Minkova, Donka

Distinguished Research Professor

Associate Dean of Humanities
Kaplan 194
Tel: 310.825.4978 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



Ph.D. University of Sofia.



History and Structure of the English Language, History of English Verse.


Additional Information

Main interests: English language history, phonology, metrics. Professor since 1992. She is the author of The History of Final Vowels in English (1991), English Words: History and Structure (with Robert Stockwell) (2001, Second Edition 2009), Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English (2003) and A Historical Phonology of English (2014). She is editor of Phonological Weakness in English. From Old to Present-Day English (2009) and co-editor of Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective (2002), Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism (2003), and Empirical and Analytical Advances in the Study of English Language Change (2009). She has published widely in the fields of English and Germanic historical phonology and syntax, historical dialectology, English historical metrics. She has held the Annual Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, the University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 2000 she co-founded the conference series Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL). She is on the editorial boards of Diachronica, English Language and Linguistics, Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Journal of English Linguistics, Transactions of the Philological Society (TPS), Edinburgh University Press English Language Series, Peter Lang Verlag’s Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, Warsaw Studies in English Language and Literature, and Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change. She has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the UCLA CAP, Vice-Chair and Chair of the system-wide UCAP, Vice-Chair and Chair of the UCLA Council on Research, Executive Committee Member and Vice-President of SGL. Since 2012 she has also served as Associate Dean of Humanities at UCLA.

New: A Historical Phonology of English

For a full bibliography see: Full Bibliography

Interest Areas
• History of the English Language
• Medieval Studies