prof. Dr Michiel van den Brekel and Dr Anne Bannink: Elin Derks (PhD project ACLC/NKI, UvA): 'The "Lastmeter" in outpatient cancer consultations: help or hindrance to physician-patient communication?'. Starting date September 2012.

With Prof. Dr Jan Hulstijn: Elisabetta Materassi (PhD project ACLC/UvA): ' Metaphor in academic discourse: a study of metaphoric language and L2 learning. Starting date January 2012.

With Prof. Dr Folkert Kuyken and Dr Anne Bannink: Roos van der Zwaard (PhD project ACLC/UvA): " Negotiatingfor meaning during instant chat-messaging and video-conferencing'. Starting date January 2012.

Camiel Hamans (external PhD project ACLC): 'Borderline cases in morphology: A study in language change'.

With Dr. Evelien Keizer: Mara van Schaik-Radulescu (aio-project ACLC/UvA): 'Gradience in split intransitivity: A typological investigation'. Starting date Dec. 1 2005. 

With Prof. Fred Weerman: Robert Cloutier (aio-project ACLC/UvA): 'West-Germanic OV and VO: The status of exceptions' Starting date Jan. 1 2004. The project aims to shed more light on word orderuniversals by investigating word order changes both language specifically and comparatively in two related West Germanic languages, i.e. English and Dutch. The approach involves looking at diachronic change as well as synchronic variation.The PhD was successfully defended on February 20, 2009. 

With Prof. Hubert Cuykens ( Universityof Leuven,Belgium ): Hendrik de Smet (project funded by FWO): 'Gerundial complements in English. The project investigates the developmentand spread of gerundial complements in English and to explain the underlying mechanisms involved in it. Starting date 2004. The PhD was successfully defended on March 8, 2008, and awarded cum laude.

With Dr. Willem Koopman: Masayuki Ohkado (external PhD, no fixed time period). : 'Studies in word order in Old English'. PhD was successfully defended on September 6, 2005.

With Prof. Ans van Kemenade: Bettelou Los (NWO project 1995-1999): 'Infinitival Complementation in Old and Midlle English. Phd was awarded cum laude in 1999. The dissertation has appeared in extended form as the Rise of the to-Infinitive, with Oxford University Press in 2005.

Editorship

2012- Member of the editorial board of Anglia

2006 -  Co-editor of the Benjamins Series ILL: Iconicity in Language and Literature

2004 - Member of the editorial board of the electronic journal Constructions

2004 - Member of the editorial board of Studies in Language (Benjamins).
2000 - Member of the editorial board of Journal of English Studies , University of Rioja.
1998 - Editor of the Language section of The Year's Work in English Studies . Oxford UP.
1998 - Member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, Peter Lang, Frankfurt.
1997 - Member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Edinburgh Textbooks in the English Language. Edinburgh UP.
1997 - Member of the editorial board of Links and Letters , University of Barcelona.
1996 - Member of the editorial board of English Language and Linguistics (Cambridge UP).

Grants/awards

from NWO :
2004-2005 Grant from NWO for study-leave to write a book for Oxford Univ. Press on 'Morphosyntactic Change'
1999: for the organization of a symposium on 'Iconicity in language and Literature'
1994: a four-year grant for an oio-researcher (Bettelou Los) to do a PhD as part of the project on  'Language variation and change'
1985: for the organization of a workshop on 'Explanation and Linguistic Change

from the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW):  
2002: Grant for the organization of the 2nd  conference on 'New Perspectives on Grammaticalization'
1996: Travel grant for a plenary lecture at the University of Poznan (Poland) for the 9th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics.

1974-1975:
Grant to study for an MA degree as a Harting Scholar at the Universityof Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)

Publications, selection (for a full list of publications, see the iconicity website)

Books and parts of books as (co-)author:

(in prep. ) with Wim van der Wurff,   A Brief History of English Syntax. Cambridge: CUP.

(2007) Morpho-syntactic Change. Functional and Formal Perpectives . Oxford: OUP.

(2006) with Wim van der Wurff, 'Syntax', in A History of the English Language . Cambridge: CUP. pp. 109-198.

