Ulrike Christofori

Ulrike Christofori
Budd 326


Linguistics / German / Italian
Foreign Languages
English as a Second Language

B.A., Universität Tübingen, Germany
M.A., University of California, Davis
M.A., University of Oregon
Study Abroad Program Università degli Studi ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy

Ulrike Christofori has an M.A. in Linguistics from UC Davis, an M.A. in German Literature from UC Davis, and an M.A. in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of Oregon. She also holds a B.A. in General Linguistics, Comparative Linguistics and Italian from the Universität Tübingen, Germany, and did a year-long study abroad program in Philosophy of Language at the Università degli Studi ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy.

Born and raised in the Black Forest region in South-Western Germany, Ulrike first attended Law School but ditched that major in a heartbeat after she wandered into a linguistics lecture. Instantly hooked on linguistics, she has never looked back.

Ulrike is fascinated by every aspect of human language, and loves the interdisciplinary nature of the field of linguistics. Her main interests include neurolinguistics (the study of where and how the brain processes language), sociolinguistics (the impact of language on social status and interactions), bilingualism & multilingualism, and child language acquisition.

Recently, Ulrike started focusing on the issues surrounding Endangered Languages and Language Loss: There are approximately 7,000 languages in the world today, but one of them dies out about every other week. The world is experiencing a rampant loss of knowledge, as the chain of cultural transmission between generations is broken.

Ulrike’s latest passions are exploring the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the many Native Languages of the Americas, and cultural & linguistic anthropology as they relate to attitudes, identities, and ideologies about language and revitalization efforts.

Ulrike lives in Davis with her family. She enjoys being in direct, personal contact with students. She looks forward to meeting and working with all of you! Ulrike loves to share what she knows about “all-things-language”, and wants to see students enjoy the material and grow and succeed.

Courses Taught:

  • Humanities 4, Introduction to Linguistics
  • Anthropology 4, Introduction to Linguistics

Course Material:  Docushare

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