Education

  • Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 1966.
  • M.A., Slavonic Studies, University of British Columbia, 1962.
  • B.A., Honours in Russian, University of British Columbia, 1961.

Publications

  • ———. “Naturalness and Markedness”. To appear in Logos and Language.
  • ———. Review of Östen Dahl, The Growth and Maintenance of Linguistic Complexity. (Studies in Language Companion Series, 71.) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 333+x pp. To appear in Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift.
  • ———. “Grammaticalization in a speaker-oriented theory of change”. Historical Linguistics and the Theory of Grammar. The Rosendal Papers, ed. by Thórhallur Eythórsson. (Studies in Language Companion) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins. To appear .
  • ———.  “Some thoughts on the history of Russian numeral syntax”. Festschrift for NN. To appear.
  • ———. “Leveling in paradigms. Possibility, impossibility, and contingency”. Festschrift for NN. To appear.
  • ———. Review of Examining the farming/language dispersal hypothesis, ed. by Peter Bellwood and Colin Renfrew  (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Distributed by Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK). 2002. To appear in Folia Linguistica Historica.
  • 2009. Review of Ulrich Detges and Richard Waltereit (eds.), The Paradox of Grammatical Change. Perspectives from Romance. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 293.) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 2008. ii + 252 pages. Diachronica 26.409–413, 2009
  • 2009. “The satem languages of the Indo-European Northwest. First contacts?” The Indo-European Language Family. Questions about its Status, ed. by Angela Marcantonio, 1–31. (Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph Series, 55.) Washington D.C.: Institute for the Study of Man.
  • 2009. “Some thoughts on the history of Russian numeral syntax”. Festschrift for Michael S. Flier. Harvard Ukrainian Studies 28.57–67, 2006.
  • 2009. “Reduplication in Slavic and Baltic. Loss and Renewal”. Morphology 19;2.113–134 (Special Issue on The Diachrony of Reduplication, ed. by Bernhard Hurch and Veroinika Mattes). DOI 10.1007/s11525-009-9137-6
  • 2009. “Partial Accent loss in Slavic and Baltic”. Indo-European Studies Bulletin, 13;2.1–10. Los Angeles: University of California.
  • 2009. “On the origin of the Slavic aspects: Questions of chronology“. Grammatical change in Indo-European languages. Papers presented at the Workshop on Indo-European linguistics at the 18th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Montreal, 2007, ed. by Vit Bubenik, John Hewson and Sarah Rose, 123–140. (Current Issues in Theoretical Linguistics, 305.) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2009. “Noget om analogi”. Dramatikken i Grammatikken, ed. by Rita Therkelsen and Eva Skafte Jensen, 15–25. Roskilde: Institut for Kultur og Identitet, Roskilde Universitet.. To appear.
  • 2009. “Living norms”. From Poets to Padonki. Linguistic Authority and Norm Negotiation in ModernRussian Culture, ed. by Ingunn Lunde and Martin Paulsen, 1–16. (Bergen Series in Linguistics, 9.) Bergen: Universitetet i Bergen.
  • 2008. Review of The Slavicization of the Russian North. Mechanisms and chronology / Die Slavisierung Nordrusslands. Mechanismen und Chronologie / Slavjanizacija russkogo severa. Mexanizmy i xronologija. Ed. by Juhani Nuorluoto. (Slavica Helsingensia, 27.) Helsinki: Department of Slavonic and Baltic Languages and Literatures, University of Helsinki. 377+viii pp. Welt der Slaven 53.392–396,
  • 2008. “Naturalness and Markedness”. Naturalness and Iconicity in Language ed. by Klaas Willems and de Cuypere, 101–119. (Iconicity in Language and Literature, 7.) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2008. “Grammaticalization in a speaker-oriented theory of change”. Grammatical Change and Linguistic Theory. The Rosendal Papers, ed. by Thorhallur Eythorsson, 11–44. (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 113.) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2007. Review of Östen Dahl, The Growth and Maintenance of Linguistic Complexity. (Studies in Language Companion Series, 71.) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 333+x pp. Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift 25.106–110.
  • 2006. Review of Heike Wiese, Numbers, Language, and the Human Mind. Cambridge: University Press, 2003. Languages in Contrast 6.335–339.
