Joe Eska

Joe Eska

Joe Eska



429 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-7909


Department Membership



  • Historical linguistics
  • Syntax
  • Phonology
  • Celtic linguistics
  • Indo-European linguistics

Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor, Indo-European Linguistics
  • Editor, North American Journal of Celtic Studies
  • Former Chair, Department of English
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Indogermanische Gesellschaft


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.A., University of Toronto
  • B.A., Rutgers University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research Award, 2014

    Selected Publications


    Don Ringe & Joseph F. Eska, Historical Linguistics. Towards a Twenty-First Century Reintegration, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    Edited Books

    Joseph F. Eska, R. Geraint Gruffydd, & Nicolas Jacobs, Hispano-Gallo-Brittonica. Essays in Honour of Professor D. Ellis Evans on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1995.


    • Against Absolute and Conjunct at Rezé (Loire-Atlantique). Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 34, 2014, 52–66.
    • In Defense of Celtic /ɸ/. In Multi Nominis Grammaticus. Studies in Classical and Indo-European Linguistics in honor of Alan J. Nussbaum on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday, ed. Adam I. Cooper, Jeremy Rau, & Michael Weiss, 32–43. Ann Arbor: Beech Stave Press, 2012.
    • Absolute and Conjunct, Cowgill and Apocope. In The Indo-European Verb. Proceedings of the Conference of the Society for Indo-European Studies, Los Angeles, 13–15 September 2010, ed. H. Craig Melchert, 51–59. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert, 2011.
    • Remarks on Intrusive Vowels in the Ogam Corpus of Early Irish. Keltische Forschungen 5, 2010–2012, 139–156.

    Additional Information

    Joe Eska is currently working on books and articles that investigate how the structure of information in the clause interacts with syntactic structure, particularly with reference to the Celtic languages.  See more about him on his personal website.