David B. Wharton

David Wharton

Associate Professor (Linguistics, Latin poetry)
Email: wharton@uncg.edu
Office: 1115 MHRA
Phone: no direct line; leave message on general office phone: 336-334-5214
At UNCG Since: 1989 / 1993


Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – 1992
M.A.  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – 1984
B.A.   Cornell College – 1979

Research Interests

Dr. Wharton is interested in the light that linguistics can shed on the study of Latin literature, and his recent research has focused on the lexical semantics of Latin. His current book project is called Latin Color in Context, a reassessment of the Latin color vocabulary in light of recent linguistic and anthropological research on color terms across the world’s languages.

Selected Publications

  • “Linguistic Semantics and the Representation of Word Meanings in Latin Dictionaries,” in Formal Linguistics and the Teaching of Latin, ed. Renato Oniga, Rosella Iovino, and Giuliana Giusti, Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2011, 255-78.
  • “On the Distribution of Adnominal Prepositional Phrases in Latin Prose,” Classical Philology 2009 104:2, 184-207.
  • “Sunt Lacrimae Rerum: A Linguistic Exploration,” Classical Journal 2008 103:3: 259-79.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation Grant, 1998-1999

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