Garry Davis

Professor and Chair
Historical Linguistics
 (414) 229-5349
 Johnston Hall 133


PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan
BA, Central University of Iowa

Research Interests

Historical Linguistics, Germanic Linguistics, Thai and Lao Linguistics, areal linguistic change in SE Asia and Europe

Teaching Areas

Historical Linguistics, Language Typology, Areal Linguistics, Field Methods

Courses Offered

Linguis 211 – Origins of Words
Linguis 470 – Historical/Comparative Linguistics
Linguis 474 – Language Typology and Language Universals
Linguis 490 – Field Methods

Other Activities

Joint appointment with the German Program in the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature

Selected Publications

Davis, Garry. “The Story of Lao r: Filling in the Gaps.” Journal of Lao Studies Special Issue.2 (2015): 97-109.
Davis, Garry. “The Dialect of Wermelskirchen: Three Vowel Systems in just 40 Years?.” Zeitschrift fuer Dialektologie und Linguistik [Journal of Dialectology and Linguistics] 78.3 (2011): 321-333.
Davis, Garry. “The Differential Development of Proto-Southwestern Tai *r in Lao and Thai.” Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 3.2 (2010): 49-60.