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.



I am spending this week in Prague, where I teach a couple of sessions for BA students from the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies of Charles University. My lectures center around the position of the Anatolian languages within the Indo-European language family. Aside from that, my welcoming host Dita Frantíková took me on a trip to beautiful Kutná Hora, a village 70 km east of Prague, with scenic views and an impressive cathedral.


Just finished another intensive weekend course in Modern Welsh. I just love this language! Thginking of going to Wales in the summer.


Today is the first day of this year's Arbeitstagung of the Indo-European Society, organized by the amazing colleagues of Cologne University. I have the honor of opening the conference as the first speaker of the first session. I will present research on the Old Latin amāssō type, a fascinating and still not fully understood category. Here is the handout.


While I'm attending the Workshop Relative Chronology in Historical Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen, two papers of mine have been published in the latest issue of Die Sprache: a review of Thomas Lindner's Urindogermanische Grammatik, and an article entitled "Ein urindogermanischer Seitensprung. Griechisch μοιχός ‘Ehebrecher’ und urgermanisch *maigaz ‘schamlos’".

Current Research Projects


Contact: hoefler.ling(AT)