Brian Joseph

Brian Joseph

Brian Joseph

Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and The Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures

joseph.1@osu.edu

100 Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

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I study the way language changes over time, focusing mainly on change in the Greek language in its genealogical context as a member of the Indo-European language family, in its geographic context as a language in contact historically with numerous other languages in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, and in its human context as a natural human language. I try always to draw general conclusions about the nature of language change from the specifics of change in Greek and related languages, especially Albanian and Sanskrit.