(2000) With Ans vanKemenade,Willem Koopman en Wim van der Wurff, The Syntax of Early English , Cambridge Syntax Guides, Cambridge University Press.

(1992) 'Syntax', chapter 4 in the Middle English volume (Volume II, 1066-1476) of the Cambridge History of the English Language , ed. by Norman Blake. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 207-408.

(1990) "Syntactic Change and Causation: Developments in Infinitival Constructions in English." Dissertation, University of Amsterdam.

Recent articles:

(forthcoming) Chapter on 'Morphological, syntactic and morpho-syntactic change', in Merja Kytö and Päivi Pahta (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

(forthcoming) Chapter on 'Iconicity', in Peter Stockwell and Sara Whiteley (eds), The Handbook of Stylistics . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(forthcoming) 'An inquiry into unidirectionality as a foundational element of grammaticalization: On the role played by analogy and the synchronic grammar system in processes of language change'. In Hendrik De Smet et al. (eds), special issue of Studies in Language.

(2013). 'The role of contact in English syntactic change in the Old and Middle English periods', in Marianne Hundt and Daniel Schreier (eds.), English as a Contact Language . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2012)     'The status of the postponed 'and-adjective'construction in Old English: Attributive or predicative?', in David Denison, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully, Emma Moore (eds), Analysing Older English (Studies in English Language). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 251-284.

(2011)     'Grammaticalization as analogically driven change?',  in Heiko Narrog and Bernd Heine (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization (Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 31-42.

(2011) 'Cognitive iconic grounding of reduplication in language', in Pascal Michelucci, Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg (eds.), Semblance and Signification (Iconicity in Language and Literature, 10). Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp. 55-81.

(2010)   ' An iconic analogical approach to grammaticalization', in Jac Conradie, Ronél Johl, Marthinus Beukes, Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg (eds) Signergy. Iconicity in Language and Literature 8. Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp. 279-298.

(2010)     'On problem areas in grammaticalization: Lehmann's parameters and the issue of scope', in An van Linden et al. (eds) Formal Evidence in Grammaticalization Research. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 17-42.

(2010)     'An analogical approach to grammaticalization', in Katerina Stathi, Elke Gehweiler, and Ekkehard König (eds), Grammaticalization. Current Views and Issues . Amsterdam : Benjamins, pp. 181-219.

(2008) 'Is there life beyond generative syntax?, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur (PBB) 130: 199-235.

(2008) 'History of English syntax", in Haruko Momma and Michael Matto (eds), A Companion to the History of the English Language. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, Oxford:Blackwell, pp. 57-68.

(2007) 'On analogy as the motivation for grammaticalization', Studies in Language 32: 336-381.

(2006) 'On the position of adjectives in Middle English, English Language and Linguistics 10.2: 253-288.

(2004) 'Evidence for iconicity in language'.  Logos and Language . Journal of General Linguistics and Language Theory 5.i: 1-19.

Edited books:

(2013) with Lars Elleström and Christina Ljungberg, Iconic Investigations. Iconicity in Language and Literature 12. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(2011) with Pascal Michelucci, and Christina Ljungberg, Semblance and Signification. Iconicity in Language and Literature 10. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(2010) with Jac Conradie, Ronél Johl, Marthinus Beukes and Christina Ljungberg,  Signergy. Iconicity in Language and Literature 8. Amsterdam: Benjamins

(2007) with Elzbieta Tabakowska and Christina Ljungberg, Insistent Images. Iconicity in Language and Literature 5. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(2005) with Costantino Maeder and William J. Herlofsky, Outside-In --Inside-Out . Iconicity in Language and Literature 4. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(2004) with Muriel Norde and  Harry Perridon, Up and Down the Cline - The Nature of Grammaticalization. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(2003) with Wolfgang Müller, From Sign to Signing. Iconicity in Language and Literature 3. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(2001) with Max Nänny, Iconicity. Special issue of the European Journal of English Studies Vol. 5.1.

