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Mark J. Elson

Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Office Address

PO Box 400783
261 New Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4783

Office Hours: T/TH 3:30-4:30pm



  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor
  • Master of Arts (MA), Harvard University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Harvard University

Research Interests

Theoretical Phonology and Morphology, Historical Linguistics, Slavic and Balkan Linguistics

Selected Publications

  • “Jotation in the History of Italian Present Tense Conjugation,” in Romance Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 1, Winter 2009, 46-54.
  • "Analogical Tendencies in the Evolution of the Macedonian Present Tense," in Slavic and East European Journal, Vol. 49, No. 3, Fall 2005, 378-406.
  • "On the Formal Relationship Between the Synthetic Past Tenses in Macedonian and Its Role in the Evolution of the Conjugational Unit," in Zeitschrift fur Balkanologie, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2005, 13-27.
  • "The Case for Agglutinative Structure in East South Slavic Verbal Inflection," in Of All the Slavs My Favorites: Studies in South Slavic and Balkan linguistics in Honor of Howard I. Aronson on the Occasion of His 66th Birthday (ed. Victor A. Friedman and Donald L. Dyer, Bloomington: Slavica), 2002, 139-154.
  • "On the Relationship Between Form and Grammatical Meaning in the Linguistic Sign," in Cognitive and Communicative Approaches to Linguistic Analysis (Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, 51. Eds. Ellen Contini-Morava, Robert S. Kirsner and Betsy Rodriguez-Bachiller), 2004, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 131-154.