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Stephen M. Dickey

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2133
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

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Teaching interests: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, Structure of Russian and Russian Functional Grammar, South Slavic Culture and Literature, Ottoman Bosnia.

Research interests: Slavic verbal aspect, cognitive linguistics.

Degree: Ph.D., Indiana

Position: Professor.

Selected recent publications

2018 article: “Prefixation in the Rise of Slavic Aspect,” Rosanna Benacchio, et al. eds. The Role of Prefixes in the Formation of Aspect and Related Categories. Problems of Grammaticalization. Florence: Firenze University Press, 85–102. 

2018 article: “Thoughts on the ‘Typology of Slavic Aspect’.” Russian Linguistics 42(1): 1–35.

2017 article: “Unauxiliated Predicates in Meša Selimović’s Death and the Dervish.” Anastasia Makarova, Stephen M. Dickey and Dagmar Divjak, eds. Each Venture a New Beginning. Studies in Honor of Laura A. Janda. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 229–40.

2016 article: “Lexical and Grammatical Aspect.” Nick Riemer, ed. Routledge Handbook of Semantics. London: Routledge, 338–353.

2015 article: “On the Aspectual Development of Performatives in Slavic.” Zeitschrift für slavische Philologie 71(2): 248–303.

2015 article: “Slavic Aspectual Prefixes and Numeral Classifiers: Two Kinds of Lexico-Grammatical Unitizers.” Lingua 168: 57–84. (Coauthored with Laura A. Janda.)

2014 article: “On the Origin of Slavic Prefixed Imperfective Motion Verbs.” Scando-Slavica 60(2): 159–171.

2013 article: "See, Now They Vanish: Third-Person Perfect Auxiliaries in Old and Middle Czech.” Journal of Slavic Linguistics. 21(1): 77–121.

2012 article: "Orphan Prefixes and the Grammaticalization of Aspect in South Slavic," Jezikoslovlje 13(1): 71-105.

2012 article: "On the Development of the Russian Imperfective General Factual," Scando-Slavica 58(1): 7-48.

2011 article: "The Varying Role of PO- in the Grammaticalization of Slavic Aspectual Systems: Sequences of Events, Delimitatives, and German Language Contact," in Journal of Slavic Linguistics 19(2): 175–230.

2010 chapter: "Common Slavic “Indeterminate” Verbs of Motion Were Really Manner-of-Motion Verbs". New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion. Studies in Language Companion Series, vol. 115. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Editorial work

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Slavic Linguistics, June 2018–date

Editorial Board Member, Contrastive Linguistics (Съпоставително езикознание), December 2015–date

Selected grants


Centre for Advanced Study (Oslo, Norway), Fulbright-Hays

Internal: NFGRF Summer Research

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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