Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Donald Dyer

Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Russian and Linguistics

Office: Ventress 204
Email: mldyer@olemiss.edu
Phone: (662) 915-7178

Education:
Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics, University of Chicago (1990)
M.A. in Slavic Linguistics, University of Chicago (1982)
B.A. in Russian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1980)

Teaching and Research Interests:
Slavic and Balkan linguistics, Bulgarian and the Romanian of Moldova, language in contact

Courses Taught:
Honors 101
Honors 102
LING 350
LING 600

Publications:

Books

Reimagining the Balkans and Widening the Bund: Does Moldova Belong? Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture Series in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics, forthcoming

The Romanian Dialect of Moldova: A Study in Language and Politics. 1999. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press

Word Order in the Simple Bulgarian Sentence: A Study in Grammar, Semantics and Pragmatics. 1992. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Rodopi Editions, B.V.

Volumes and Journals

Twentieth Anniversary of the Kenneth E. Naylor Lectures in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics (= Balkanistica 31), (co-editor with Brian D. Joseph and Mary Allen Johnson), forthcoming in 2019

Balkanistica 31, 2018

Proceedings from the Eighth Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies (= Balkanistica 30:2) (co-editor with Victor A. Friedman), 2017

Balkanistica 30:1, 2017

Balkanistica 29, 2016

Од Чикаго и назад: Papers to Honor Victor A. Friedman on the Occasion of His Retirement (= Balkanistica 28) (co-editor with Brian D. Joseph and Christina E. Kramer), 2015

Balkanistica 27, 2014

Balkanistica 26, 2013

Macedonian Matters: Proceedings from the Seventh Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies (= Balkanistica 25:2) (co-editor with Victor A. Friedman), 2012

Balkanistica 25:1, 2012

Balkanistica 24, 2011

The Banff Papers (= Balkanistica 23) (co-editor with Olga Mladenova and Tom Priestly), 2010

Balkanistica 22, 2009

Balkanistica 21, 2008

Balkanistica 20, 2007

The Bill Question: Contributions to the Study of Linguistics and Languages in Honor of Bill J. Darden on the Occasion of His Sixty-Sixth Birthday (co-editor with Howard I. Aronson, Victor A. Friedman, Daniela S. Hristova and Jerrold M. Sadock). Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2006

Balkanistica 19 (An Anthology of Bulgarian Literature), 2006

Balkanistica 18, 2005

Balkanistica 17, 2004

Balkanistica 16, 2003

Of All the Slavs My Favorites: Studies in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics in Honor of Howard I. Aronson on the Occasion of His 66th Birthday (co-editor with Victor A. Friedman). Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers, 2002

Papers from the Third Conference on Formal Approaches to South Slavic and Balkan Languages (= Balkanistica 15) (co-editor with Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova, Iliyana Krapova and Catherine Rudin), University, MS: University of Mississippi Printing Services, 2002

Balkanistica 14, 2001

Balkanistica 13 (Special Millennial Issue), 2000

Balkanistica 12, 1999

Balkanistica 11, 1998

Нека му е вечна славата: Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Zbigniew Gołab [19 March 1923-24 March 1994] (= Balkanistica 10) 1997

Studies in Moldovan: The History, Culture, Language and Contemporary Politics of the People of Moldova. Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs, 1996

Bulgaria, Transitions and Turning Points (= Balkanistica 9) (co-editor with Dennis Hupchick). Pittsburgh: Design Systems Printing, 1996

Articles

By Your Command: Machine Translation of Topicalized Objects in Bulgarian,” in preparation

“‘Indeterminedly Definite’ after All These Years: A Tribute to Naylor 1983,” Twentieth Anniversary of the Kenneth E. Naylor Lectures in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics, forthcoming in 2019

“I Don’t Care If It Is True, I Don’t Believe It!”: The Linguistic Shibbeloth of Moldovan,” Balkanistica 31, forthcoming in 2018

One of a Kind”: Specificity Breeds Duplicity,” Contributions to the Study of Bulgarian and English Linguistics in Honor of Christo Stamenov on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday, forthcoming in 2018

“Doubling Down: What More Internet Searches Can Tell Us about Reduplicated Pronouns in Bulgarian,” Contributions in Honor of an Unnamed Scholar on the Occasion of His Retirement, forthcoming in 2018

“Making Things Specific and More Specific: Information Packaging, Determinedness and Intonation in the Bulgarian Sentence,” Southern Journal of Linguistics (Special Memorial Volume for Rebecca L. Moreton), 40:2, pp. 59-84, 2016a

