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Stephen M. Dickey

Slavic Languages & Literatures
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2133
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

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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: Professor.

Selected recent publications

2018 article: “Prefixation in the Rise of Slavic Aspect,” Rosanna Benacchio, et al. eds. The Role of Prefixes in the Formation of Aspect and Related Categories. Problems of Grammaticalization. Florence: Firenze University Press, 85–102. 

2018 article: “Thoughts on the ‘Typology of Slavic Aspect’.” Russian Linguistics 42(1): 1–35.

2017 article: “Unauxiliated Predicates in Meša Selimović’s Death and the Dervish.” Anastasia Makarova, Stephen M. Dickey and Dagmar Divjak, eds. Each Venture a New Beginning. Studies in Honor of Laura A. Janda. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 229–40.

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.

Editorial work

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Slavic Linguistics, June 2018–date

Editorial Board Member, Contrastive Linguistics (Съпоставително езикознание), December 2015–date

Selected grants


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

Internal: NFGRF Summer Research

2020 Honors Reception & Graduation


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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