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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
Cambridge
CB2 1TA

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

Archaeology Seminar

Feb 21, 2017

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Mycenaean Seminar

Feb 22, 2017

Literature Seminar

Feb 22, 2017

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Feb 23, 2017

1.11

The B Club

Feb 27, 2017

1.11

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Greek Play 2016 Videos now on line

Feb 07, 2017

Highlights and a full length video of the Cambridge Greek Play 2016, a double bill of Antigone and Lysistrata, are now available to view on line.

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets

Jan 05, 2017

21-22 March 2017. This conference, the second in the Understanding Relations Between Scripts series, focuses on the development of alphabetic writing systems in the later second and earlier first millennia BC.

'The Impact of the Ancient City': PhD Studentship

Dec 02, 2016

Applications are invited for a 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the context of the ERC Advanced Grant project, 'The Impact of the Ancient City', supervised by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

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 pylos.lecture@classics.cam.ac.uk by Monday 3 October.

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