drawing by Philipp
I graduated in 1950 from Robertson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico, got a BA in Philosophy (1956) and an MA in English Literature (1958) from New Mexico Highlands University after a stint at the University of New Mexico in Philosophy, before coming to the University of Washington for a PhD (1968) in Slavic Languages and Literature. In addition to several brief sojourns in Russia, I taught at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, as well as at Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia, Bulgaria.
I teach Russian, Bulgarian, and Romanian, as well as courses in Slavic Linguistics including: The Structure of Russian (Russian 451,452), The History of the Slavic Languages (Slavic 351), Old Church Slavic (Slavic 555, 556).
If you would like to delve into the derivational morphology of 92,000 Russian words, try my Russian Morphological Database (RMDB) where you may search a Russian Dictionary by word, prefix, root, derivational morpheme, and/or meaning, as well as look for sets of deviations from conjugational and declensional patterns and variation in accentual types. If you have comments, corrections, or suggestions, please send them to me at bigjim at u.washington.edu.
I am Secretary-Treasurer of the South East European Studies Association., and I am also serving as Treasurer of the Society for Romanian Studies. I actively support SLS, ACTR, ATSEEL, and the AAASS.
Locally I am the Faculty Representative for, and a long-time member of, the Association of Friends and Alumni of the Slavic Department and encourage all such to join with us at Slavic Department Homecoming in October and the Slavic Fest in May (where one of the events is our traditional Cyrill and Methodius Day party) each year in promotion of the Department and its relations with the larger community.My website is obviously still under construction, try me again later for a more complete summary of my activities, as well as a picture or two, thanks for stopping by.
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