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Nussbaum, Alan Jeffrey

Professor

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phone: 607/255-8331
room: Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 324

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Department Appointments

  • Linguistics (LING)
  • Classics (CLASS)

Graduate Fields

  • Classics
  • Linguistics

Other Affiliations

  • South Asia Program

Keywords

Greek and Latin Linguistics

Overview

The research Nussbaum has done has been on two different sets of things. On one side he's been interested in Indo-European linguistics in general, where most of his attention has been on questions the inflectional and (especially) derivational morphology of nominal forms in the reconstructed protolanguage. More specifically, he has worked on the morphological and semantic reconstruction of some characteristic denominative substantives and adjectives of Proto-Indo-European-e.g. collectives, "decasuatives" (nominals derived from actual case forms, rather than the stems, of their substantival bases), and the "Caland system." His second research area is Greek and Latin comparative and historical linguistics, where he's studied a number of problems in Greek and Latin phonology and morphology, done some work on the Italic dialects, and dealt with Homeric language, largely from the point of view of Greek historical grammar, but also with an eye on the purely phonological and morphological aspects of the technique of epic composition.    

Research

  • Historical linguistics
  • Indo-European linguistics

Courses

Spring 2015 Office Hours:
By appointment

Spring 2015
English Words: Histories and Mysteries (CLASS 1699/LING 1109)
Greek Dialects (GREEK 4455/LING 4455)

Fall 2014
Greek Comparative Grammar (GREEK 4411/LING 4451)
Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics (LING 2261/LING 4461)

Spring 2014
Elementary Ancient Greek II (GREEK 1102)
Indo-European Workshop (LING 6635)

Spring 2013
English Words: Histories and Mysteries (CLASS 1699/LING 1109)
Homer (GREEK 2103)

Fall 2012
Elementary Ancient Greek I (GREEK 1101)
Greek Dialects (GREEK 4455/LING 4455)

Spring 2012
English Words: Histories and Mysteries (CLASS 1699/LING 1109)
Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics (LING 2261/LING 4461)

Fall 2011
Elementary Ancient Greek I (GREEK 1101)
Structure of Latin (LATIN 4453/LING 4453/ROMS 4453)

Spring 2011
English Words: Histories and Mysteries (CLASS 1699/LING 1109)
Elementary Ancient Greek II (GREEK 1102)

Fall 2010
Intermediate Latin I (LATIN 1205)
Elementary Ancient Greek I (GREEK 1101)

Spring 2010
On leave

Fall 2009
Elementary Sanskrit I (CLASS 1331/LING 1131/SANSK 1131)
Greek Dialects (GREEK 4455/LING 4455)

Spring 2009
Latin Prose (LATIN 2201)
Homeric Philology (GREEK 4457/LING 4457)

Fall 2008
Elementary Sanskrit I (CLASS 1331/LING 1131/SANSK 1131)
Greek Comparative Grammar (GREEK 4411/LING 4451)

Selected Publications

Books

 Two Studies in Greek and Homeric Linguistics (Göttingen 1998).

 Head and Horn in Indo-European  (Berlin-New York 1986).

 Selected Papers

 “Feminine, Abstract, Collective, Neuter Plural” in Studies on the Collective and Feminine in Indo-European from a Diachronic and Typological Perspective (Leiden-Boston 2014), 273-306.

 “Arcadian λευτον (IG V.ii.3, 3) Plus/Minus λευτοντες (IG V.ii.16, 10)” in Scripta Classica Israelica 32 (2013) 1-19.

 “PIE ‑Cmn- and Greek τρᾱνής ‘clear’” in Ex Anatolia Lux: Anatolian and Indo-European studies in honor of H. Craig Melchert (Ann Arbor 2010), 269-277.

 “Homeric ΟΡΗΑΙ (ξ 343) and ΟΜΕΙΤΑΙ (Ι 274): Two of a Kind?” in Essays on Homeric Epic: Colby Quarterly 38.2 (2002), 175-196.