Professor of linguistics and classics to receive honorary doctorate

Philip Baldi, professor of linguistics and classics in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, will receive an honorary doctorate in January from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, a research university founded in 1477 and one of Europe’s most renowned institutions of learning. Baldi is a renowned expert in historical linguistics, Indo-European comparative linguistics, and Latin linguistics. His books include "An Introduction to the Indo-European Languages," published by Southern Illinois University Press, and "The Foundations of Latin," by Mouton de Gruyter.

Baldi earned a bachelor's degree in classics in 1968 from the University of Scranton and master's and doctoral degrees in linguistics from the University of Rochester, N.Y., in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He joined Penn State in 1973 and was named associate professor in 1976 and professor in 1981. He served as director of the Linguistics Program from 1981 to 1992 and interim head and associate head of the Department of Classics from 1992 to 1994. Baldi has received the Class of 1933 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Humanities in 1978 from the College of the Liberal Arts.

Among his accomplishments, he serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Archivio Glottologico Italiano, and as a U.S. representative to the Biennial International Conference on Latin Linguistics. His research has received funding support from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller and Diebold Foundations, among others.

Last Updated December 15, 2009