Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Doug Adams

Douglas Adams

Office: Brink Hall 228
Phone: (208) 885-6561
Email: dqadams@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English
Professor Emeritus

Home Town: Seattle, Washington
With UI Since 1972

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Indo-European Historical Linguistics
    • Tocharian Historical Linguistics
    • Tocharian Lexicography
  • Biography
    Douglas Adams has been a professor in the English Department at the University of Idaho since 1972. Currently he teaches in the department’s Teaching English as a Second Language master’s program. He has served in a number of administrative posts: of the faculty 1992-1996, and again 2004-2008, chair of the English Department 1996-2000, editor of the Faculty-Staff Handbook 1992-2002, director of the institutional self-study for accreditation 2002-2004. He has authored numerous articles and books on historical linguistics.

  • Selected Publications
    • [in progress, a complete revision of ] A Dictionary of Tocharian B (Leiden Studies in Indo-European). Amsterdam and Atlanta, Rodopi, 1999.
    • The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World, with J. P. Mallory. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006
    • “Some Implications of the Carbon-14 Dating of Tocharian Manuscripts,” Journal of Indo-European Studies 34 (2006[2007]):381-389
    • “Etymological Connections for the Tocharian Word for ‘Village’ and the Germanic Word for ‘House’.” Journal of Indo-European Studies 34 (2006[2007]):390-399
    • “Tocharian B traksim ‘Grains’ and an Indo-European Word for ‘Berry.’” Journal of Indo-European Studies 33 (2005[2006]):219-226.
    • “Patterns of Stress and Rhythm in Tocharian B Prosody.” In Language in Time and Space: A Festschrift for Werner Winter on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday, pp. 1-11. Edd. Brigitte L.M. Bauer and Georges-Jean Pinault. Berlin and New York, Mouton de Gruyter, 2003.
    • “‘Give to Drink’ in Tocharian B and the Reflexes of the PIE Causative.” Tocharian and Indo-European Studies 10 (2003):1-10.
    • “Some Observations of Peoples, Places and Languages in the Tarim Basin in the First Millennium AD.” Tocharian and Indo-European Studies (2000) 9:1-28.
  • Awards and Honors
    • University of Idaho Research Award (2004)