(2001) with Max Nänny, The Motivated Sign . Iconicity inLanguage and Literature 2. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(2000) with AnetteRosenbach and Dieter Stein, Pathways of Change: Grammaticalization in English. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(1999) with Max Nänny, Form Miming Meaning: Iconicity in Language and Literature. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

(1987) with Roger Eaton, Willem Koopman en Frederike van der Leek, Explanation and Linguistic Change . Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

(1985) with Roger Eaton, Willem Koopman en Frederike van der Leek, Papers from the 4th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics . Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2017

  • Fischer, O. C. M., De Smet, H., & van der Wurff, W. (2017). A Brief History of English Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2016

  • Fischer, O. (2016). Morphosyntactic change. In M. Kytö, & P. Pahta (Eds.), The Cambridge Hnadbook of English Historical Linguistics. (pp. 237-255). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 

2015

  • Cohen, I., & Fischer, O. (2015). Iconicity in translation: Two passages from a novel by Tobias Hill. In M. K. Hiraga, W. J. Herlofsky, K. Shinohara, & K. Akita (Eds.), Iconicity: East meets West (pp. 163-184). (Iconicity in language and literature; No. 14). Amsterdam: Benjamins. DOI: 10.1075/ill.14.09coh  [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2015). An inquiry into unidirectionality as a foundational element of grammaticalization: On the role played by analogy and the synchronic grammar system in processes of language change. In H. De Smet, L. Ghesquière, & F. Van de Velde (Eds.), On multiple source constructions in language change. (pp. 43-61). (Benjamins Current Topics; No. 79). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. DOI: 10.1075/bct.79.03fis  [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2015). The influence of the grammatical system and analogy in processes of language change: the case of the auxiliation of HAVE-to once again. In F. Toupin, & B. Lowrey (Eds.), Studies in Linguistic Variation and Change: from Old to Middle English (pp. 120-150). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [details] 

2014

  • Fischer, O. (2014). Iconicity. In P. Stockwell, & S. Whiteley (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of stylistics (pp. 377-392). (Cambridge handbooks in language and linguistics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 

2013

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2013). Iconic Principle. In S. J. Schierholz, H. E. Wiegand, & B. Kortmann (Eds.), Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (WSK) Online = Dictionaries of linguistics and Communication Scence. - vol: Theories and Methods in Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Fischer, O. (2013). An inquiry into unidirectionality as a foundational element of grammaticalization: on the role played by analogy and the synchronic grammar system in processes of language change. Studies in Language, 37(3), 515-533. DOI: 10.1075/sl.37.3.03fis  [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2013). The role of contact in English syntactic change in the Old and Middle English periods. In D. Schreier, & M. Hundt (Eds.), English as a contact language (pp. 18-40). (Studies in English language). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 

2012

  • Fischer, O. (2012). The status of the postponed 'and-adjective' construction in Old English: attributive or predicative? In D. Denison, R. Bermúdez-Otero, C. McCully, & E. Moore (Eds.), Analysing older English (pp. 251-284). (Studies in English language). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 

2011

  • Fischer, O. (2011). Cognitive iconic grounding of reduplication in language. In P. Michelucci, O. Fischer, & C. Ljungberg (Eds.), Semblance and signification (pp. 55-81). (Iconicity in language and literature; No. 10). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2011). Grammaticalization as analogically driven change? In H. Narrog, & B. Heine (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of grammaticalization (pp. 31-42). (Oxford handbooks in linguistics). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details] 

2010

  • Fischer, O. (2010). An analogical approach to grammaticalization. In K. Stathi, E. Gehweiler, & E. König (Eds.), Grammaticalization: current views and issues (pp. 181-219). (Studies in language companion series; No. 119). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2010). An iconic, analogical approach to grammaticalization. In C. J. Conradie, R. Johl, M. Beukes, O. Fischer, & C. Ljungberg (Eds.), Signergy (pp. 279-298). (Iconicity in language and literature; No. 9). Amsterdam [etc.]: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2010). On problem areas in grammaticalization: Lehmann's parameters and the issue of scope. Typological studies in language, 94, 17-42. [details] 

2009

  • Fischer, O. (2009). [Review of: B.D. Joseph, R.D. Janda (2003) The handbook of historical linguistics]. Language, 85(1), 206-211. DOI: 10.1353/lan.0.0097  [details] 

