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Marc L. Greenberg

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Slavic Languages & Literatures; School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Director, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Corresponding Member, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Courtesy Professor of Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Courtesy Professor of Linguistics
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2118
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
Second office:

Prof. Greenberg received his MA at the University of Chicago (1984) and PhD at UCLA (1990), both in Slavic linguistics. With the guidance of mentors Henrik Birnbaum, Pavle Ivić, Alan Timberlake, and Ronelle Alexander, he studied Slavic historical and comparative linguistics and dialectology. In 1988 to 1990 with a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship and a grant from the US Dept. of Education he conducted fieldwork in Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia) and Hungary, focusing on phonological and word-prosodic variation in Prekmurje, Porabje, and Međimurje village dialects. During this time, which coincided with the fall of socialism in Eastern Europe, he became engaged in issues of language planning in the reorganization of Yugoslavia and other-post socialist states. His research and teaching work continues to focus on diachrony and diatopy, as well as sociolinguistics. His research synthesizes techniques and learning from multiple disciplines to find novel ways of understanding and reconstructing language history, employing the comparative method, supplemented by sociolinguistics, geolinguistics, cognitive linguistics. His work mostly focused on Slavic languages and languages in contact with them (Romance, Germanic, Finno-Ugric).​


Teaching interests: Structure and history of Russian and other Slavic languages, Old Church Slavic, language and identity/nationalism, sociolinguistics; Russian, Czech, Slovene, BCMS language.

Teaching Interests

  • Historical linguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Indo-European linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics


Research interests: Reconstruction of Common Slavic, Indo-European; dialectology; sociolinguistics; phonetics, esp. pitch-accent systems; language and identity/nationalism; Western South Slavic languages (Slovene, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian).

Research Interests

  • Historical linguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Indo-European linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics

Selected Publications

2014 article: George L. Trager’s Field Notes on the Prekmurje Dialect Spoken in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

2014 article: (Corresponding author with 31 co-authors): Bottlenecks in the Open-Access System: Voices from Around the Globe

2013 article: (with A. Townsend Peterson and Ada Emmett) Open Access and the Author-Pays Problem: Assuring Access for Readers and Authors in a Global Community of Scholars. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1(3): 1–8.

2013 article: (with Zbyněk Holub) A Circum-Pannonian Word-Prosodic Parallel: Paroxytonic Accent in the South-West Bohemian Dialect. Jezikoslovni zapiski 19/2. Ljubljana: Fran Ramovš Institute for Slovene Language, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Arts & Sciences.

2012 article: (with Marko Snoj) O jeziku slovanskih prebivalcev med Donavo in Jadranom v srednjem veku (pogled jezikoslovcev) / On the Language of the Medieval Slavic Population in the Area between the Danube and the Adriatic (from a Linguistic Perspective). Zgodovinski časopis / Historical Review , vol. 115, 66/3–4 (146): 276–305.

2011 video presentation: (with A. Townsend Peterson and Ada Emmett) What is an Open Access Policy? Why should Purdue faculty care?.

2011 essay: (with Ada Emmett) The Scholarly Communication Problem. Why Open Access is Necessary: A Transatlantic Perspective. Hall Center Communiqué, Spring 2011: 20–25. Translations: Croatian (Slobodni filozofski), Romanian (Vatra), Serbian (Danas and Pančevačko čitalište), Slovene (Delo), Ukrainian (Бібліотечний форум України)

2010 chapter: PIE Inheritance and Word-Formational Innovation in Slavic Motion Verbs in ‑i‑. New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion. Studies in Language Companion Series, vol. 115, V. Hasko and R. Perelmutter (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2010 chapter: The Illyrian Movement: A Croatian Vision of South Slavic Unity. Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity: The Success-Failure Continuum in Language Identity Efforts, vol. 2, Joshua A. Fishman and Ofelia Garcia (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009 article: Prekmurje Grammar as a Source of Slavic Comparative Material. Slovenski jezik / Slovene Linguistic Studies 7: 29–44.

2008 book: A Short Reference Grammar of Slovene. LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 30. (Munich: LINCOM).

2007 article: Phonetic Evidence for the Development of the "Acute" Tone in Slavic. Tones and Theories: Proceedings from the International Workshop on Balto-Slavic Accentuation: 95–108. (Zagreb: Filozofski fakultet).

2007 article: [with Joseph Schallert] The Prehistory and Areal Distribution of Slavic *gъlčěti 'Speak'. Slovenski jezik / Slovene Linguistic Studies 6: 9–76.

Selected Grants

External: IREX, Franklin Research Grant (American Philosophical Society), Fulbright, NEH

Internal: Hall Center for the Humanities


1st annual Graduation Ceremony

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