Bridget Drinka, Ph.D.
Professor; PhD Graduate Advisor of Record

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Phone: (210) 458-4374
Fax: (210) 458-5366
Office: MB 2.306B


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



Dr. Bridget 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 2017 book, Language Contact in Europe: The Periphrastic Perfect through History (Cambridge University Press), explores the complex development of a grammatical category as it spread across the map of Europe. The book has been awarded the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award for 2018 by the Linguistic Society of America. A Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Moscow State University in 1998 and visiting professor in Germany, Italy, and Japan, she served from 2015-17 as President of the International Society for Historical Linguistics, and was responsible for organizing the Society's 2017 meeting, the International Conference on Historical Linguistics 23. She was also recipient of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999, and the Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Spring 2016. She currently serves as Associate Editor of Folia Linguistica Historica, and as Co-Director of the COLFA Semester in Urbino, Italy.

Selected Publications


Recent Courses


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


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


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