Professor Andreas Willi

Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology

Research profile: Andreas Willi has worked extensively on sociolinguistic and dialectal variation in Ancient Greek, on language contact and the language-literature-culture interface in the ancient world, with a special focus on Sicily, and also on Classical (Greek and Latin) literature. At the moment one of his main interests is the history and prehistory of the Greek (and Indo-European) verbal system, in particular the development of tense-aspect categories both from a formal (reconstructive) and a functional (philological) point of view. This focus is supplemented by — mainly morphological and etymological — studies on other ancient Indo-European languages, including Latin, Umbrian, Old Irish, Old Church Slavonic, and Hittite.



I. Monographs

The Languages of Aristophanes: Aspects of Linguistic Variation in Classical Attic Greek, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2003 (Paperback 2007).
Sikelismos: Sprache, Literatur und Gesellschaft im griechischen Sizilien (8.-5. Jh. v. Chr.). Basel (Schwabe), 2008.

II. Edited Volumes

The Language of Greek Comedy, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2002.
(with Ina J. Hartmann:) Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, Vol. 7, Oxford, 2002.
(with Anton Bierl and Arbogast Schmitt:) Antike Literatur in neuer Deutung, Stuttgart and Leizpig (K. G. Saur Verlag), 2004.
(with Marco Vencato and Sacha Zala:) Ordine e trasgressione: Un’ipotesi di interpretazione tra storia e cultura, Roma (Viella), 2008.

