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Dr Katherine McDonald

Dr Katherine McDonald

Research Fellow in Classics at Gonville and Caius College

Gonville and Caius College
Trinity Street

Research Interests

My research interests include Oscan and Italic languages, Greek in Italy, language contact in the ancient world (especially in pre-Roman Italy), onomastics and ancient epigraphy. More generally, I am interested in the ways in which modern sociolinguistics can be applied to ancient languages, especially in relation to bilingualism and gender linguistics. My PhD thesis (2013) is entitled “Language Contact in South Oscan Epigraphy”.

Key Publications

(2015) Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily: Evaluating Language Contact in a Fragmentary Corpus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

(2015) “New Readings from the Bilingual Petelia Curse Tablet”. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (with Livia Tagliapietra and Nicholas Zair)

(2012) “Oscan ϝουρουστ and the Roccagloriosa law tablet.” Incontri Linguistici 35, 31-45 (with Nicholas Zair)

(2012) “The Testament of Vibius Adiranus.” Journal of Roman Studies102: 40-55

(2012) “Do Personal Names in South Oscan Show Influence from Greek?” In Torsten Meissner (ed.) Personal Names in the Western Roman World, Berlin: Curach Bhán

Upcoming events

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 24, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Happy Families?

Oct 25, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 25, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Literature Seminar

Oct 26, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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