I teach courses in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics, working primarily within the Germanic family of languages. My research seeks to better understand the social factors and typological tendencies affecting language change; and the social, economic and community factors that affect language shift, particularly in heritage communities.
A large part of my research is focused on heritage languages, or: linguistic communities of bilingual speakers whose mother tongue differs from the language of the society at large. I study both the linguistic effects of bilingualism in these contact varieties, as well as the sociological factors affecting language shift. Additionally, I work on diachronic change in Germanic, including the development and progression of complementizer agreement as a linguistic cycle; and language contact in early Germanic.
Recent publications include the chapter on Germanic in The Indo-European Languages (Routledge, 2017), co-authored with Joseph Salmons; and two special issues of Journal of Language Contact (Volume 11.2 & 11.3, 2018), which I co-edited with Joshua R. Brown.
Joshua Bousquette. 2018. Is das der Hammer, das du den Traktor gebrochen hast mit? Preposition Stranding in Wisconsin Heritage German. Selected Proceedings of the 8th Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA 8): 18-27.
Joshua Bousquette. 2018. You take the low road and I’ll take the high road: Variation in agreement structure in Wisconsin Heritage German. Journal of Language Contact 11(3): 527-564.
Joshua Bousquette & Joseph Salmons. 2017. The Germanic Languages. In Mate Kapović (ed.) The Indo-European Languages, 2nd edn., (Routledge Language Family Series), 387-420. London: Routledge.
Joshua Bousquette, Benjamin Frey, Michael Putnam, Joseph Salmons & Daniel Nützel. 2016. Parasitic Gapping in Bilingual Grammar: Evidence from Wisconsin German. Heritage Language Journal 13(1): 1-28.
Todd Ehresmann & Joshua Bousquette. 2015. Phonological Non-integration of Lexical Borrowings in Wisconsin West Frisian. In Janne Bondi Johannessen & Joseph Salmons (eds.) Germanic heritage languages in North America: Acquisition, attrition and change (Studies in Language Variation 18), 234-255. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Joshua Bousquette. 2014. Complementizer Agreement in eastern Wisconsin: (Central) Franconian features in an American heritage language community. Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung / Language Typology and Universals 67(4): 561-588.