Dieter Stellmacher

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Dieter Stellmacher (born May 3, 1939 in Klosterheide ) is a German philologist and university professor .

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Stellmacher studied German , Dutch and Slavic studies in Leipzig from 1959 to 1964 . After receiving his doctorate in 1968, he was a German lecturer in Finland from 1969 to 1971 . In 1975 he completed his habilitation in Marburg . He was then a professor in Gießen and from 1976 in Göttingen at the Department of German Philology - Low German Language and Literature. In 1982 Stellmacher took over the management of the Lower Saxony Dictionary ; since 1976 he has been a member of the advisory board with direct scientific responsibility. Stellmacher has been chairman of the Ostfälisches Institut since 1994 . From 1998 to 2006 he was chairman of the International Society of Dialectologists .

He has been retired since 2005. The chair for Low German was not filled again.

In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Krasnoyarsk University .


  • Studies on the spoken language in Lower Saxony. A sociolinguistic investigation (= German dialect geography. Vol. 82). Elwert, Marburg 1977, ISBN 3-7708-0555-0 (also: Marburg, University, habilitation paper, 1975).
  • as editor with Wolfgang Kramer and Ulrich Scheuermann : Commemorative publication for Heinrich Wesche. Wachholtz, Neumünster 1979.
  • Low German. Forms and researches (= German Linguistics series. 31). Niemeyer, Tübingen 1981, ISBN 3-484-10415-5 .
  • Who speaks Platt? On the situation of Low German today. A brief inventory (= writings of the Institute for Low German Language. Documentation series. No. 14). Schuster, Leer 1987, ISBN 3-7963-0250-5 .
  • Low German language. An introduction. (= German textbook collection. Vol. 26). Lang, Bern et al. 1990, ISBN 3-261-04145-5 .
  • Lower Saxony dialect census. Statistical information on language use in the federal state of Lower Saxony (= Journal for Dialectology and Linguistics. Supplements. H. 88). Franz Steiner, Stuttgart 1995, ISBN 3-515-06641-1 .
  • Helmstedt and its languages. An overview of linguistic history (= publications by the Ostfälisches Institut der DEUREGIO Ostfalen. Vol. 3). Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 1999, ISBN 3-89534-249-1 .
  • as editor: Ostfalen. On the history and language of a north German landscape (= publications by the Ostfälisches Institut der DEUREGIO Ostfalen. Vol. 5). Publishing house for regional history, Gütersloh 2005, ISBN 3-89534-555-5 .

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