Stefan Höfler

I am a historical linguist focusing on nominal morphology (both inflection and derivation), morphosyntax (gender and agreement), sound change, and derivational semantics. 

As a passionate Indo-Europeanist, my main languages are Ancient Greek and Latin (from a linguistic as well as a philological perspective), the Celtic languages, and Tocharian. Besides, I also work on non-Indo-European languages, above all Modern Hebrew and Hungarian.

Within Ancient Greek, I specialize in Homeric linguistics, in Greek historical phonology and dialectology, and in word-formation. In Latin, my research is concerned with both synchronic and diachronic grammar, etymology, and Latin inscriptions from all periods.

I received my PhD in Indo-European Linguistics from the University of Vienna, Austria in summer 2017. 

After a postdoc lecturer position at Harvard University (2017–2018) and a postdoc research position at the University of Copenhagen (2019–2021), I am currently the recipient of a postdoc fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Vienna.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email.



Two new papers of mine have been published! Both have to do with Proto-Indo-European adjectives and focus on the Greek material (that seems to be the most fruitful in this regard). Here is my paper on the feminine forms of thematic adjectives in Greek and Indo-European and here is my paper on Greek adjectives in -ης (-ᾱς), an overlooked type?


Today I'm on my way to Halle an der Saale for an intensive weekend course in Welsh. Dw i'n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at ddysgu mwy am yr iaith wych hon. Penwythnos hapus!


Today is the start of the winter semester here in Vienna. I will be teaching a proseminar "Grundlagen der indogermanischen Wortbildung" for BA students. So far, 23 people have signed up for the course, which is a nice number! Looking forward to the first session, which will include Loriots Kleiner Opernführer, Proto-Indo-European *-sk̑é- verbs, and an exercise in Dothraki word formation.


Last week, I attended the International Colloquium on Ancient Greek Linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (which was a great reminder of what is good about in-person conferences). Not only did I meet the American novelist Paul Auster (who by coincidence was awarded an honorary doctor title in the same building), I also gave a talk about Homeric κνίση and its two very distinct meanings ('savor, steam of a burnt sacrifice' and 'lace fat'). You can find the handout here.

Current Research Projects


Contact: hoefler.ling(AT)