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Rex Wallace

Associate Dean of Research & Academic Personnel

(413) 545-3408

E405 South College

Rex Wallace is a Professor of Classics. He joined the department in 1985 after receiving his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Ohio State University and spending a year at the American Academy in Rome as the Oscar Broneer Fellow in Classical Studies.

Professor Wallace was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Academic Personnel in September 2011. His responsibilities include oversight of the college’s internal funding programs, enhancing faculty support for external funding opportunities and proposal planning and writing, and assisting the Dean with the college’s personnel business.

Professor Wallace’s overarching research interest is the languages of pre-Roman Italy, most of which are known only from inscriptions on ceramic, metal and stone. He recently published Zikh Rasna, a book-length examination of the grammatical system of Etruscan, the major non-Indo-European language of ancient Italy. His current research projects focus on Etruscan morphology and morphosyntax, the inscriptions of the early Etruscan settlement of Poggio Civitate, and the diffusion of the alphabet in pre-Roman Italy. He serves on the editorial board of several journals and is a co-editor of Rasenna, an electronic journal of Etruscan archaeological and linguistic studies.

Research Areas

  • Ancient Italic Languages and Linguistics
  • Historical/Comparative Linguistics


Articles and Chapters

  • 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.

Book Review

  • 2016. Review of Gerhard Meiser (ed.), Etruskische Texte. Editio minor. Teil 1: Einleitung, Konkordanz, Indices. Teil 2: Texte. Hamburg: Baar-Verlag, 2014. Etruscan Studies 19.161–167.