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derbyshireWilliam W. Derbyshire
Professor Emeritus
Retired, June 1994
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Russian and Slavic linguistics)


Research Interests:

Homonymy in Slavic Languages, Russian Intonation, Slovene language and linguistics.

Honors/Awards (selected):

  • IREX exchange of professors and teachers between USA and USSR, Moscow State University, summer, 1963
  • Fulbright Research Fellow in Slavic Linguistics at Institut za lingvistiku, Zagreb University, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, l972‑73
  • Rutgers University Research Council Fellow: 1972‑73 and 1989-90
  • New Jersey Department of Higher Education ‑ Humanities Grant Program, 1984‑85
  • Department of Education, Washington, DC, Research grants in 1989‑90 and again in 1995-96


A Basic Reference Grammar of Slovene. Slavica Publishers, Columbus, OH, 1993

A Learner's Dictionary of Slovene. Slavica Publishers, Bloomington, Indiana, 2002.

A Slovene reader. Rutgers University, 1994.

Articles / book chapters: approximately four dozen

Administrative Experience at Rutgers University

Chair or Director, Department of Russian / Slavic Languages and Literatures: 1971-1972, 1973‑79, 1985‑1993.

Misc. (selected)

Secretary‑Treasurer, Society for Slovene Studies, l983‑86 and again 2002-2008

President, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, 1985 - 1987

Board of Directors, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 1986‑89


Member, Board of Directors and Recording Secretary for the Santa Fe Opera Guild

Prof. Derbyshire currently does research and lectures on Russian and European opera.

Married, September 2013

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