Bridget Drinka, Ph.D.
Professor

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Email: bridget.drinka@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4374
Fax: (210) 458-5366
Office: MB 2.306B

Specialization

History of English, principles of linguistics, historical and sociolinguistics, linguistic methods of analyzing literature.

 

Biography

Dr. Drinka received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her M.S. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Indo-European and historical linguistics. As a member of the UTSA faculty since 1991, her research has focused on such issues as the sociolinguistic motivations for language change, the role of contact in linguistic innovation, and the importance of geographical contiguity in the diffusion of changes across the Indo-European languages. Her forthcoming book, Language Contact in Europe: The perfect tense through history (Cambridge University Press), explores the complex development of a grammatical category as it spread across the map of Europe. Dr. Drinka is also working on a corpus analysis of Late Middle and Early Modern English, exploring, among other factors, the role that family networks played in transmitting and fostering change. A Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Moscow State University in 1998 and visiting professor in Germany, Italy, and Japan, she has recently been elected as President of the International Society for Historical Linguistics, and is organizing the Society's next meeting, the International Conference on Historical Linguistics, which will take place in Summer 2017. She was also recipient of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999.

Selected Publications

       

Recent Courses

Undergraduate

  • History of English
  • Historical and Sociolinguistics  (English Senior Seminar)
  • Structure of English
  • Language and Gender (English Senior Seminar)

Graduate

  • History of English
  • Historical and Sociolinguistics
  • Languages of the Borderlands
  • Indo-European Language and Culture

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