“Bulgarian Replicated Pronouns: Another Quarter Century On,” Culturi şi Civilizaţii Est-Europene: In Memoriam Aida Todi (East European Cultures and Civilizations), Marina Cap-Bun (ed.), Constanta, Romania: Universitatea Ovidius Constanta, pp. 261-97, 2016b

“’Hey, Teachers Leave Them Kids Alone’: What a Difference a Decade Has Made for the Bulgarians of Moldova and Their language,” Од Чикаго и назад: Papers to Honor Victor A. Friedman on the Occasion of His Retirement (= Balkanistica 28), Donald L. Dyer, Brian D. Joseph and Christina E. Kramer (eds), pp. 107-30, 2015

“‘Neither Hungarian, nor Romanian’: Language Use, Attitudes, Strategies, Linguistic Identity and Ethnicity in the Moldavian Csángó Villages by Lehel Peti and Vilmos Tánczos (eds),” Balkanistica 27, pp. 163-68, 2014

“Remarks on Moldovan Phonology and Ethnic Speech Identity” (with Felice A. Coles), Balkanistica 26, pp. 31-46, 2013

“How Words Change Meaning: Observations on the Evolution of Modern Russian Lexical Semantics in Post-Soviet Moldova” (with Valentina Iepuri and Tatiana Kadyrbaeva), Съпоставително езикознание XXXV(3), pp. 101-08, 2010

“A Case Study on Lexical Change and Semantic Shift in the Russian of Moldova” (with Valentina Iepuri and Tatiana Kadîrbaeva), Probleme actuale de lingvistică, glotodidactică și știinţă literară, vol. IV, partea I, Chișinău: Universitatea din Moldova, pp. 384-92, 2009.

“Romanian Studies in North America, Part 2: Romance Monographs,” Studiile Romanești în lume în 2008 (Romanian Studies around the World in 2008), Marina Cap-Bun (ed.), București: Cartea Universitară, pp. 215-19, 2008

“‘With Our Head and Your Hands’: A Sociolinguistic Study of Contemporary Moldova Since Its Independence from the Soviet Union,” Southern Journal of Linguistics XXXI(1), pp. 20-37, 2007a

Balkanistica and Romanian Studies,” Studiile Romanești în lume în 2007 (Romanian Studies around the World in 2007), Marina Cap-Bun (ed.), București: Cartea Universitară, pp. 177-81, 2007b

“At Last, a Moldovan-Romanian Dictionary and Recurrent Linguistic Troubles in the Republic of Moldova,” The Bill Question: Contributions to the Study of Linguistics and Languages in Honor of Bill J. Darden on the Occasion of His Sixty-Sixth Birthday, Howard I. Aronson, Donald L. Dyer, Victor A. Friedman, Daniela S. Hristova and Jerrold M. Sadock (eds), Bloomington, IN: Slavica, pp. 67-86, 2006a

“Whither Post-Soviet Russian? A Linguistic Case Study of Moldova,” Номинация и дискурс: Материалы докладов международной научной конференции. Минск, Беларусь, 8-9 ноября 2006г, pp. 59-62, 2006b

“The Syntactic Spread of WHERE in Contemporary American English,” In Memory of Richard B. Klein: Essays in Contemporary Philology, Felice A. Coles (ed.), University, MS: Romance Monographs, pp. 148-57, 2005a

“How Grammaticality Eludes: The Relationship between Nonstandard and Evolving Language,” The Vocabula Review 8(3) (March), pp. 1-10, 2005b

“Diasporic Bulgarian in a Multilingual Moldova: Valea Perjei, Taraclia and Their Departure from the Norm,” Die Welt der Slaven L(2), pp. 225-40, 2005c

“Bălgarskijat ezik v Moldova ‘The Bulgarian Language in Moldova’ and Hidden Linguistic Treasures on the Plains of Bessarabia,” Balkanistica 18, pp. 131-36, 2005d

“The Bulgarians of Moldova and Their Language,” Current Trends in Caucasian, East European and Inner Asian Linguistics, Dee Ann Holisky and Kevin Tuite (eds), Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 48-59, 2002a

“Moldova and the Balkans: One Sprachbund or Two?” Of All the Slavs My Favorites: Studies in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics in Honor of Howard I. Aronson on the Occasion of His 66th Birthday, Victor A. Friedman and Donald L. Dyer (eds), Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers, pp. 117-38, 2002b

