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Professor Stanley Dubinsky

Education: PhD in Linguistics

Affiliation: University of South Carolina, USA


Linguistics Program

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208


Phone: +1-803-777-2208






Stanley Dubinsky (PhD, Cornell University, 1985) is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Literature. He received a BA in Spanish & Latin American Literature and in Asian Studies from The Hebrew University (Jerusalem). His graduate degrees, an MA in East Asian (Chinese) Literature and a PhD in Linguistics, are both from Cornell University. He joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina (USC) in 1991. His primary area of research is syntactic theory and the syntax-semantics interface. He has produced three books, four edited volumes, and several dozen articles and book chapters on a variety of topics – largely on the syntax and semantics of various languages, including English, Japanese, Korean, Bulgarian, Greek, Hebrew, and two Bantu languages (Chichewa and Lingala). His 2004 Blackwell book, co-authored with William D. Davies, is titled The grammar of Raising and Control: A course in syntactic argumentation, and was followed in 2007 by an edited collection with Springer, New horizons in the analysis of Control and Raising. His most recent books are Understanding language through humor (2011, Cambridge University Press), and Language conflict and language rights: Ethnolinguistic perspectives on human conflict (2018, Cambridge University Press). He served as Book Review Editor for Language (2002-2005), Executive Editor for Language (2011-2015), and is a regular reviewer for national conferences, publishers, and professional journals. He is the 2006 recipient of his university’s Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences. A complete CV is available HERE.

Selected Publications

Dubinsky, S., & Tasseva-Kurktchieva, M. (2018). On the NP/DP frontier: Bulgarian as a transitional case. In S. L. Franks, V. Chidambaram, B. D. Joseph & I. Krapova (Eds.), Katerino mome: Studies in Bulgarian morphosyntax in honor of Catherine Rudin (pp. 287-311). Slavica Publishers.
Dubinsky, S., & Sim, R. (2021). Concealed passives and the syntax and semantics of need/philyo in English and Korean. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, 6(1),1-8. [Washington DC: LSA]