Sam Mersch

Sam Mersch
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette


Sam studied history, archeology, classiscs and historical linguistics in Germany and the U.S.

He holds a degree in modern history (M.A. Neuere Geschichte) and in Indo-European linguistics (M.A. Indogermanistik) from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena/Germany. His research focuses on cultural and social studies.

Currently he is a doctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg studying the linguistic history of the Luxembourgish language.


Project Description

(provisional) thesis title:

Vum Schnuddelmier op d’Äppeltaart
A digital approach to Luxembourgish toponymy.

Toponymy is an important indicator to past cultures, as it reflects the ideas and notions people conveyed to their natural surroundings. People named places after naturally occuring phenomena, but also after local industry, for which there is hardly an indication for, except for the toponyms themselves.

The study of Luxembourgish place names is paramount in studying the linguistic history of the Luxembourgish language, which has only been attested in writing since the 19th century. The place names, however, give indications to Luxembourgish linguistic history that go beyond the first written texts in Luxembourgish.

The research project focuses on an analysis, both incorporating computational and historical linguistics, as well as historical research.

Last updated on: Thursday, 13 December 2018