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Rob Painter

Rob Painter

Associate Teaching Professor

Mailing Address:

545 NI (Nightingale Hall), Boston, MA 02115


  • Field Methods, Germanic languages and linguistics, Historical linguistics, Literary Translation, Phonetics and phonology (especially experimental historical phonology and diachronic / phonetic explanations for regular sound patterns)

PhD, General Linguistics, State University of New York, University at Buffalo
MLitt, Latin Literature, University of St. Andrews
BA, Classics, Colby College


Painter, Robert. (2016). Faroe-Islander Saga: A new English translation. McFarland Press.


Book Chapters
Poornima, Shakthi & Robert Painter. (2010). Diverging Pathways: The current status of
grammaticalization of Hindi light verbs. Annual Review of South Languages and
Linguistics. Vol.211:75-104. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


Journal Articles
Painter, Robert. (2017a). Three Excerpts from Wladimir Kaminer’s ‘Russendisko’.
Metamorphoses: Journal of Literary Translation [peer-reviewed], Spring 2017.

Painter, Robert. (2017b). Grettir’s Saga, Chapter 47, and Translator’s Note.
Metamorphoses: Journal of Literary Translation [peer-reviewed], Fall 2017.

Painter, Robert. (2015). Faroe-Islander Saga, Chapter 7. Metamorphoses: Journal of Literary
Translation, pp 41-44, [peer-reviewed], Spring 2015.

Painter, Robert and Jeruen Dery. (2014). An acoustic investigation of R-Umlaut in Old Norse.
Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 26.2: 156-181, [peer-reviewed], June 2014.

Painter, Robert. (2014). Rats sleep at night. Exchanges: Journal of Literary Translation, [peer-
reviewed], online, Spring 2014.