My research interests include Slavic prosody and the phonology/morphology interface; historical Slavic linguistics and accentology; and sociolinguistics, with a focus on questions of language and identity and language contact in the former Yugoslavia. I have authored/co-authored three books and a number of book chapters and articles in journals such as Balkanistica, Die Welt der Slaven, Filologija, Hrvatski dijalektološki zbornik, International Politics, Journal of Slavic Linguistics, and Language Policy.

My current research focuses on language contact in the Istria-Kvarner region of Croatia, where Slavic Čakavian and Štokavian varieties are spoken alongside Romance varieties: Istriot, Istro-Venetian, and Istro-Romanian. I am PI on the NSF-funded project Endangered languages in contact: A multilingual spoken corpus for language documentation and research.

Selected publications

Vuković, Petar and Keith Langston. 2020. “Croatian.” In Lenore Grenoble, Pia Lane, and Unn Røyneland (eds.), Linguistic minorities in Europe online. Berlin–Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

Langston, Keith. 2020. “Čakavian.” In Marc L. Greenberg et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Slavic languages and linguistics online. Leiden–Boston: Brill.

Langston, Keith. 2018a. “The documentation of Slavic.” In Jared Klein, Brian Joseph, Matthias Fritz, and Mark Wenthe (eds.), Handbook of comparative and historical Indo-European linguistics. Vol. 3. Berlin–New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 1397–1413.

Langston, Keith. 2018b. “The morphology of Slavic.” In Jared Klein, Brian Joseph, Matthias Fritz, and Mark Wenthe (eds.), Handbook of comparative and historical Indo-European linguistics. Vol. 3. Berlin–New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 1538–1557.

Langston, Keith. 2018c. “Evaluating the effects of language planning efforts in Croatia: Evidence from corpus data.” In Stephen M. Dickey and Mark Richard Lauersdorf (eds.), V zeleni drželi zeleni breg: Studies in honor of Marc L. Greenberg. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 157–198. pdf

Langston, Keith. 2018d. “Prescriptive accentual norms vs. usage in Croatian: An acoustic study of standard pronunciation.” Journal of Slavic linguistics 26(2), 245–305.

Langston, Keith. 2017. “Slavic sociolinguistics in the post-Iron Curtain world: A survey of recent research.” Journal of Slavic linguistics 25(2): 417–440.

Peti-Stantić, Anita and Keith Langston. 2016. Borderlands and transborder regions of the Croatian language: How far back in history is enough?” In Tomasz Kamusella, Motoki Nomachi, and Catherine Gibson (eds.), The Palgrave handbook of Slavic languages, identities and borders. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 309–329.

Langston, Keith. 2015. Čakavska prozodija: Naglasni sustavi čakavskih govora. Zagreb: Matica hrvatska. [translation of Langston 2006]

Langston, Keith and Anita Peti-Stantić. 2014. Language planning and national identity in Croatia. Basingstoke–New York: Palgrave Macmillan. publisher website

Peti-Stantić, Anita and Keith Langston. 2013. Hrvatsko jezično pitanje danas. Identiteti i ideologije. Zagreb: Srednja europa.

Langston, Keith and Anita Peti-Stantić. 2011. “A language academy by any other name(s): The case of Croatia.” Language policy 10, 343–360.

Langston, Keith. 2011. “Tone reversal in Kajkavian dialects of Croatian.” In Tijmen Pronk and Rick Derksen (eds.), Accent matters: Papers on Balto-Slavic accentology. (Studies in Slavic and general linguistics 37.) Amsterdam–New York: Rodopi, 263–276.

Langston, Keith. 2009. “Language and national identity in Croatian academic discourse.” In Steven Franks, Vrinda Chidambaram, and Brian Joseph (eds.), A linguist’s linguist: Studies in South Slavic linguistics in honor of E. Wayles Browne. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 253–280.

Langston, Keith. 2007a. “Common Slavic accentual paradigm (d): A reevaluation of evidence from Čakavian.” In Mate Kapović and Ranko Matasović (eds.), Tones and theories: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Balto-Slavic Accentology. Zagreb: Institut za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovlje, 121–150. pdf

Langston, Keith. 2007b. “The neocircumflex in western South Slavic.” Slovenski jezik/Slovene linguistic studies 6, 77–95.

Langston, Keith. 2006. Čakavian prosody: The accentual patterns of the Čakavian dialects of Croatian. Bloomington, IN: Slavica. publisher website