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Stephen M. Dickey

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

Office Hours:

M, T, W, R, 10:00-12:00

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

Research interests: Slavic verbal aspect, cognitive linguistics.

Degree: Ph.D., Indiana

Position: Associate Professor.

Selected recent publications

2016 article: “Lexical and Grammatical Aspect.” Nick Riemer, ed. Routledge Handbook of Semantics. London: Routledge, 338–353.

2015 article: “On the Aspectual Development of Performatives in Slavic.” Zeitschrift für slavische Philologie 71(2): 248–303.

2015 article: “Slavic Aspectual Prefixes and Numeral Classifiers: Two Kinds of Lexico-Grammatical Unitizers.” Lingua 168: 57–84. (Coauthored with Laura A. Janda.)

2014 article: “On the Origin of Slavic Prefixed Imperfective Motion Verbs.” Scando-Slavica 60(2): 159–171.

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.

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.

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


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

Internal: NFGRF Summer Research


KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad