Katherine McDonald (2015) Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily: Evaluating Language Contact in a Fragmentary Corpus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily

Articles and Book Chapters

Katherine McDonald (2017) Fragmentary ancient languages as “bad data”: towards a methodology for investigating multilingualism in epigraphic sources. In Gijsbert Rutten, Joe Salmons, Rik Vosters and Wim Vandenbussche (eds.) Managing multilingualism: Contact, attitudes and planning in historical contexts. Sociolinguistica 31.

Katherine McDonald and Nicholas Zair (2016) Changing script in a threatened language: Reactions to Romanisation at Bantia in the first century BC. In Mari C. Jones and Damien Mooney (eds.) Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Link to publication.

Katherine McDonald (2016) The Sociolinguistics of Gender, Social Status and Masculinity in AristophanesJournal of Historical Sociolinguistics 2(2). Link to University Repository (pre-publication version). Link to publication. Related blog post.

Katherine McDonald (2016) Les langues de l’échange en Italie : artisans, monnaie et négociants dans la région osque méridionale. In Anne-Florence Baroni, Gwladys Bernard, Béatrice Le Teuff, Coline Ruiz Darasse (éds.) Échanger en Méditerranée: Acteurs, pratiques et normes dans les mondes anciens, Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes: 127-142. Link to publication. Related blog post.

Katherine McDonald, Livia Tagliapietra and Nicholas Zair (2015) New readings of the multilingual Petelia curse tabletZeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 195: 157-165. Link to publicationDownload PDF.

Katherine McDonald (2015) Genres, Continuity and Adaptation in the Epigraphy of South Oscan. In Emmanuel Dupraz and Wojciech Sowa (eds.) Genres épigraphiques et langues d’attestation fragmentaire dans l’espace méditerranéen, Rouen: Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre. Link to publication. Download PDF.

Katherine McDonald and Nicholas Zair (2012) Oscan ϝουρουστ and the Roccagloriosa law tabletIncontri Linguistici 35: 31-45. Link to publicationDownload PDF.

Katherine McDonald (2012) Do Personal Names in South Oscan show influence from Greek? In Torsten Meißner (ed.) Personal Names in the Western Roman World, Studies in Classical and Comparative Onomastics 1, Berlin: Curach Bhán: 41-58. Link to publication. Link to Review in Keltische Forschungen 6Download PDF.

Katherine McDonald (2012) The Testament of Vibius AdiranusJournal of Roman Studies 102: 40-55. Link to publication. Link to JSTORDownload PDF.

Book Reviews

(2016) Review of Laurens E. Tacoma (2016) Moving Romans: Migration to Rome in the Principate, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Classics for All. Link to publication. Related blog post.

(2016) Review of Christopher A. Faraone (2012) Vanishing Acts on Ancient Greek Amulets: From Oral Performance to Visual Design, London: Institute of Classical Studies, University of London. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Link to publication. Related blog post.

(2015) Review of Suscan Enderwitz and Rebecca Sauer (eds.) (2015) Communication and Materiality: Written and Unwritten Communication in Pre-Modern Societies, Berlin; New York: De Gruyter. Classics for All. Link to publication. Related blog post.

(2015) Review of J.N. Adams (2013) Social Variation and the Latin Language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 1(2). Link to publication.

(2014) Review of Francesca Murano (2013) Le tabellae defixionum osche, Pisa/Rome: Fabrizio Serra Editore. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Link to publication.

(2014) Review of Emmanuel Dupraz (2012) Sabellian Demonstratives: Forms and Functions, Leiden: Brill. Journal of Roman Studies 104. Link to publicationDownload PDF.

(2013) Review of Monique Dondin-Payre (ed.) (2011) Les noms de personnes dans l’Empire romain: transformations, adaptation, évolution, Bordeaux: Diffusion De Boccard. The Classical Review. Link to publication.

(2012) Review of Mattias Hüning, Ulrike Vogl, and Olivier Moliner (eds.) (2012) Standard Languages and Multilingualism in European History, Amsterdam: John Benjamins. eLanguage. Link to publication.

(2011) Review of Olga Spevak (ed.) (2010), Le syntagme nominal en Latin: nouvelles contributions, Paris: L’Harmattan. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Link to publication.

(2011) Review of Arietta Papaconstantinou (ed.) (2010) The Multilingual Experience in Egypt, from the Ptolemies to the ‘Abbasids, Farnham/Burlington: Ashgate. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Link to publication.

PhD Thesis

Katherine McDonald (2013) Language Contact in South Oscan Epigraphy. University of Cambridge. Link to University Repository. 2 minute thesis (audio).

Talks and Handouts

You can find details of my conference papers and seminars, including handouts, on this page.

Women’s Classical Committee Reports

Victoria Leonard and Irene Salvo, with Emma Bridges, Kate Cook, Lisa Eberle, Katherine McDonald and Amy Russell (2016) Women in Classics in the UK: Numbers and Issues. CUCD Bulletin. Link to publication.

Other Media

Research Blog (

Greek In Italy (research project blog)

Women’s Classical Committee UK (academic network for women in Classics)

Cambridge Greek Play (website and archive)

Write Like the Ancients: Videos on ancient writing from the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2013

Cambridge News 15 October 2014: “Ask an Academic” (opens pdf)

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