Alan Jeffrey "Jerry" Nussbaum (born December 17, 1947) is an American linguist of the Indo-European languages and a classical philologist, best known for his work on the language of the Homeric epics and modern and Proto-Indo-European nominals. He has specialized in nominals' derivational semantics and morphology (including that of the "Caland system").[1] He is a professor of Indo-European linguistics, and the Greek and Latin languages at Cornell University.[1]

Nussbaum, of Galician Jewish background, was born in New York City and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. He received a bachelor's degree in classics (1969) from Washington Square College (New York University), a Diploma in Comparative Philology (1974) from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in linguistics (1976) from Harvard University.[1] After teaching as an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor at Yale University (1975–85), he moved to Cornell as an associate professor (1985–97) and then as full professor (1997–present) of classics and linguistics.

Nussbaum was married to philosopher Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, until 1987.[2]

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  • Nussbaum, A (1986). Head and Horn in Indo-European. Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Nussbaum, A (1998) Two Studies in Greek and Homeric Linguistics.' Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht.
  • Nussbaum, A (2007), ed. Verba Docenti. Studies in historical and Indo-European linguistics presented to Jay H. Jasanoff by students, colleagues, and friends. Ann Arbor and New York: Beech Stave Press.
  • Cooper A I, Rau J, Weiss M (2013), eds. Multi Nominis Grammaticus: Studies in Classical and Indo-European Linguistics in Honor of Alan J. Nussbaum on the Occasion of his Sixty-fifth Birthday. Ann Arbor: Beech Stave Press.


  1. ^ a b c Alan Nussbaum - Professor at Cornell University Department of Linguistics
  2. ^ "And you may ask yourself..." Times Higher Education. 1 September 1995.