2008

2007

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2007). The development of English parentheticals: A case of grammaticalization? In U. Smit, S. Dollinger, J. Hüttner, G. Kaltenböck, & U. Lutzky (Eds.), Tracing English through time: explorations in language variation : in honour of Herbert Schendl on the occasion of his 65th birthday (pp. 99-114). (Austrian Studies in English; No. 95). Wenen: Braumüller. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2007). Morphosyntactic change: functional and formal perspectives. (Oxford Surveys in Syntax and Morphology; No. 2). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2007). Author's response. In M. Penke, & A. Rosenbach (Eds.), What counts as evidence in linguistics: the case of innateness. (pp. 287-289). (Benjamins current topics; No. 7). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2007). What counts as evidence in historical linguistics? In M. Penke, & A. Rosenbach (Eds.), What counts as evidence in linguistics: the case of innateness. (pp. 249-281). (Benjamins current topics; No. 7). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 

2006

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2006). On the position of adjectives in Middle English. English Language and Linguistics, 10(2), 253-288. DOI: 10.1017/S1360674306001924  [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & van der Wurff, W. (2006). Syntax. In R. Hogg, & D. Denison (Eds.), A History of the English Language. (pp. 109-198). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 

2005

  • Herlofsky, W. J., Maeder, C. C. M., & Fischer, O. C. M. (2005). Introduction. Iconicity in-side-out. In W. J. Herlofsky, C. C. M. Maeder, & O. C. M. Fischer (Eds.), Outside-in - Inside-out (pp. 1-12). (Iconicity in Language and Literature; No. 4). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Nänny, M., & Fischer, O. C. M. (2005). Iconicity: literary texts. In K. Brown (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Ed. (pp. 462-472). Oxford: Elsevier. [details] 

2004

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). Author's response. Studies in Language, 28, 745-747. DOI: 10.1075/sl.28.3.23fis  [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). Evidence for iconicity in language. Logos and Language. Journal of General Linguistics and Language Theory, 5(i), 1-19. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). Grammar change versus language change: Is there a difference? In C. Kay, S. Horobin, & J. Smith (Eds.), New perspectives on english historical linguistics. Vol. I: Syntax and Morphology. (pp. 31-63). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). The development of the modals in english: Radical versus gradual changes. In D. Hart (Ed.), English modality in context. Diachronic perspectives (pp. 16-32). (Linguistic insights. Studies in Language and Communication 11)). Bern: Peter Lang. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). What counts as evidence in historical linguistics. Studies in Language, 28, 710-740. DOI: 10.1075/sl.28.3.21fis  [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., Norde, M., & Perridon, H. C. B. (2004). Introduction. In search of grammaticalization. In O. Fischer, M. Norde, & H. Perridon (Eds.), Up and down the cline - The nature of grammaticalization. (pp. 1-16). (Typological studies in language; No. 59). Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co.. [details] 

2003

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2003). Principles of grammaticalization and linguistic reality. In G. Rohdenburg, & B. Mondorf (Eds.), Determinants of Grammatical varition in English (pp. 445-478). Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2003). [Review of: B. Heine, T. Kuteva (2003) World lexicon of grammaticalization]. Functions of Language, 10, 140-147. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2003). [Review of: J.T. Faarlund (2001) Grammatical relations in change]. Journal of Indo-EUropean Studies, 31(3&4), 491-505. [details] 
  • Müller, W., & Fischer, O. C. M. (2003). Introduction. From signing back to signs. In W. Müller, & O. C. M. Fischer (Eds.), From Sign to Signing. Iconicity in Language and Literature 3. (pp. 1-20). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 

2001

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2001). The position of the adjective in (old) English from an iconic perspective. In O. C. M. Fischer, & M. Nänny (Eds.), The motivated Sign. Iconicity in Language and Literature 2 (pp. 249-276). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & Nänny, M. (2001). Introduction: Iconicity and nature. European Journal of English Studies, 5, 3-16. [details] 

