Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Brian D. Joseph

Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics, and The Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics

The Ohio State University
Linguistics // Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1978, Linguistics

A.M., Harvard University, 1976, Linguistics

A.B., Yale University, 1973, Linguistics

Principal Publications

1. Morphology and Universals in Syntactic Change: Evidence from Medieval and Modern Greek (Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series). New York: Garland Publishers, 1990 (pp. 314 + xviii). [Expanded and updated version of 1978 Harvard University Ph.D. Dissertation]

2. The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: A Study in Areal, General, and Historical Linguistics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Supplementary Series, 1983 (pp. 341 + xiv); reissued in paperback, 2009.

3. Modern Greek (with Irene Philippaki-Warburton). London: Croom Helm Ltd. Publishers, 1987 (pp. 281 + xvi).

4. Language Change, Language History, and Language Relationship. An Introduction to Historical Linguistics (with Hans H. Hock). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (In Trends in Linguistics — Studies and Monographs series), 1996 (p. 608 + xxx). Second, revised, edition, 2009 (pp. 588 + xviii).

5. Greek. In The World’s Major Languages, ed. B. Comrie. Croom Helm Ltd. Publishers, 1987, pp. 410-439 (reprinted in The Major Languages of Eastern Europe, ed. B. Comrie, Routledge Publishers, 1990, pp. 144-173); updated version in The World’s Major Languages, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2009), pp. 347-372.

Department of Linguistics
100 Oxley Hall
The Ohio State University
1712 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio USA 43210



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Areas of Specialization

History of Greek (Ancient through Modern)

Greek Dialectology

Historical Linguistics

Indo-European Linguistics

Balkan Linguistics

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

History of Modern Greek

Introduction to Modern Greek Linguistics

Balkan Linguistics

Language and Ideology

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