Jonas Keller

Jonas Keller, M.A.

Teaching and Research Assistant English Linguistics

Assistant Prof. Dr. Olga Timofeeva

Phone: +41 44 634 37 53


Jonas Keller is a teaching and research assistant in English Linguistics. He holds a master's degree in comparative Germanic philology and Scandinavian language studies from the University of Zurich. During his studies, he spent a year in Reykjavík, Iceland, to study Icelandic as a second language.

At the moment he is working on a PhD on the loss of grammatical gender in English and the influence language contact had on the process. He is teaching Old and Middle English as part of the "History of the English Language" module.

His main research interests are historical contact linguistics, morphology and language change.



"French Loans and English Gender in Early Middle English." International Conference on Middle English, University of Florence. 5–8 February 2019.

"The Earliest Written Afrikaans — What can we learn from Abu Bakr Effendi?". Small Languages Big Ideas, University of Zurich. 4–5 April 2019.


"The Integration of French Loans into the Middle English Gender System" Internationale Nachwuchstagung der Vergleichenden germanischen Sprachwissenschaft Zürich, University of Zurich, 7–8 June 2018

"French Loans and Grammatical Gender in Middle English". Historical English Linguistics at Zurich and Beyond 3, University of Zurich. 12 October 2018.

2016 "Unusual Gender Assignment in the Lindisfarne and West-Saxon Gospels." GLAC 22. University of Iceland. 20–22 Mai 2016
2015 "The Loss of Grammatical Gender in English — A Contact Phenomenon?"
ICOME 9. University of Wroclaw. 29 April – 03 Mai 2015
2014 "Semi-Communication and the Lexicon. Leipzig-Jakarta Lists for Old English and Old Norse"
ICEHL 18. University of Leuven. 14–18 Juli 2014
2013 "Essen, Bauen, Lieben. Zur Basiswortschatzbestimmung in der Semikommunikationsforschung"
ATDS 21. Universität Freiburg. 24–27 Sept 2013
2012 "Va þa tunga ein? A Methodology to Determine the Possibility of Semi-Communication. Demonstrated by the Example of Old English and Old Norse"
HÍ Student Conference on the Medieval North. University of Iceland.