2000

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2000). De taille van Vrouwe Filologia: langue of parole. In O. C. M. Fischer (Ed.), Oratiereeks Universiteit van Amsterdam. (pp. 1-37). Amsterdam: Vossiuspers.
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2000). Grammaticalisation: uniderectional, non reversable? The case of to before the infinitive in English. In A. Rosenbach, O. Fischer, & D. Stein (Eds.), Pathways of Change. Grammaticalization in English. (pp. 149-169). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2000). The position of the adjective in Old English. In D. Denison, R. Bermudez-Otero, R. M. Hogg, & C. B. McCully (Eds.), Generative Theory and Corpus Studies. A dialogue from 10th ICEHL. (pp. 153-182). Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2000). [Review of: H.F. Nielsen (2000) The Continental Background of English and its Insular Development]. In H. F. Nielsen (Ed.), Unknown. Odense: Odense UP. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., van Kemenade, A., Koopman, W. F., & van der Wurff, W. (2000). The Syntax of Early English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. (2000). [Review of: J. Fisiak, M. Krygier (1998) Advances in English historical linguistics (1996)]. In M. Krygier, & J. Fisiak (Eds.), Unknown Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. DOI: 10.1076/0013-838X(200003)81:2;1-T;FT142  [details] 
  • Fischer, O., & van der Wurff, W. (2000). English language. Morphology, & Syntax. The Year's Work in English Studies, 78, 7-67. DOI: 10.1093/ywes/78.1.1  [details] 

1999

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1999). Changes in infinitival constructions in English. In S. Schulting, & F. W. Neumann (Eds.), Anglistentag 1998, Erfurt (pp. 7-27). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1999). On the role played by iconincity in grammaticalisation processes. In O. C. M. Fischer, & M. Nanny (Eds.), Form Miming meaning: Iconicity in Language and Literature (pp. 345-374). Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & Nänny, M. (1999). Introduction: Iconicity as a creative force in language use. In O. C. M. Fischer, & M. Nanny (Eds.), Form Miming Meaning: Iconicity in Language and Literature. (pp. 15-36). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O., & van der Wurff, W. (1999). English language. Morphology, & Syntax. The Year's Work in English Studies, 77, 18-59. DOI: 10.1093/ywes/77.1.1  [details] 

1997

1996

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1996). The status of 'to' in Old English 'to'-infinitives: A reply to Kageyama. Lingua, 99[details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & van der Wurff, W. (1996). English language. Early and Late Syntax, & Morphology. The Year's Work in English Studies, 74, 19-46. [details] 

1995

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1995). History of Englishes. New Methods and Interpretations in Historical Linguistics [Review of: M. Rissanen (1995) New directions in English historical grammar]. In M. Rissanen (Ed.), Unknown Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 

2009

2006

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2006). Grammaticalization and iconicity: two interacting processes. In H. Grabes, & W. Viereck (Eds.), The wider scope of English: papers in English language and literature from the Bamberg Conference of the International Association of University Professors of English (pp. 17-42). (Bamberger Beiträge zur englischen Sprachwissenschaft; No. 51). [details] 

2004

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). "Langue", "parole" and the historical linguist. In A. Rodriguez Alvarez, & F. Alonso Almeida (Eds.), Voices on the past. Studies in Old and Middle English language and literature.. (pp. 101-138). La Coruña: Netbiblo. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). De historische taalkunde. Gij letterdames en gij letterheren. Nieuwe mogelijkheden voor taalkundig en letterkundig onderzoek in Nederland. (Verkenningen Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen). Amsterdam: KNAW. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). Developments in the category adjective from Old to Middle English. Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, 19, 1-36. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). Grammaticalization and iconicity: Two interacting processes. Cahiers de Linguistique Analogique, 1, 99-134. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2004). Iconicity as a fundamental force in language development. In H. Aertsen, M. Hannay, & R. Lyall (Eds.), Words in their places. A Festschrift for J. Lachlan Mackenzie. (pp. 351-365). Amsterdam: Faculty of Arts, Vrije Universiteit. [details] 

2003

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2003). Grammar change, language change and the historical linguist. In A. Masa-chijo (Ed.), Creation and Practical Use of Language Texts (Proceedings of the Second International Conference Studies for the Intergrated Text Science). (pp. 31-47). Nagoya: Nagoya University. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2003). The modal puzzle: Putting the pieces together. In D. Hart, & M. Lima (Eds.), Modality in Late Middle English and Early Modern English: Semantic shifts and pragmatic interpretations. Napoli: Cuen. [details] 

