Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Donald L. Dyer

Professor of Russian and Linguistics and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts

Donald L. Dyer

Donald L. Dyer

Office: 204 Ventress Hall | 662-915-7178 | mldyer at olemiss.edu

Dr. Donald L. Dyer is Professor of Russian and Linguistics and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Mississippi, where he has been teaching for the past 28 years. He was Chair of the Department of Modern Languages from 2005 to 2016. He obtained his B.A. in Russian (with Honors) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and his M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1990) in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago. Dr. Dyer teaches courses in Russian, Linguistics and Honors. His research interests include Slavic and Balkan linguistics, Bulgarian and the Romanian of Moldova, as well as languages in contact. He is currently editor of the journal Balkanistica and co-editor of Romance Monographs. Dr. Dyer also serves as co-director of the University’s Chinese Language Flagship Program. His service activities on campus include membership on the University’s Strategic Planning Council and in its chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He is also vice president of the Bulgarian Studies Association.

PUBLICATIONS:

MONOGRAPHS (written):

      • 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 (edited or co-edited):

      • 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 Johson), forthcoming in 2018
      • Proceedings from the Eighth Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies (= Balkanistica 30:2) (co-editor with Victor A. Friedman), forthcoming in 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:

      • 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
      • “‘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 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), Balkanistica26, 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 LinguisticsXXXI(1), pp. 20-37, 2007
      • Balkanisticaand 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, 2007
      • “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 Review8(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 Papers26:1 (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 Journal37:3, 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

REVIEWS, FOREWORDS, ETC.:

  • Review of Words on the Move: Why English Won’t—And Can’t Sit Still (Like, Literally), John H. McWhorter, Southern Journal of Linguistics, forthcoming in 2018
  • Review of The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, Steven Pinker, Southern Journal of Linguistics XXXIX(2), pp. 86-96, 2015
  • Review of The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language, John McWhorter, American Speech 90(4), 389-93, 2015
  • Review of What Language Is (and What It Isn’t and What It Could Be), John McWhorter, Southern Journal of Linguistics 39(1), pp. 41-45, 2015
  • Review of What Is Morphology, Mark Aronoff and Kirsten Fudeman, Southern Journal of Linguistics 35(1), pp. 111-114, 2011
  • Review of The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Steven Pinker, American Speech 84(1), pp. 108-11, 2009
  • Review (with Valentina B. Iepuri) of The Language of the Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and Identity in an ex-Soviet Replublic, Matthew H. Ciscel, Balkanistica 22, pp. 238-41, 2009
  • Review of Language and Identity in the Balkans: Serbo-Croatian and Its Disintegration, Robert D. Greenberg, Anthropological Linguistics 49(3-4), pp. 438-39, 2007
  • Review of Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students, Monica Macaulay, Southern Journal of Linguistics 31(2), pp. 57-61, 2007
  • Foreword to Marius Sala’s From Latin to Romanian: The Historical Development of Romanian in a Comparative Romance Context, Romance Monographs, pp. vii-viii, 2005
  • Review of Degrees of Explicitness, John Leafgren, Language 80(2), pp. 350-51, March 2004
  • Review (with Valentina B. Iepuri) of Descriptive Romanian Grammar, Laura Daniliuc and Radu Daniliuc, Balkanistica 16, pp. 234-37, 2003
  • Review of Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Moldova, Andrei Brezianu, Canadian Slavonic Papers XLIII(2-3), pp. 331-33, 2001
  • Foreword to Emil Vrabie’s English-Aromanian Dictionary, Romance Monographs, pp. 5-6, 2000
  • English Editor of Two-Way English-Russian Course for Beginners (Универсальный русско-английский курс для начинающих), Tallinn, 1992
  • “Russian-by-Satellite Programs: A Comment and Review of Programs,” Mississippi Foreign Language Association Crusader, Fall 1991

AWARDS:

      • 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

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