III. Articles

“do-ra-qe pe-re po-re-na-qe a-ke: an Indo-European figure in Mycenaean?”, Minos 29/30 (1994/95 [1997]), 177-185.
“Numa’s dangerous books: the exegetic history of a Roman forgery”, Museum Helveticum 55 (1998), 139-172.
“Einleitung”, in Autenrieth/Kaegi, Wörterbuch zu den Homerischen Gedichten (14th edn.: Reprint of the revised 13th edn. by A. Kaegi, 1920), Stuttgart and Leipzig (Teubner), 1999, v-xxiv.
“Zur Verwendung und Etymologie von griechisch eri ”, Historische Sprachforschung 112 (1999), 81-95.
“Lateinisch iubere, griechisch euthús und ein indogermanisches Rechtskonzept”, Historische Sprachforschung 114 (2001), 117-146.
“Aischylos als Kriegsprofiteur. Zum Sieg des Aischylos in den ‘Fröschen’ des Aristophanes”, Hermes 130 (2002), 13-27.
“Phonological reconstruction and the rôle of semantics in etymology: the case of Greek hêkô and híkô ‘to (have) come’”, in Ina J. Hartmann and Andreas Willi (eds.), Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, Vol. 7 (2002), 83-101.
“The language of Greek comedy: introduction and bibliographical sketch”, in Andreas Willi (ed.), The Language of Greek Comedy, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2002, 1-32.
“Languages on stage: Aristophanic language, cultural history, and Athenian identity”, in Andreas Willi (ed.), The Language of Greek Comedy, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2002, 111-149.
“Old Irish (h)uisse ‘just, right, fitting’”, Ériu 52 (2002), 235-240.
“Achäische wánaktes in Süditalien”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 140 (2002), 59-63.
“New language for a new comedy: a linguistic approach to Aristophanes’ Plutus”, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 49 (2003), 40-73.
“kaí – mykenisch oder nachmykenisch?”, Glotta 79 (2003), 224-248.
“Poétique au seuil de l’alexandrinisme: l’idylle 16 de Théocrite”, L’Antiquité classique 73 (2004), 31-46.
“Old Persian in Athens revisited (Ar. Ach. 100)”, Mnemosyne 57 (2004), 657-681.
“Griechisch sphi(n), sphe, sphô zwischen Etymologie und Philologie” Historische Sprachforschung 117 (2004), 204-228.
“Flowing riches: Greek áphenos and Indo-European streams”, in J. H. W. Penney (ed.), Indo-European Perspectives: Studies in Honour of Anna Morpurgo Davies, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2004, 323-337.
“Kádmos anéthêke: Zur Vermittlung der Alphabetschrift nach Griechenland”, Museum Helveticum 62 (2005), 162-171.
“Unholy diseases, or why Agamemnon and Tuthaliya should not have offended the gods (Inaugural Lecture, University of Oxford, 12 May 2005)”, in Daniel Kölligan and Ranjan Sen (eds.), Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, Vol. 11 (2006), 190-206.
“Of aspects, augments, aorists – or how to say to have killed a dragon”, in Coulter George, Matthew McCullagh, Benedicte Nielsen, Antonia Ruppel, Olga Tribulato (eds.), Greek and Latin from an Indo-European Perspective, Cambridge (Cambridge Philological Society), 2007, 34-48.
“Demeter, Gê, and the Indo-European word for ‘earth’”, Historische Sprachforschung 120 (2007), 169-194.
(with Marco Vencato and Sacha Zala:) “Un po’ d’ordine a mo’ d’introduzione”, in Marco Vencato, Andreas Willi and Sacha Zala (eds.), Ordine e trasgressione: Un’ipotesi di interpretazione tra storia e cultura, Roma (Viella), 2008, 7-16.
“Stesicoro e la letteratura coloniale come letteratura trasgressiva”, in Marco Vencato, Andreas Willi and Sacha Zala (eds.), Ordine e trasgressione: Un’ipotesi di interpretazione tra storia e cultura, Roma (Viella), 2008, 147-167.
“nósos and hosíê: etymological and sociocultural observations on the concepts of disease and divine (dis)favour in ancient Greece”, Journal of Hellenic Studies 128 (2008), 153-171.
“Cows, houses, hooks: the Graeco-Semitic letter names as a chapter in the history of the alphabet”, Classical Quarterly 58 (2008), 401-423.
“Frösche, Sünder, Initianden: Zu einem Aristophanischen Rätsel”, Museum Helveticum 65 (2008), 193-211.
“Griechisch”, in Holger Gzella (ed.), Sprachen aus der Welt des Alten Testaments, Darmstadt (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft), 2009, 175-204.
“Genitive problems: Mycenaean Ca o, Co-jo, Co vs. later Greek -ao, -oio, -ou”, Glotta 84 (2008 [2009]), 239-272.
“Opfer des Lateinischen: Zum Sprachtod in Altitalien”, Gymnasium 116 (2009), 573-598.
“Zu Ursprung und Entwicklung der griechischen Verbaladjektive auf -téos”, Rivista di Filologia e di Istruzione Classica 137 (2009), 7-22.
“Register variation”, in Egbert J. Bakker (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Ancient Greek Language, Oxford (Blackwell), 2010, 297-310.
“The language of Old Comedy”, in Gregory W. Dobrov (ed.), Brill’s Companion to the Study of Greek Comedy, Leiden (Brill), 2010, 471-510.
“Attic as the language of the Classics”, in Chrys C. Caragounis (ed.), Greek: A Language in Evolution, Hildesheim (Olms), 2010, 101-118.
“The Umbrian perfect in -nç-/ nś ”, Transactions of the Philological Society 108 (2010), 1-14.
“L’aoristo sigmatico tra filologia e tipologia”, in Ignazio Putzu, Giulio Paulis, Gian Franco Nieddu, Pierluigi Cuzzolin (eds.), La morfologia del greco tra tipologia e diacronia, Milano (Franco Angeli), 2010, 512-528.
“Campaigning for utilitas: style, grammar and philosophy in C. Iulius Caesar”, in Eleanor Dickey and Anna Chahoud (eds.), Colloquial and Literary Latin, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2010, 229-242.
“To be or not to be: the Latin perfect in v ”, Historische Sprachforschung 122 (2009 [2010]), 228-247.
“Hera, Eros, Iuno Sororia”, Indogermanische Forschungen 115 (2010), 234-267.
“Language, Homeric”, in Margalit Finkelberg (ed.), Homeric Encyclopedia, Oxford (Blackwell), 2011, 458-464.
“Morphosyntaktische Überlegungen zum Ursprung des griechischen Futurs”, in Thomas Krisch and Thomas Lindner (eds.), Indogermanistik und Linguistik im Dialog: Akten der XIII. Fachtagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft, Wiesbaden (Reichert), 2011, 605-615.
“Greek”, to appear in H. Gzella (ed.), Languages from the World of the Bible, Berlin and New York (de Gruyter), 2011.
“Hittite šākki ‘knows’ and frequency effects in paradigmatic analogy”, to appear in Archivio Glottologico Italiano 96 (2011).
“Revisiting the Etruscan verb”, to appear in G. Rocca (ed.), Le Lingue dell’Italia antica: Atti del Convegno in memoriam Helmut Rix, Milano, 2011.
“The language(s) of comedy”, to appear in M. Revermann (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2012.
“Lateinisch scire und Verwandtes”, to appear in Glotta 87 (2012).
“Challenging authority: Epicharmus between epic and rhetoric”, to appear in K. Bosher (ed.), Theatre Outside Athens: Drama in Greek Sicily and South Italy, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2012.
“‘We speak Peloponnesian’: Tradition and linguistic identity in postclassical Sicilian literature”, to appear in O. Tribulato (ed.), Sikelia: Multilingualism and Cultural Interaction in Ancient Sicily, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2012.