Problemy jazyka, istorii i kul’tury bolgarskoj diaspory v Moldove i Ukraine ‘Problems of Language, History and Culture of the Bulgarian Diaspora in Moldova and Ukraine,’ S.Z. Novakov, G.A. Gajdarzhi, P.F. Stojanov and N.N. Chervenkov and Bulgarian Studies in Moldova,” Balkanistica 14, pp. 145-52, 2001a

“Интенсификация репликативных местоимений и воздействие грамматических категорий на местоименный материал в болгарском языке” (The Intensification of Replicated Pronouns and the Influence of Grammatical Categories on Pronominal Material in Bulgarian) (translation into Russian by Igor Smirnov), Некоторые вопросы общего и частного языкознания (Questions of General and Regional Linguistics), Pjatigorsk, Russia: Pjatigorsk State University Press, pp. 3-26, 2001b

“The Mixed Idiom: Its Linguistic Dynamics and Psychological Implications” (with Felice A. Coles and Rebecca L. Moreton), Психологические исследования: слово, текст (Studies in Psycholinguistics: Word and Text), Tver’, Russia: Tver’ State Linguistics University, pp. 100-10, 2001c

“The Romanian Language,” Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism, Richard Frucht (ed.), p. 696, 2000a

“The Mixed Idiom in English: Its Linguistic Dynamics and Psychological Implications,” От слова к тексту: Материалы докладов международной конференции. Минск, Беларусь,13-14 ноября 2000г, pp. 26-27, 2000b

“Some Influences of Russian on the Romanian of Moldova during the Soviet Period,” Slavic and East European Journal 43(1), pp. 85-98, 1999

“What Price Languages in Contact?: The Influence of Russian on the Syntax of the Moldovan Dialect of Romanian,” Nationalities Papers 26:1 (Special Topic Issue, Moldova: The Forgotten Republic), Michael Hamm (ed.), pp. 73-86, 1998

“Marked Word Orders in the Bulgarian Sentence and Their Functional Classifications,” Нека му е вечна славата: Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Zbigniew Gołab [19 March 1923-24 March 1994] (= Balkanistica 10), pp. 108-25, 1997

“The Making of the Moldavian Language,” Studies in Moldovan: The History, Culture, Language and Contemporary Politics of the People of Moldova, Donald L. Dyer (ed.), pp. 89-109, 1996a

“On Reading, Teaching Reading and Affective Semantics (with Elena Doshlygina),” Journal of Accelerated Language Learning 21(3-4), pp. 23-58, 1996b

“The Russian Language,” Palaces of St. Petersburg, Russian Imperial Style (Teachers’ Guide), pp. 28-29, 1996c

“Russian,” Languages of the World for Business, Sam Slick (ed.), pp. 100-10, 1995

“Moldavian Linguistic Realities,” Non-Slavic Languages of the USSR: Papers from the Fourth Conference, Howard I. Aronson (ed.), pp. 234-53, 1994a

“Russian and Romanian Intertwined: The Legacy That Is Moldavian,” NSL 7: Linguistic Studies in the Non-Slavic Languages of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic Republics, Howard I. Aronson (ed.), pp. 65-77, 1994b

“Determinedness and the Pragmatics of Bulgarian Sentence Structure,” Slavic and East European Journal 37:3, pp. 273-92, 1993

“Moldavian, Part II: Korlètjanu’s Gambit,” The Non-Slavic Languages of the USSR: Linguistic Studies, Howard I. Aronson (ed.), pp. 93-105, 1989a

“On Sentential Word Order in Bulgarian: An Historical Perspective,” University of Chicago Working Papers in Linguistics 5, pp. 4-31, 1989b

“Intensifying RP and the Effect of Grammatical Categories on Replicated NM in Bulgarian,” The University of Chicago Working Papers in Linguistics 4, pp. 1-24, 1988

“The Interplay of Subjunctive and Infinitive Complements in Romanian,” Da, Ná, Să, Të, Te: Constructions with Subordinating Complementizers in the Balkans (= Folia Slavica 7:3), pp. 362-80, 1985

Awards and Honors:
Thomas F. Frist, Sr. Student Service Award, 2017
Friend of CARTA Award, 2015
Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecturer in South Slavic Linguistics, 2014
University of Mississippi Nolan B. Shepard International Service Award, 2011
Mississippi Foreign Language Association Award of Distinction, 2006
Mississippi Humanities Council Humanities Teacher of the Year, 2004-05
Liberal Arts Outstanding Professor of the Year, The University of Mississippi, 1992

Web Resources:
Balkanistica