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Stephen M. Dickey

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Chair, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2128
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Degree: Ph.D., Indiana


Teaching interests: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, Structure of Russian and Russian Functional Grammar, Structure of the South Slavic Languages and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Functional Grammar, South Slavic Culture and Literature, Ottoman Bosnia.


Research interests: Comparative Slavic verbal aspect, cognitive linguistics, Slavic semantics and syntax.

Selected Publications

2013 article: "See, Now They Vanish: Third-Person Perfect Auxiliaries in Old and Middle Czech.” Journal of Slavic Linguistics. 21(1): 77–121.

2012 article: "Orphan Prefixes and the Grammaticalization of Aspect in South Slavic," Jezikoslovlje 13(1): 71-105.

2012 article: "On the Development of the Russian Imperfective General Factual," Scando-Slavica 58(1): 7-48.

2011 article: "The Varying Role of PO- in the Grammaticalization of Slavic Aspectual Systems: Sequences of Events, Delimitatives, and German Language Contact," in Journal of Slavic Linguistics 19(2): 175–230.

2011 article: "Subjectification and the Russian Perfective", in Marcin Gzrygiel and Laura Janda, eds. Slavic Linguistics in a Cognitive Framework, Peter Lang: 37–66.

2010 chapter: "Common Slavic “Indeterminate” Verbs of Motion Were Really Manner-of-Motion Verbs". New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion. Studies in Language Companion Series, vol. 115. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2009 article: "Хохотнул, схитрил: The Relationship between Semelfactives Formed with -NU- and S- in Russian," coauthored with Laura A. Janda, in Russian Linguistics 33(3): 229–248.

2009 article: "Verbal Aspect and Negation in Russian and Czech" coauthored with Susan H. Kresin, in Russian Linguistics 33(2): 121–176.

2008 article: "Prefixes in the Grammaticalization of Slavic Aspect: Telic S-/Z-, Delimitative PO- and Language Change via Expansion and Reduction," in Aspekte, Kategorien und Kontakte slavischer Sprachen: Festschrift für Volkmar Lehmann zum 65. Geburtstag, Bernhard Brehmer, Katrina Bente Fischer and Gertje Krumbholz, eds., Verlag Dr. Kovač: 96–108.

2007 article: A Prototype Account of the Development of Delimitative PO- in Russian. Cognitive Paths into the Slavic Domain. Edited by Dagmar Divjak and Agata Kochanska. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 326—371.

2007 translations: Damir Šodan, Bagatelle, Chess, The Tao of Gravity, Marseilless, After Brueghel, Alluvium, Satori in Gradiška, Antarctic, Tristes Tropiques, Eavesdropping. American Poetry Review 36(3): 10-13

Editorial work

Associate Editor, Journal of Slavic Linguistics, Oct 2010–date

Contributing Editor for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, SlavFile, Jan 2007–date

2001: Journal of Slavic Linguistics 9(1) [aspect issue].

Editorial Assistant, Journal of Slavic Linguistics, Sep–Dec 1996

Selected Grants

External: Centre for Advanced Study (Oslo, Norway), Fulbright-Hays

Internal: NFGRF Summer Research


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