2002

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2002). Teaching the History of the English Language. Its position in the university curriculum and its relation to linguistic theory. In D. Stanulewicz (Ed.), PASE Papers in Language Studies: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the Polish Association for the Study of English. Gdansk, 26-28 April 2000 (pp. 31-46). Gdansk: Wydawnictwo, Uniwersytetu Gdañskiego. [details] 

2001

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2001). Verkenningen: Taal- en letterkunde, over Historische Taalkunde. Amsterdam: KNAW. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & Nänny, M. (2001). Introduction. Veni Vidi, Vici. In O. C. M. Fischer, & M. Nänny (Eds.), The Motivated Sign. Iconicity in Language and Literature 2. (Vol. 2, pp. 1-14). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 

2000

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2000). Referee rapport over artikel uitgebracht aan Prof Dr Brian Joseph. Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & Rosenbach, A. (2000). "Introduction". In O. C. M. Fischer, A. Rosenbach, & D. Stein (Eds.), Grammaticalisation: undirectional, non-reversable? The case of to before the infinitive in English. (pp. 1-37). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 

1998

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1998). Grammaticalisation unidirectional, non reversable? The case of to before the infinitive in English. View[z], 7(1), 5-24. [details] 

1997

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1997). Infinitive marking in Late Middle English: Transitivity and changes in the English system of case. In J. Fisiak (Ed.), Studies in Middle English Linguistics. (pp. 109-134). Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1997). The grammaticalisation of infinitival to in English compared with German and Dutch. In S. Puppel, & R. Hickey (Eds.), Language History and Linguistic Modelling. A Festschrift for Jacek Fisiak on his 60th Birthday. (pp. 265-280). Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 

1996

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1996). Verbal complementation in early Middle English: How do the infinitives fit in? In D. Britton (Ed.), English Historical Linguistics 1994 (pp. 247-270). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [details] 

1995

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1995). The distinction between 'to' and bare infinitival complements in late Middle English. Diachronica, 12, 1-30. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1995). The sections on Syntax and Morphology in chapter 1, Language. The Year's Work in English Studies, 73, 24-66. [details] 

1994

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1994). English language. Syntax. The Year's Work in English Studies, 75, 34-74. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1994). The Fortunes of the Latin-type accusative and infinitive construction in Dutch and English Compared. In E. Morck, T. Swan, & O. Westvik (Eds.), Language Change and Language Structure: Ols Germanic Languages in a Comparative Perspective. Trends in Linguistics. (pp. 91-133). Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1994). The development of quasi-auxiliaries in English and changes in word order. Neophilologus, 78, 137-164. DOI: 10.1007/BF00999959  [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & van der Wurf, W. (1994). English language. Morphology. The Year's Work in English Studies, 75, 31-34. [details] 

2012

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2012). The 2012/13 REF Preparation Exercise for the University of Manchester. Manchester: University of Manchester.

2011

  • Fischer, O. (2011). [Review of: B. Mondorf (2009) More support for 'more'-support: the role of processing constraints on the choice between synthetic and analytic comparative forms]. Language, 87(2), 416-420. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2011.0050  [details] 

2002

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (2002). [Review of: Javier Rivas (2000) Ergativity and Transitive Gradients in the Accusative and Infinitive Construction. A Cross-Linguistic Typological Approach]. Linguistics, 40, 1251-1256. [details] 

1998

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1998). "On negative raising in the history of English". In G. Tottie, I. Tieken-Boon van Ostade, & W. van der Wurff (Eds.), Negation in the history of English. (pp. 55-100). Amsterdam-New York: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O., & van der Wurff, W. (1998). English language. Morphology. The Year's Work in English Studies, 76, 33-36. DOI: 10.1093/ywes/76.1.1  [details] 
  • Fischer, O., & van der Wurff, W. (1998). English language. Syntax. The Year's Work in English Studies, 76, 36-78. DOI: 10.1093/ywes/76.1.1  [details] 

