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Robert B. Dewell

Professor of Languages and Cultures


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Languages and Cultures


Robert Dewell taught German language, German cultural history, and linguistics at Loyola from 1976 to 2014. He served as Department Chair from 1982 to 1987 and again from 2005 to 2007. He was Director of the Ross Foreign Language Center from 1988 to 1993, and coordinated Loyola in Berlin from 2001 to 2004. He is the author of multiple articles in the field of cognitive linguistics, as well as two books: The Meaning of Particle/Prefix Constructions in German (2011) and The Semantics of German Verb Prefixes (2015).

Classes Taught

  • First Year German I
  • First Year German II
  • Second Year German I
  • Second Year German II

Areas of Expertise

  • German Language
  • German Cultural History
  • Linguistics


The Semantics of German Verb Prefixes. 2015. Human Cognitive Processing 49. John Benjamins. 284 pp.

The Meaning of Particle/Prefix Constructions in German (Human Cognitive Processing 34). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011.

"Moving over: The role of systematic semantic processes in defining individual lexemes." Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 5 (2008), pp. 271-88.

”Moving around: The role of the conceptualizer in semantic interpretation,” Cognitive Linguistics 18,3 (2007), pp. 383-415.

"Why Monday comes before Tuesday: The role of a non-deictic conceptualizer," Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 25,3 (2007), pp. 291-301.