Pietro Bortone (BA, MSt, MPhil, DPhil)


Wolfson College
Oxford OX2 6UD
                     University of Oxford  





  Current visiting position outside Oxford
  • Guest Professor, Institute for Advanced Study at Bucharest (NEC), Spring 2014

       Some past awards
  • Institute for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala University: Fellowship
  • Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg), Berlin: Fellowship
  • Rhodes University: Hugh LeMay Research Fellowship in Classics
  • UIC Institute for the Humanities: Research Fellowship  
  • Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks: Summer Research Fellowship  
  • Princeton University: Research Fellowship at the Program in Hellenic Studies
  • Princeton University: College Fellowship at Wilson College Princeton
  • University of Athens: Onassis Foundation Scholarship 
  • University of Oxford: Wingate Foundation Scholarship 

Pre-doctoral positions
  • University of Oxford: Instructor in Ancient Greek for the Faculty of Classics 
  • University of Oxford: Tutor in Greek Linguistics
  • Oxford University Press: Etymologist for the Oxford English Dictionary 
  • Bloomsbury Publishing, London: Etymologist for the Encarta World Dictionary 

  • University of Oxford: DPhil in Historical Linguistics
  • University College London: Scandinavian Studies
  • University of Oxford: MPhil in Comparative Philology 
  • University of Oxford: MSt in Linguistic Theory
  • King’s College London: BA in Classical, Medieval, & Modern Greek

       Some of the institutions where lectures have been given

  • Harvard University 
  • Princeton University
  • City University of New York
  • Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  • University of Chicago
  • University of London (SOAS)
  • Rhodes University
  • Bibliotheca Classica Petropolitana
  • Saint Petersburg State University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Athens
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Centre for Advanced Studies at Sofia
  • University of Pretoria
  • Institute for Advanced Study (NEC) at Bucharest 
  • Uppsala University
  • University of Thessaloniki
  • UIC Institute for the Humanities

      Fields of interests
  • Modern Greek Studies, Turkish Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Classics, Byzantine Studies
  • Historical Linguistics, Descriptive Linguistics, Comparative Philology, Sociolinguistics
  • Languages, esp. Greek, Latin, Turkish, Hebrew, Romanian, Swedish, Italian

       Current research areas
  • Languages and the concept of identity
  • Ethnicity and languages in Greece and Turkey 

       Book published
  • Bortone, P. 2010. Greek prepositions from antiquity to the present. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    [see scholarly reviews]

       Recent publications
  • Bortone, P.  2013. 'Greek grammar'. ODLA. Oxford: Oxford University Press [in press]
  • Bortone, P.  2013. 'The Latin language'. ODLA. Oxford: Oxford University Press [in press]
  • Bortone, P.  2013. 'Bilingualism'. ODLA. Oxford: Oxford University Press [in press]
  • Bortone, P.  2013. 'The Greek language'. ODLA. Oxford: Oxford University Press [in press]
  • Bortone, P. 2013.  ‘[Ancient Greek] Adpositions’. EAGLL. Boston: Brill [in press]
  • Bortone, P. 2009. 'Greek with no history, no standard, no models’. A. Georgakopoulou,  M. Silk  (eds.),
      Standard Languages and Language Standards:
    Greek, Past and Present. London: Ashgate [free pdf]

      Some of the articles published as a student
  • Bortone, P. 2002. ‘Division of labour according to age:  the Medieval Greek prepositional system’. Clairis, Ch. (ed.) Recherches en linguistique grecque. L’Harmattan, Paris, 111-4
  • Bortone, P. 2002. The Status of the Ancient Greek cases’. Studies in Greek Linguistics 22:1, 69-80.

Formal training for university teaching
  • University of Oxford, Faculty of Classics 
  • Princeton University, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • University of Oxford, Academic Staff Development & Training
  • University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education

       Courses taught at various universities

  • Classical Greek Syntax
  • Modern Greek Linguistics
  • Katharevousa and its literature
  • Lower Intermediate Modern Greek
  • Modern Greek Literature
  • Modern Greek Culture
  • Advanced Modern Greek
  • Modern Greek Authors
  • Beginners' Modern Greek 
  • Upper Intermediate Modern Greek