1996

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1996). [Review of: R. Lass (1996) Old English: A Historical Linguistic Composition]. Studies in Language, 20, 686-692. [details] 

1995

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1995). English Historical Syntax; Verbal Constructions [Review of: D. Denison (1995) -]. In D. Denison (Ed.), Unknown Londen: Longman. [details] 

1994

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1994). [Review of: D. Denison (1994) English Historical Syntax: Verbal Constructions]. In D. Denison (Ed.), Unknown. Londen: Longman. [details] 

1992

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1992). Syntactic change and borrowing: the case of the accusative-and-infinitive construction in English. In M. Gerritsen, & D. Stein (Eds.), Internal and external factors in syntactic change (pp. 17-89). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 

1987

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1987). Some remarks on the analysis of perception verb complements in middle English: A reply. Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny, 34(1), 57-67. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & van der Leek, F. (1987). A 'case' for the old English impersonal. In W. Koopman (Ed.), Explanation and linguistic change (pp. 79-120). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [details] 

1985

  • Fischer, O. C. M. (1985). Gower's tale of Florent and Chaucer's wife of Bath's tale: a stylistic comparison. English Studies, 3, 205-225. [details] 

1983

1981

  • Fischer, O. C. M., & van der Leek, F. C. (1981). Optional vs radical re-analysis: mechanisms of syntactic change [Review of: D.W. Lightfoot (1979) Principles of diachronic syntax]. Lingua, 55, 301-350. [details] 

2000

Book editor

  • Tabakowska, E., Ljungberg, C., & Fischer, O. (2007). Insistent images. (Iconicity in Language and Literature; No. 5). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Maeder, C. C. M., Fischer, O. C. M., & Herlofsky, W. J. (2005). Outside-In - Inside-Out. (Iconicity in Language and Literature; No. 4). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O., Norde, M., & Perridon, H. (2004). Up and down the cline: the nature of grammaticalization. (Typological studies in language; No. 59). Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [details] 
  • Müller, W., & Fischer, O. C. M. (2003). From Sign to Signing. Iconicity in Language and Literature 3. Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & Nänny, M. (2001). The Motivated Sign. Iconicity in Language and Literature 2. (2). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., Rosenbach, A., & Stein, D. (2000). Pathways of Change: Grammaticalization in English. Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] 
  • Fischer, O. C. M., & Koopman, W. F. (1994). Current Research in Dutch and Belgian Universities and Polytechnics on Old English, Middle English and Historical English. Amsterdam: Vakgroep Engels UvA. [details] 

Journal editor

  • Fischer, O.C.M. (editor) (2006): The Year's Work in English Studies (Journal).
  • Fischer, O.C.M. (editor) (2005): The Year's Work in English Studies (Journal).
  • Fischer, O.C.M. (editor) (2004): The Year's Work in English Studies (Journal).
  • Fischer, O.C.M. (editor) (2001): The Year's Work in English Studies (Journal).
  • Fischer, O.C.M. (editor) & Nänny, M. (editor) (2001): European Journal of English Studies (Journal).
  • Fischer, O.C.M. (editor) (2000): The Year's Work in English Studies (Journal).
  • Fischer, O.C.M. (editor) (1999): The Year's Work in English Studies (Journal).

Keynote / invited lecture

  • Fischer, Olga (speaker) (2-9-2016): What role does iconicity (analogy) play in grammaticalization?, The acquisition of syntax and pragmatics of reference: across-linguistic and cross-population perspective..
  • Fischer, Olga (speaker) (18-9-2016): Analogy:Its role in language learning, categorization, and in models of language change, 4th International Society for the linguistics of English, Poznan, Poland.
  • Fischer, Olga (speaker) (21-10-2016): Zoo de ouden zongen, ....? Taalkundige deuntjes herontdekt, valedictory speech, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Others

  • Fischer, Olga (organiser) (6-4-2017): e 11th International Conference on Iconicity in language and Literature, University of Sussex, Brighton UK (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

2017

  • van der Zwaard, R. (2017). Patterns of (negotiated) interaction during telecollaboration between native and advanced non-native speakers Utrecht: LOT [details] 
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