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Dorothy Disterheft

Associate Professor (English)
University of South Carolina

Office: Humanities Office Building 211
Email: ddisterheft@sc.rr.com
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Education

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Publications

Books

1980     The syntactic development of the infinitive in Indo-European. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Press. 220 pages.

1997     Studies in honor of Jaan Puhvel, Part I: Ancient languages and philology, edited with Martin Huld and JohnGreppin. Washington D.C: Institute for the Study of Man. (Indo-European Studies Monograph, vol. 20) 250 pages.

2003     Advanced grammar: A manual for students. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. 480 pages.

Articles (refereed)

1979     Subjunctive for indicative’ in Avestan, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 93.25-30.

1981     Remarks on the history of the Indo-European infinitive, Folia linguistica historica 2.3-34.

1981     The Indo-Iranian predicate infinitive, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 95.110-21.

1984     Non-final verbs in Hittite, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 97.221-7.

1985     Purpose and consecutive in Irish, Ériu 36.107-23.

1986     The structure and diachrony of consecutives, Diachronica 3.1-14.

1990     The role of adaptive rules in language change, Diachronica 7:181-98.

2012     Word order change in Insular Celtic. Journal of historical linguistics (to appear).

Book Chapters

1976     The voice of the infinitive in the RigVeda, Proceeding of the Second International Conference Historical Linguistics,ed. by W. Christie, 105-25. Amsterdam: North Holland (1976).

1982     Subject raising in Old Irish, Papers from the Fifth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed. by A.Ahlqvist, 44-53. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

1984     Irish complementation: a case study in two types of syntactic change, Historical syntax, ed. by J. Fisiak, 89-106. Berlin: Mouton.

1986     Consecutives and serials in Indo-European, Linguistics across historical and geographical boundaries. In honour of Jacek Fisiak, ed. by A. Szwedek and D. Kastovsky, 293-300. Berlin: Mouton.

1987     The diachronic relationship of morphology and syntax, Papers from the VIIth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed. by A.Giacalone Ramat, O. Carruba and G. Bernini, 211-20. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

1993     Parameter resetting, Historical linguistics 1991, ed. by Jaap van Marle, 87-97. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2010     Subordination (with Carlotta Viti), A companion to historical linguistics, edited by Silvia Luraghi and Vit Bubenik, 230-49. London/New York: Continuum.

Invited Papers

1990     Women in linguistics: recent trends, The Cornell lectures: women in the linguistics profession, ed. by Alice Davison and Penelope Eckert, 89-110. Washington, D.C.: The Linguistic Society of America.

1997     Syntactic innovation in Early Irish. Dán do oide. Essays in memory of Conn R. Ó Cléirigh 1927-1995, ed. by Anders Ahlqvist and Véra Çapková, p. 123-33. Dublin: Institiúid Teangeolaíchta Éireann.

1997     The evolution of Indo-European infinitives. Studies in honor of Jaan Puhvel, Part I: Ancient languages and philology, ed. by Dorothy Disterheft, Martin Huld, and John Greppin, 101-22. Washington D.C: Institute for the Study of Man. (Indo-European Studies Monograph, volume 20).

1997     Irish evidence for Indo-European royal consecration. Studies in honor of Jaan Puhvel, Part II: Comparative religion and mythology, ed. by Edgar Polomé and John Greppin, 105-20 Washington D.C: Institute for the Study of Man. (Indo-European Studies Monograph, vol. 21).

Reviews

1980     Jared S. Klein, The particle u in the Rigveda: a synchronic and diachronic study (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1978), Language 56.222-3.

1981     H.S. Ananthanarayana, A syntactic study of Old Aryan (Hyderabad: Osmania University, 1979), Language 57.491-92.

1981     M. Deshpande, Evolution of syntactic theory in Sanskrit grammar (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Karoma Press, 1980), Language 57.492-3.

1987     W. Lehmann and Y. Malkiel, eds. Perspectives on historical linguistics (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1982), Romance philology 41.179-86.

1991     René Appel and Pieter Muysken, Language contact and bilingualism (London: Edward Arnold, 1987), Journal of pidgin and creole languages 6.306-10.

