Academic CV


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000. Thesis: “Lenition in Germanic: Prosodic Templates in Sound Change.” Departmental honors: summa cum laude.

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1993. Majors: Government, German. Graduated summa cum laude.

Relevant Experience

Western Governors University: 2022 to present. Lead Academic Program Manager, College of Information Technology.

Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (2000). Completed independent post-doctoral research related to laryngeal “boundary markers” in Germanic, Ojibwe, and others.

P. J. Meertens-Instituut, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Visiting Researcher (1999). Completed dissertation research on lenition patterns in Dutch.

Deutscher Sprachatlas, Marburg, Germany: DAAD Scholar (1998). Completed dissertation research on lenition patterns in Germanic.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics: Lecturer (2000). Taught 2 sections of introductory Linguistics.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of German: Teaching Assistant (1994-1997, 1999). Taught sections of German 101-224 (first through fifth semester German).

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Editorial Assistant (1997-1998). Editorial assistant for Monatshefte.

Münster, Germany: Assistant Teacher (1993-1994). Received the Fulbright Teaching Scholarship to support teaching experience at a German Gymnasium.


Holsinger, David J. “Germanic prosody and consonantal strength” Lenition and Fortition 99 (2008): 273.

Holsinger, T. G. – alias for Holsinger, David J. Iversonian Methodology and Distinctive Features. MILC 4: University of Wisconsin, Madison (2006).

Holsinger, David J. “Weak position constraints: the role of prosodic templates in contrast distribution.” Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft Papers in Linguistics 19 (2001): 91-118.

Holsinger, David J., Doctoral dissertation – Lenition in Germanic: prosodic templates in sound change. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2000.

Salmons, Joseph C. and David J. Holsinger “On regular vs. morpholexical approaches to OHG umlaut.” The Emergence of the Modern Language Sciences: Methodological perspectives and applications 2 (1999): 239.

Holsinger, David J., and Paul D. Houseman. “Lenition in Hessian: cluster reduction and ‘subtractive plurals’.”  Yearbook of Morphology 1998: Theme: The Nature of Morphological Rules 8 (1992): 159.