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Rex Wallace

Professor & Associate Dean of Research & Academic Personnel for HFA

rwallace@classics.umass.edu

(413) 545-5779

520 Herter Hall

Rex Wallace joined the Classics department in 1985 after receiving his Ph.D. in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and after spending a year at the American Academy in Rome as the Oscar Broneer Fellow in Classical Studies. His research interests are the languages of pre-Roman Italy, their writing systems, linguistic structure, and historical development. His current research projects focus on Etruscan morpho-syntax, literacy in pre-Roman Italy, and the inscriptions of the Orientalizing period Etruscan settlement of Poggio Civitate. He is co-editor of Rasenna, an electronic journal devoted to Etruscan archaeology and language. 

Research Areas

  • Languages of pre-Roman Italy
  • Historical/Comparative Linguistics

 

Publications

Museum Exhibit Catalogue

  • Tuck, Anthony, and Rex Wallace. 2013. First Words: The Archaeology of Language at Poggio Civitate. Altona, Canada: Friesens Press.

Articles

  • 2015. “The reading and interpretation of the final word on ET Cl 1.136: Etruscan eprθniś.” Studi Etruschi 76.282–283, co-authored with Theresa Huntsman.
  • 2016. “Language, Alphabet and Linguistic Affiliation.” In Sinclair Bell and Alexandra Carpino (eds.), A Companion to the Etruscans, pp. 203–223. London/New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2016. “Literacy and Epigraphy of an Etruscan Town.” In Nancy de Grummond and Lisa Pieraccini (eds.), Caere – An Etruscan City, pp. pp. 41–48. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
  • 2017. “The Italic Languages.” In Mate Kapović (ed.), The Indo-European Languages, pp. 324–368. London/New York: Routledge.
  • To appear 2017. “The Social Context of Proto-Literacy in Central Italy: the Case of Poggio Civitate.” In Kathryn Lomas and John B. Wilkins (eds.), Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context, pp. 57–68. London: Accordia Research Centre, University of London, co-authored with Anthony Tuck.
  • To appear 2017. “Venetic.” In Jared Klein and Brian Joseph (eds.), Comparative Indo-European Linguistics. An International Handbook of Language Comparison and the Reconstruction of Indo-European, pp. 17–24. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • To appear 2017. “Literacy and Writing.” In Marco Maureo and Francesco de Angelis (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Pre-Roman Italy. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • To appear 2017. “An Inscribed Etruscan Urn from the Firmin Didot Collection.” Etruscan Studies, co-authored with Theresa Huntsman.
  • To appear 2017. “Inscriptions on Locally Produced Ceramic Recovered from Poggio Civitate (Murlo): Literacy and Community.” In Petra Amman (ed.), Etruskische Sozialgeschichte Revisited, 8–10 Juni 2016. 2. Internationale Tagung der Sektion “Wien-Österreich” des Istituto Nazionale di Studi Etruschi ed Italici. Wien, Austria, June 8–10, 2016, co-authored with Anthony Tuck.
  • To appear 2017. “Lemnian Language.” Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

    Courses Recently Taught

    • Classics 540: Introduction to Sanskrit Grammar
    • Classics 594a: Epic Sanskrit
    • Classics 591a: Etruscan Language and Epigraphy
    • Greek 126: Intensive Beginning Ancient Greek
    • Greek 246: Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek
    • Latin 616: Advanced Latin Grammar