2010     John Hewson and Vit Bubenik. From case to adposition: the development of configurational syntax in Indo-European languages. (Amsterdam and New York: John Benjamins, 2006), Language 86.726-27.

Papers Read

1976        The voice of the infinitive in the Rig-Veda, II. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Tucson

1977        Indeterminacy in Indo-European non-finite complementation, Linguistics Dept, University of California, Berkeley

1978        The development of Indo-European infinitives, Linguistics Dept, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1978        On the spread of dative infinitives in Indo-European, LSA Annual Meeting, Boston

1979        Syntactic universals of infinitives, Linguistics Program, University of California, Davis

               Clause union in Old Irish, LSA Annual Meeting, Los Angeles

1980        Towards a syntactic definition of infinitives, Linguistics Colloquium, University of South Carolina

1981        Irish complementation: a case study in two types of syntactic change, International Conference on Historical Syntax, Poznan, Poland

1981        Remarks on subject raising in Old and Middle Irish, V. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Galway, Ireland

1984        The Táin Bó Cúailnge: an Indo-European rite of royal consecration, Sixth Annual Celtic Studies Conference, University of California, Los Angeles

1984        On the relationship of linguistics and philology, Indo-European Studies Colloquium, University of California, Los Angeles

1984        On the diachrony of consecutives, Linguistics Colloquium, University of South Carolina

1984        The structure of consecutives and serials, LSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore

1985        The diachronic relationship of syntax and morphology, VII. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Pavia

1985        Diachronic syntax, synchronic morphology, LSA Annual Meeting, Seattle

1986-7     Early Irish diachronic syntax, 12 lectures delivered to the Early Irish Seminar, University College Dublin, on research produced under auspices of Fulbright Research/Lecturing Award

1987        Sentential subjects and objects in Early Irish, University College, Galway

1987        Abduction, teleology, and the Transparency Principle, VIII. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Lille

1987        Explaining language change, Linguistics Colloquium, University of South Carolina

1988        Syntactic innovation and syntactic history, Georgetown University Roundtable on Linguistics, Washington, D.C.

1988        The morphology and syntax of Early Irish infinitival complements, Symposium on Typology and Universals, Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, Memphis

1988        More verbal characteristics of the verbal noun, Celtic Studies Association of North America annual meeting, Los Angeles

1988        Gaining transitivity: a major mechanism of syntactic change, Linguistics Colloquium, University of South Carolina

1988        Panel: Getting tenure, for annual meeting of the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics, LSA Annual Meeting, New Orleans (organizer and moderator of panel)

1989        Where we stand today, Conference on the Status of Women in Linguistics, Cornell University

1989        Changing transitivity, IX. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Rutgers University

1989        The transition problem, catastrophic change, and adaptive rules, LSA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

1990        On the non-disruptive nature of language change, 19th Annual Linguistics Symposium, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

1990        Word order change in Celtic, Celtic Studies Assn. of North America, UCLA

1990        Adaptive rules, Linguistics Colloquium, University of South Carolina

1991        Parameter resetting, X. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Amsterdam

1994        Is there exaptation in syntax? Linguistics Seminar, University of Manchester

1997        Celtic typological change as transitivity shift, XIII. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Düsseldorf. Presented as part of Workshop on Typological Change: Causes and Consequences, organized by Raymond Hickey and Dorothy Disterheft

1998        Why language change looks gradual, Linguistics Department, University of Florida

1998        Celtic consonants, Historical linguistics research group, University of South Carolina

1999        Linguistic teleology — a dead end, Linguistics Colloquium, University of South Carolina

2010        Grammaticalized raising in Early Irish, Celtic Linguistics Conference 6, Dublin

2010        Grassmann’s Law in Indo-European, XXII UCLA Annual Indo-European Conference, Los Angeles

2011        Word order change in Insular Celtic: evidence from Old Irish, International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 20, Thessaloniki

2012        Word order change in Celtic, 43rd Poznan Linguistics Meeting (PLM), Poznan

2012        Clause structure in Old Irish, Tionól 2012, Dublin