Nancy J Stenson

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Linguistics, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1976.
  • B.A.: French, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 1967.


  • Irish and Celtic linguistics
  • language contact and change
  • Native American languages
  • syntax and morphology
Courses Taught
  • Languages of the World
  • Language Endanderment, Death, and Revitalization
  • Language Types and Linguistic Universals
  • Field Methods in Linguistics
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor, Journal of Celtic Language Learning: 1995 - present


  • Language contact in Ireland: a study of the structural influences of widespread bilingualism in English on the contemporary development of the Irish language, 1995


  • Language Instructor: Teaching Irish for language workshops in St. Paul, Winona, Madison, and Milwaukee, 1991 - present
  • The Use of Irish Among Immigrants to the United States: Stenson, Nancy, New Hibernia Review, 2 116-131, 1998.
  • On the Limits of Formal Grammar: Stenson, Nancy, R. Clamons, A Mulkern, G. S &ers, Formalism and functionalism in linguistics, Benjamins, 59-76, 1998.
  • English influence on Irish: the last 100 years: Stenson, Nancy, Journal of Celtic Linguistics, 2 107-128, 1993.
  • Patterns of variation in Irish loan phonology: Stenson, Nancy, Principles and Predictions: the Analysis of Natural Language, John Benjamins, 151-166, 1993.
  • Studies in Irish Syntax. Stenson, Nancy, Gunter Narr Verlag, 1981.
  • Speaking Irish in America: language and identity. Stenson, Nancy, In Global Eurolinguistics: European languages in North America, Migration, maintenance and death, Ed. P. Sture Ureland, Tubingen: Niemeyer, 2001.
  • An Haicléara Mánus: a nineteenth century text from Clifden, Co Galway. Stenson, Nancy, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2003.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin, Ireland, January 2002 - March 2002
  • Graduate School/McKnight summer stipend, June 1997 - August 1997
  • Graduate Research Partnership grant (with P. McAuley), June 2001 - August 2001
  • Bush sabbatical supplement, September 2002 - June 2003
  • Visiting Professor, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, August 2005 - December 2005