Daniel Walter

Assistant Professor of German and Linguistics

Dan Walter is a scholar in second language acquisition, with intersections in psychology, linguistics, education, and German studies. Specifically, he is interested in the effects of conscious knowledge on learner trajectories and the development of morphosyntax in second language learners. 

Dr. Walter’s courses include elementary and intermediate German, the structure of human language: morphology and syntax, German literature and culture, foundations of linguistics, and second language acquisition, and special topics in German studies. He also advises senior theses and directed studies in linguistics. 

As a researcher, Walter takes part in the Oxford Research Scholars program and his students have presented at local, national, and international conferences. He continually works with his undergraduate students on publications in top-tier linguistics, education, and German studies journals. He recently accompanied a travel course to Germany where students attended a trans-Atlantic seminar with German university students at the University of Konstanz. He has presented at a number of international conferences, such as the Second Language Research Forum and the American Association of Applied Linguistics. 

In service to his field(s), he has been the president of the Metro German Group of Atlanta, the vice-president of the American Association of Teachers of German Georgia Chapter, the reviews editor for the German language education journal Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, and an editorial board member of the newly establish open-access jouranl Langauge Development Research. He is also reviewer for Applied Psycholinguistics and Foreign Language Annals and a member of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, the Modern Language Association, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Walter received his BA in German and Education, with a Teacher Certification in German, from Dickinson College and his MA in German Studies from Michigan State University. He received his PhD in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015. In the 2015-16 academic year, Walter taught at Morehouse College and Atlanta Technical College and served as a coordinator for the German American Cultural foundation before joining the faculty at Oxford College as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2016. Following a national search, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of German and Linguistics beginning in the Fall of 2019.


Education

BA| Dickinson College| 2008

MA| Michigan State University| 2011

Ph.D.| Carnegie Mellon University| 2015

Courses Taught

English 185 (First Year Multilingual Writing), 186 (First Year Writing), 399R (Independent Research)

German 101 (Elementary German 1), 102 (Elementary German 2), 201 (Intermediate German 1), 202 (Intermediate German 2), 297R (Independent Study), 301 (German Studies 1, Literature), 370B (The Austrian Experience)

Linguistics 201 (Foundations of Linguistics), 212W (Structure of Human Language), 318 (Second Language Acquisition), 397R (Independent Research), 499 (Senior Guided Research)

Accomplishments

Reviews Editor, Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German

Vice-President/President Elect, American Association of Teachers of German of Georgia

Publications

Walter, D. (2020). The acquisition of German declension in additive and concept-based approaches in instructed SLA. Linguistics, Interaction and Acquisition, Special Issue: The second language acquisition of case systems.

Blake, C. & Walter, D. (2020). Heritage Language Labor Market Returns: The importance of speakerdensity at the state level . Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, 1-19

Walter, D. (2019). Student uses of the first language for L2 classroom interactions. Proceedings of the 2017 Second Language Research Forum at Ohio State University.

Walter, D. (2018). The acquisition of German declension in additive and concept-based approaches in instructed SLA. Linguistics, Interaction and Acquisition, Special Issue: The second language acquisition of case systems.

Walter, D. & MacWhinney, B. (2018). The impact of co-occurrence and context on the prediction of long-distance separable prefixes. Language and Communication 58, 24-33.

Walter, D. & van Compernolle, R. A. (2015). Teaching German Declension as Meaning: A Concept-Based Approach. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching 11(1), 68-85.

Carpenter, B., Achugar, M., Walter, D., & Earhart, M. (2015). Developing teachers‘ critical language awareness: A case study of guided participaton. Linguistics and Education 32, 82-97.

Walter, D. & MacWhinney, B. (2015). German majors‘ grammatical gender knowledge. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 48(1), 25-40.

Miller, R., Martin, K., Eddingtion, C., Henery, A., Miguel, N., Tseng, A., Tuninetti, A., & Walter, D. (Eds.). (2013). Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum: Building Bridges between Disciplines. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Walter, D. (2013). Negotiations of Power in Multilingual University Environments. The International Journal of Language Learning and Applied Linguistics World 2(4), 1-19.


Presentations

"Heritage Language Labor Market Returns: The importance of speaker density at the state level." American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference. Denver, Colorado, 2020 *cancelled due to covid - virtual 2021.

"Student Uses of their L1 in the L2 classroom: 'How much' is the wrong question."  Second LanguageResearch Forum. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2017. 

“A Concept-Based Approach to Teaching German Declension.”  American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference. Toronto, Canada, 2015. 

“Concept-based Instruction of German Declension.”  Workshop: L2 Acquisition of Alignment Patterns in Typologically Diverse Languages: Case and Agreement. Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 2016.

Research Interests

Second Language Acquisition

Morphosyntax

German as a Second Language

Psycholinguistics