Alexander Murzaku, Ph.D.

Alexander Murzaku, Ph.D.

Title: Professor and Program Chairperson
Office Building: Santa Maria Hall
Floor: 4th Floor
Room: 48
Phone: 973-290-4330

Latest Research

Refereed Articles and Monographs

  • 2012. A quantitative analysis of qualitative language changes in today’s Albanian. In Foschungsstand und Zukunftsperspektiven der Albanologie. Serie “Albanische Forschungen.” Verlag Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden. 
  • 2009. Co-authored with Rovella, Anna Rosa, Roberto Guarasci, Giuseppe A. Cavarretta. La classificazione automatica dei documenti. In ARCHIVI, 2009, Vol. IV, n. 1. 75-82. 
  • 2007. Does Albanian have a third person personal pronoun? Let's have a look at the corpus. In Corpus Linguistics, Beyond the Word: Research from Phrase to Discourse. Rodopi. 243-255. 
  • 1993. Notes on the Albanian Articles i, e, të and së. Quaderni del Dipartimento di Linguistica, 7, Serie Albanistica 1. Università della Calabria. 175-181. 
  • 1991. Referenzialità dei pronomi deittici “impuri” dell'albanese nella rappresentazione del discorso, Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. 129-141. 
  • 1990. I pronomi ai e ky nella lingua albanese standard, Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. 77-88. 
  • 1989. Përemrat ai dhe ky në gjuhën shqipe. Studime Filologjike, Nr. 1. Akademia e Shkencave, Tiranë. 33-43. 
  • 1988. Si përdoret përemri vetor unë në gjuhën shqipe, Gjuha jonë, Nr. 4. Akademia e Shkencave, Tiranë. 91-93. 

Other Articles, publications, Reviews and Patents

  • 2009. Review of Pandeli Pani’s Albanisch Intensiv. Balkanistica 22. 164-165. 
  • 2008. A System for the Automatic Classification of Electronic Documents. Technical Report, Laboratorio di Documentazione, Università della Calabria. 
  • 2001. Method and System for Utilizing Internet Email Communications for Group Collaboration. Patent Application G06F 17/27 PCT/US2001/006500. Filed September 7, 2001. 
  • 1990. Inverse Dictionary of Albanian. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • 2011. Finding patterns in texts: a quantitative analysis of qualitative language changes. 4. Deutsch-albanische Kultur-Wissenschaftliche Tagung, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München, Germany, June 23-25. 
  • 2010. Vlachophobia in Albania – Minorities, Nationalism and Identity. 17th Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 15-18. 
  • 2009. Co-authored with Anna Rovella, University of Calabria, and Giuseppe A. Cavarretta, CNR. La classificazione automatica dei documenti, Convegno SEGID (Servizio per la Gestione Informatica dei Documenti – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Rome, Italy, June 12. 
  • 2008. Language Unchained – a Quantitative Analysis of Language Change in Albania after the Fall of Communism. 16th Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Studies, Banff, Calgary, May 1-4. 
  • 2006. Politics and language: the new lexicon in Albania’s post-communist printed media (1992-2006.) American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November. 
  • 2006. The Evolving Geometry of the Deictic Adverbs of Place in Albanian. 15th Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Studies, The University of California, Berkeley, CA, March 30, 31 and April 1. 
  • 2004. Analyzing Albanian Deictics on the Web, American Association of Applied Corpus Linguistics Symposium, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, May 21-23. 
  • 2004. Is There a Third-Person Personal Pronoun in Albanian? 14th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Studies, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, April 15-17. 
  • 1999. Machine Translation and Open Standards – Syntactic and Semantic Encoding of Dictionaries, EAMT Conference, Prague, April. 
  • 1991. Parsing of Articles in Albanian, International Conference of Albanology, Cosenza, May. 
  • 1990. Impure Deictic Pronouns Reference in Discourse Representation, 16th Congress of Albanology, Palermo, November. 
  • 1988. Statistical Profile of the Pronoun Usage in Albanian, 3rd Conference of Albanian Grammar Studies, Tirana, October. 

Workshops and Panel Presentations

  • Continuing the Homeric Tradition – Ismail Kadare, Interdisciplinary Workshop on New Classicism in the Arts. College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, February 23, 2010. 
  • Parallels between Deixis and Tense, Albanian Linguistics Workshop, CEERES, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, February 28, 2009. 
  • ASN (Association for the Study of Nationalities) Annual World Convention. Columbia University. 
    • Panel Chair, PANEL N5: Politics of Language. April 23-25, 2009. 
    • Panel Chair, PANEL N3: Language Politics - Normative Perspectives. April 10-12, 2008. 
    • Panel Chair, PANEL BK12: Gender Relations in Kosovo and Albania. April 12-14, 2007. 
    • Panel Chair, Comparing Language Politics. March 23-25, 2006. 
    • Panel Chair, Language Politics in the Post-Communist World. April 14-16, 2005. 
  • Finding Linguistic Patterns through Word Collocations. Faculty Showcase. College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, April 8, 2008. 

Colloquia, Lectures and Presentations

  • Annual CSE Kristallnacht Commemoration. In-class faculty sessions. 
    • The Government of Vichy and the French Jewish Population. 2011. 
    • Jewish immigration in Argentina. 2010. 
  • Interview given to arbëria TV occitana / Ten Teleuropa Network on the role of informatics on Language Revitalization Efforts (aired May 20, 2008). 
  • Dante in Today’s Italy: Benigni’s Interpretation of Canto XXXIII. Invited presentation in Honor’s Literature course. College of Saint Elizabeth. November, 2007 and 2009. 
  • Semiotics and the Study of Language. Invited presentation in the course Visual Communication. College of Saint Elizabeth. February, 2008. 
  • The Role of Modern Linguistic Technologies in the Revitalization and Teaching of Endangered Languages. Department of Linguistics, University of Calabria. November, 2007. 
  • Text Clustering. Laboratorio di Documentazione, University of Calabria. November, 2007. 
  • The Role of Modern Linguistic Technologies in the Documentation of Endangered Languages. Department of Linguistics, University of Calabria. May, 2007. 
  • The Future of Computational Linguistics/NLP/Machine Translation Research in Europe. EU Commission, Luxembourg. April, 2000. 
  • Finite State Machines in Linguistic Software. Department of Computer Sciences, University of Rochester. 1994. 
  • Formal Analysis of Albanian Language and Literature. University of Calabria. 1991-1993. 

Linguistic FieldWork

  • Arbëresh – Calabria and Sicily, Italy. 
  • Albanian Gheg – Maqellarë, Dibër, Albania. 
  • Aromanian – Elbasan, Kavajë.