  • 2006. Review of Examining the farming/language dispersal hypothesis, ed. by Peter Bellwood and Colin Renfrew  (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Distributed by Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK). 2002. Folia Linguistica Historica 27.201–207.
  • 2006. “The last days of the Russian Future Perfect”. In La linguistique au coeur. Valence verbale, grammaticalisation et corpus. Mélanges offerts à Lene Schøsler à l’occasion de son 60e anniversaire, ed. by Hanne Leth Andersen, Merete Birkelund, and Mai-Britt Mosegaard Hansen, 149–160. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark.
  • 2006. “Synchrony, diachrony,  and evolution”.  Competing models of Linguistic Change. Evolution and Beyond, ed. by Ole Nedergaard Thomsen,  59–90. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 279.) Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2006. “Periphrastic futures in Slavic. Divergence and convergence”. Change in verbal systems. Issues in explanation, ed. by Kerstin Eksell and Thora Vinther, 9–45. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • 2006. “On the Late Common Slavic dialect correspondences Kl—Tl—l”. International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics, 44/45.37–48, 2002–03.
  • 2006. “On Juliette Blevins, ‘A theoretical synopsis of evolutionary phonology’”. Theoretical Linguistics 32.167–174.
  • 2006. “Grammation, regrammation, and degrammation: tense loss in Russian. Diachronica 23.231–258.
  • 2006. “Future and Future Perfect in the Old Novgorod Dialect”. Russian Linguistics 30.1–18.
  • 2005. Review of The Olaf Broch Symposium. A Centenary of Slavic Studies in Norway: Papers, Oslo 12–14 September 1996. International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics 43.193–196. 2001.
  • 2005. Review of The Handbook of Historical Linguistics, ed. by Brian D. Joseph and Richard D. Janda. Malden, Mass.–London–Melbourne–Berlin: Blackwell Publishing. 2003. Diachronica 22.155–175.
  • 2005. Review of Ann Lindvall, Transitivity in Discourse. A Comparison of Greek, Polish and Swedish. (= Travaux de l’Institut de Linguistique de Lund, 37.) Lund: University Press. 1998. International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics 43.196–200. 2001.
  • 2005. “The plasticity of universal grammar”. Convergence. Interdisciplinary Communications 2004/2005, ed. by Willy Østreng, 21–26. Oslo: Centre for Advanced Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.
  • 2005. “On turbulence and historical linguistics”. Convergence. Interdisciplinary Communications 2004/2005, ed. by Willy Østreng, 172–178. Oslo: Centre for Advanced Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.
  • 2004. F. J. Whitfield: Old Church Slavonic Reader, ed. by Henning Andersen and Michael S. Flier. Berkeley: Berkeley Slavic Specialties.
  • 2004. “Morphological change: towards a typology”. Reprinting of 1980a. In Morphology. Critical Concepts in Linguistics, 1–6 ed. by Francis Katamba. Volume 6: Morphology: Its place in the wider context, 397–443
  • 2003. Language Contacts in Prehistory. Studies in Stratigraphy (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 239) ed. by Henning Andersen. Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2003. “Slavic and the Indo-European migrations”. Language Contacts in Prehistory. Studies in Stratigraphy (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 239), ed. by Henning Andersen, 45–76. Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2003. “On bifurcations and the Germanic consonant shifts”. Language in Time and Space. A Festschrift for Werner Winter on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs, 144) ed. by Brigitte L. M. Bauer and Georges-Jean Pinault. Berlin–New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2003. “Introduction”. Language Contacts in Prehistory. Studies in Stratigraphy (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 239), ed. by Henning Andersen, 1–10. Amsterdam– Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2002. Review of Brit Mæhlum, Mellom Skylla og Kharybdis. Forklaringsbegrepet i historisk spraakvitenskap. Oslo: Novus, 1999. Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift 20.225 –227.
  • 2002. “Preglottalization in English and a North Germanic bifurcation”. Sounds and Systems. Studies in Structure and Change. A Festschrift for Theo Vennemann, ed. by David Restle and Dietmar Zaefferer, 15–34. Berlin–New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2001. Review of The Peirce Seminar Papers. Essays in Semiotic Analysis, vol.4. Proceedings of the International Colloquium on Language and Peircean Sign Theory, Duke University, 19–21 June 1997, ed. by Michael Shapiro. New York: Berghahn Books, 1999. Language 77.
