Alan Nussbaum - Professor
The research I have done has been on two different sets of things. On one side I've been interested in Indo-European linguistics in general, where most of my attention has been on questions the inflectional and (especially) derivational morphology of nominal forms in the reconstructed protolanguage. More specifically, I've 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." My second research area is Greek and Latin comparative and historical linguistics, where I've 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.
- Languages: Elementary and Intermediate Greek, Elementary and Intermediate Latin, Elementary and Intermediate Sanskrit, Greek prose composition.
- Greek and Latin Linguistics and Philology: Greek Comparative Grammar, Greek Dialects, Mycenaean Greek, Homeric Linguistics; Latin Comparative Grammar, Archaic Latin, Plautine Philology, Italic Dialects.
- Indo-European Linguistics: Sanskrit Comparative Grammar, Seminars on Indo-European nominal formation, derivation and inflection in general, and on "Caland systems" in particular.
- General Historical Linguistics.
- Head and Horn in Indo-European (Berlin-New York 1986)
- Two Studies in Greek and Homeric Linguistics (Göttingen 1998)
- March 2004: Invited speaker at the University of California (Berkeley) Workshop on Language and Dialect in Ancient Italy: "Faliscan (pi)pafo: an (an)alysis."
- April 2004: Invited speaker at the Ford Foundation Workshop on Indo-European Historical Linguistics and Poetics (Harvard University): "Some Thoughts on Proto-Indo-European Root Nouns."
- May 2004: Invited speaker at the Twenty-third East Coast Indo-European Conference (Virginia Tech): "Cool *-e:d-: The Latin fri:ge:do: and Greek alge:do:n, te:kedo:n, and hri:gedanos types."
- Summer 2004: Instructor at the Summer School of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft, (Free University of Berlin).
- November 2004: Invited speaker at the Sixteenth Annual UCLA
Indo-European Conference: "A -t- Party: Various IE nominal stems in