Rob Painter

Lecturer in Linguistics
(617) 373-6857
546 Nightingale Hall
MLitt in Latin, St Andrews University, Scotland
PhD in Linguistics, SUNY University at Buffalo

Areas of Research/Interest:

Historical linguistics; phonetics and phonology (especially experimental historical phonology and diachronic / phonetic explanations for regular sound patterns); Germanic languages and linguistics; field methods; and literary translation.

Selected Publications:

  • Painter, R. (2015, accepted). “Faroe-Islander Saga, Chapter 7″ [translation, Old Icelandic-English]. Metamorphoses: Journal of Literary Translation [peer-reviewed], Spring 2015.
  • Painter, Robert and Jeruen Dery. (2014). An acoustic investigation of R-Umlaut in Old Norse.  Journal of Germanic Linguistics, June, 156-181.
  • Painter, R. (2014). “Rats Sleep at Night.” Exchanges, A Journal of Literary Translation, Spring 2014.
  • Painter, R. (2013). Hypercorrection as explanation: A case study in perceptual reanalysis in three Germanic sound changes. Paper presented at the 19th Germanic Linguistics Association Conference, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, April 26.
  • Painter, R. & Dery, J. (2013). An Acoustic Investigation of R-Umlaut in Old Norse. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, January 4.
  • Painter, R. (2012). Acoustic and Perceptual Explanations for Rhotacism in Italic and Germanic.  Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Amherst, New York.
  • Painter, R.  (2011).  A Brief Phonetic Investigation of Germanic Rhotacism.  Paper presented at the 17th Germanic Linguistics Association Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX, April 15-17.
  • Poornima, S. & R. Painter. (2010). “Diverging Pathways: The current status of grammaticalization of Hindi light verbs”. Annual Review of South Languages and Linguistics. Vol.211:75-104. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
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