  • 2001. Actualization (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 219), ed. by Henning Andersen. Amsterdam–Philadelphia: Benjamins. vi + 250 pp.
  • 2001. “Markedness and the theory of linguistic change”, Actualization (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 219), ed. by Henning Andersen, 19–57. Amsterdam–Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2001. “Introduction”, Actualization (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 219), ed. by Henning Andersen, 1–18. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • 2001. “Actualization and the (uni)directionality of change”, Actualization (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 219), ed. by Henning Andersen, 225–248. Amsterdam–Philadelphia: Benjamins.
  • 2000 “Nedertysk og slavisk. Fra sprogberigelse til sprogdød”, Spraakkontakt. Innverknaden fraa nedertysk paa andre nordeuropeiske spraak (Spraakhistoriske prinsipp for laanord i nordiske spraak 2), ed. by Ernst Haakon Jahr, 111–130. Copenhagen: Nordisk Raad.
  • 1999. “The Western South Slavic contrast Sn. sah-ni-ti // SC sah-nu-ti”, Slovenski jezik. Slovene Linguistic Studies 2.47–62.
  • 1998. “The Common Slavic vowel shifts”, American Contributions to the Twelfth International Congress of Slavists, Cracow, Aug.– Sept. 1998. Literature. Linguistics. Poetics, ed. by Robert A. Maguire and Alan H. Timberlake, 239–249. Bloomington, Ind.: Slavica Publishers.
  • 1998. “Does the past have a future. Reflections on the Jakobson Heritage”, The Roman Jakobson Centenary Symposium, Copenhagen 10–12 October 1996, ed. by Per Aage Brandt et al., Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 29.149–177.
  • 1998. “Dialektnaja differenciacija obshcheslavjanskogo jazyka. Paradoks obshchix tendencij razvitija s razlichnymi lokal’nymi rezul’tatami”, American Contributions to the Twelfth International Congress of Slavists, Cracow, Aug.– Sept. 1998. Literature. Linguistics. Poetics, ed. by Robert A. Maguire and Alan H. Timberlake, 565–600. Bloomington, Ind.: Slavica Publishers.
  • 1998. “A glimpse of the homeland of the Slavs: ecological and cultural change in prehistory”, Proceedings of the Seventh UCLA Indo-European Conference, Los Angeles, 1995 (Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph Series, 27) ed. by Angela della Volpe, 1–67. Washington D.C.: Institute for the Study of Man.[English version of 1998: “Vzgljad na ….”]
  • 1998. “[Chapter] 14. Slavic”, The Indo-European Languages, ed. by Anna Giacalone Ramat and Paolo Ramat, 415–453. London–New York: Routledge. [English version of 1993.]
  • 1996. Reconstructing prehistorical dialects: Initial vowels in Slavic and Baltic (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs, 91). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. xviii + 238 pp.
  • 1996. “Vzgljad na slavjanskuju prarodinu: doistoricheskie izmenenija v ekologii i kul’ture”, Voprosy jazykoznanija 1996;5.65–106, 1996;6.31–40.
  • 1996. “The Ukrainian fourth declension”. Harvard Ukrainian Studies. 18.154–166. (Special Issue: Ukrainian Philology and Linguistics ed. by Michael S. Flier.)
  • 1996. “Consonant reduction in Russian”, The Language and Verse of Russia. Festschrift for Dean S. Worth ed. by Henrik Birnbaum and Michael S. Flier, 19–30.
  • 1995. Historical Linguistics 1993. Papers from the 11th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed. by Henning Andersen. Amsterdam: Benjamins. ix + 460 pp.
  • 1994. “Vilhelm Thomsen”, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, ed. by R. E. Asher and J. M. Y. Simpson, 9.4608–4609. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • 1994. “Karl Verner”, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, ed. by R. E. Asher and J. M. Y. Simpson, 9.4929–4930. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • 1994. “Jakob Hornemann Bredsdorff”, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, ed. by R. E. Asher and J. M. Y. Simpson, 1.401–402. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • 1994. “Holger Pedersen”, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, ed. by R. E. Asher and J. M. Y. Simpson, 6.2997–2998. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • 1994. “Herman Møller”, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, ed. by R. E. Asher and J. M. Y. Simpson, 5.2521–2522. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • 1993. “Le lingue slave”. In Le lingue indoeuropee, ed. by Paolo Ramat and Anna Giacalone-Ramat, 441–480. Bologna: Il Mulino.
