David Goldstein

David Goldstein

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Indo-European Studies, and Classics

University of California, Los Angeles


I hold a joint position in the Department of Linguistics and Program in Indo-European Studies at UCLA as well as a courtesy appointment in the Department of Classics. My research lies at the intersection of language change and linguistic theory, with a focus on syntactic, morphosyntactic, and semantic change among the Indo-European languages.

I am thrilled to be a member of the 2021 cohort of Guggenheim Fellows.

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  • Syntactic, morphosyntactic, and semantic change
  • Indo-European
  • Phylogenetics
  • Quantitative methods
  • Corpus linguistics


  • Ph.D., 2010

    University of California, Berkeley

  • M.A., 2004

    University of California, Berkeley

  • M.Phil., 2002

    University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College

  • B.A., 2000

    Amherst College

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Correlated Grammaticalization
Grammaticalization does not occur in a vacuum

Recent Publications

(2022). Toward a non-teleological account of demonstrative reinforcement. Life cycle of language: Past, present, and future, ed. Alan C. L. Yu and Darya Kavitskaya. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


(2022). The Old Irish article. Journal of Celtic Linguistics 23:1–34.


(2022). There’s no escaping phylogenetics. Festschrift.

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(2021). A multifactorial account of differential agent marking in Herodotus. Journal of Greek Linguistics 21:3-57.

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(2020). Indo-European phylogenetics with R. Indo-European Linguistics 8:110-180.

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(2020). Homeric -phi(n) is an oblique case marker. Transactions of the Philological Society 118:343-375.

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Courses 2021-2022

Indo-European Morphology

Winter 2022

Indo-European Syntax

Spring 2022

Linguistic phylogenetics

Winter 2022


  • (310) 825-0634
  • 3125 Campbell Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • My office is on the third floor of Campbell Hall, 3122B.
  • Office hours Fall 2021: Friday 2:00 to 4:00