IV. Reviews and Varia

Various short articles on classical mythology in Der Neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike, Vols. V and VI, Stuttgart (Metzler), 1998/1999.
Review of André Sauge, Les degrés du verbe: Sens et formation du parfait en grec ancien, Bern (Peter Lang), 2000. Museum Helveticum 58 (2001).
“Tod eines Kirschgartens: Zur Aufhebung des Lateinobligatoriums in der Slavistik, der Nordistik und der europäischen Ethnologie”, UniIntern (University of Basel), June 2001.
Review of Fritz Gschnitzer, Kleine Schriften zum griechischen und römischen Altertum. Band I. Frühes Griechentum: Historische und sprachwissenschafliche Beiträge (eds. Catherine Trümpy and Tassilo Schmidt), Stuttgart (Steiner), 2001. Museum Helveticum 59 (2002).
Review of Georg Walser, The Greek of the Ancient Synagogue: An Investigation on the Greek of the Septuagint, Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament, Stockholm (Almqvist & Wiksell), 2001. Museum Helveticum 60 (2003).
Review of Maria Elena De Luna, La comunicazione linguistica fra alloglotti nel mondo greco, Pisa (Edizioni ETS), 2003. Museum Helveticum 61 (2004).
Review of Jonathan Hall, Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture, Chicago (University of Chicago Press), 2002. Museum Helveticum 61 (2004).
Review of J. H. Hordern, Sophron’s Mimes: Text, Translation, and Commentary, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2004. Classical Review 55 (2005), 409-411.
“Tutorials: the other side of the coin”, Oxford Magazine (University of Oxford), Juni 2007.
Review of D. Langslow (ed.), Jacob Wackernagel: Lectures on Syntax, with Special Reference to 62, Latin, and Germanic. Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2009. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.10.32.
“Whose is Macedonia, whose is Alexander?”, Classical Journal 105 (2009), 59-64 (pre-published in CJ Forum 2009.07.02).
Review of M. Egetmeyer, Le dialecte grec ancien de Chypre (2 vols.). Berlin/New York (de Gruyter), 2010. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.02.40.
Review of D. Riaño Rufilanchas, El complemento directo en griego antiguo: Un estudio sobre los argumentos verbales de objeto en la prosa del griego antiguo. Madrid (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), 2006. Museum Helveticum 66 (2009).
Review of J. N. Adams, Bilingualism and the Latin Language. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2008. Museum Helveticum 66 (2009).


Andreas Willi (*1972, Altstätten/Switzerland) studied Classics, Slavonic Languages and Literatures and Historical-Comparative Linguistics at the Universities of Basel, Lausanne, and Fribourg in Switzerland as well as at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After writing his doctoral thesis on sociolinguistic variation in Ancient Greek at the University of Oxford, he worked as Oberassistent in Classics (Latin and Greek Philology) at the University of Basel, before becoming a member of the Swiss Institute at Rome and then moving back to Oxford in 2005.

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