  • 1991. “On the projection of equivalence relations into syntagms”. New Vistas in Grammar: Invariance and Variation, ed. by Stephen Rudy and Linda R. Waugh, 287–311. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • 1990. Historical Linguistics 1987. Papers from the 8th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed. by Henning Andersen and Konrad Koerner. Amsterdam: Benjamins. x + 577 pp.
  • 1990. “The structure of drift”. Historical Linguistics 1987. Papers from the 8th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed. by Henning Andersen and Konrad Koerner, 1–20. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • 1989. “Understanding linguistic innovations”. Language Change: Contributions to the Study of its Causes, ed. by Leiv Egil Breivik and Ernst Haakon Jahr, 5–28. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1989. “Markedness theory: the first 150 years”. Markedness in synchrony and diachrony, ed. by Olga Miseska Tomic, 11–46. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1988. “Center and periphery: adoption, diffusion, and spread”, Historical Dialectology, Regional and Social, ed. by Jacek Fisiak, 39–83. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1987. “Roman Jakobson and the semiotic foundations of phonology”. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 1–6, ed. by U. E. Viks, 4.357–361. Tallinn: Academy of Sciences of the Estonian S.S.R.
  • 1987. “From auxiliary to desinence”. Historical Development of Auxiliaries, ed. by Martin Harris and Paolo Ramat, 21–52. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1986. Sandhi Phenomena in the Languages of Europe, ed. by Henning Andersen. The Hague–Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. xii + 616 pp.
  • 1986. “Sandhi and prosody: reconstruction and typology”. Sandhi Phenomena in the Languages of Europe, ed. by Henning Andersen, 231–248. The Hague–Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1986. “Protoslavic and Common Slavic: questions of periodization and terminology”, Slavic Linguistics, Poetics, Cultural History. In Honor of Henrik Birnbaum on his Sixtieth Birthday, 13 December 1985 (= International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics 31/32), ed. by Michael S. Flier and Dean S. Worth, 67–82. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers.
  • 1986. “Introduction: Sandhi”, Sandhi Phenomena in the Languages of Europe, ed. by Henning Andersen, 1–8. The Hague–Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1985. “On projective iconicity”. Arbejdspapirer fra Institut for Lingvistik ved Københavns Universitet 5.60–70.
  • 1984. “Language structure and semiotic processes”. Arbejdspapirer fra Institut for Lingvistik ved Københavns Universitet 3.33–54.
  • 1982. “Jakob Hornemann Bredsdorff, ‘On the Causes of Linguistic Change’. English translation with commentary and an essay on J. H. Bredsdorff”, Historiographia Linguistica 9.1–41.
  • 1980. “Summarizing discussion: Introduction”. In Typology and Genetics of Language. Proceedings of the Rask-Hjelmslev Symposium, held at the University of Copenhagen, 3–5 Sepetember 1979 (= Travaux du Cercle Linguistique de Copenhague,20), ed. by Torben Thrane et al., 197–210. Copenhagen: Reitzel.
  • 1980. “Russian conjugation: acquisition and evolutive change”. Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed. by Elizabeth C. Traugott et al., 285–301. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • 1980. “Morphological change: towards a typology”. Recent Developments in Historical Morphology ed. by Jacek Fisiak, 1–50. The Hague: Mouton.
  • 1979. “Phonology as semiotic”. A Semiotic Landscape. Proceedings of the First Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, ed. by Seymour Chatman, 377–381. The Hague: Mouton.
  • 1978. “Vocalic and consonantal languages”. Studia Linguistica A. V. Issatschenko a Collegis et Amicis oblata, ed. by Lubomir Durovic et al., 1–12. Lisse: De Ridder Press.1978. “Perceptual and conceptual factors in abductive innovations”. Recent Developments in Historical Phonology, ed. by Jacek Fis

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, elected 1995.
  • University of California President’s Research Fellow 1997-1998
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 1997-1998