Elkins native completes doctorate requirements


Elliott Shane Evans of Elkins has completed all requirements for his PhD in Germanic Studies, Germanic linguistics and philology, at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana.

His dissertation is titled, “The Origin, Functions and Histories of Germanic Adjective Endings.” Evans, a 2005 honors graduate of Elkins High School, earned his MA in foreign language, linguistics, in 2011 and his BA in foreign languages, German, in 2008 from West Virginia University, Morgantown.

While at IU, Evans was an academic instructor in Germanic studies for underclassmen and a linguistics instructor for IU’s Honors Program in foreign languages in Graz, Austria. At WVU, Evans was a lecturer and teaching assistant in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Since 2009, Evans has worked as a German language instructor in the U.S. Department of Education High School Upward Bound Summer Program at Davis & Elkins College, Elkins.

IU awarded Evans the Oskar Seidlin Dissertation Fellowship, the Foster W. Biasdell Jr. Award, for excellence in Scandinavian Studies, and the Max Kade Fellowship. He published “Runes: Past and Present” in ProQuest Dissertation Publishing at WVU. Evans attended and presented at several conferences and workshops with four Germanic Linguistics Annual Conferences being the highlight. Presentations of note were “Double definiteness, diachrony and Danish,” GLAC, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland; “Case attraction in Old High German,” GLAC, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; and “What to wear: Wufila’s New Testament and notions of appearance,” IU Graduate Student Conference, Bloomington, Indiana.

Evans is the son of Vicki and Michael Fisher and Stanley and Roberta Evans. He is the grandson of Norma Jean Clark and Nada Evans and the late Grover Evans, and the brother of S. Clark Evans, all of Elkins.