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Joe Eska

Joe Eska, Professor

Joe Eska, Professor
Joe Eska, Professor

Department of English
429 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner Street NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Joe Eska is a professor and interim department chair in the Department of English. 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.

  • Historical linguistics
  • Syntax
  • Phonology
  • Celtic linguistics
  • Indo-European linguistics
  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, Rutgers University
  • Co-Editor, Indo-European Linguistics
  • Editor, North American Journal of Celtic Studies
  • Former Chair, Department of English
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Indogermanische Gesellschaft
  • Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research Award, 2014


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

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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

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