I am a Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology in the Department of Linguistics and English Language in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I received my PhD from the the University of Tromsø in Tromsø, Norway, where I spent five years at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, and my specialist degree (roughly an MA) at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (OTiPL) of the Faculty of Philology, Moscow State University in Russia. Before coming to Edinburgh I was a Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland.
I specialize in theoretical phonology, in particular segmental phonology and the interaction between segmental and prosodic structure. My main areas of interest concern the nature of phonological features and the division of labour in phonological theory. My other interests are morphology-phonology interaction (in particular stratal/cyclic models thereof), historical phonology, and historical language contact.
In my PhD thesis, entitled Representation and variation in substance-free phonology: a case study in Celtic, I undertook an in-depth comparative investigation of selected aspects of the phonology of two Brythonic Celtic varieties, with special attention to the rôle that representation plays in cross-linguistic variation even in computationally oriented frameworks such as Optimality Theory. Somewhat boringly, I work mostly on Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, and Romance varieties.
- I will present the poster Connecting the dots: phonologization of redundant tenseness across Welsh dialects at the Symposium on Historical Phonology at the The University of Edinburgh.
- On 11th February 2014 I will give a talk at the Linguistics and English Language Research Seminar, University of Manchester.
- I presented In search of lost phonology: svarabhakti, metathesis, and stem allomorphy in South Welsh in the SELLL Linguistics Seminar Series, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
- The book Minority languages, microvariation, minimalism and meaning: Proceedings of the Irish Network in Formal Linguistics, which I edited with Catrin Rhys and Alison Henry, is now out at Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- I presented Phonemicization vs. phonologization: voiced fricatives in Old English and Brythonic (joint work with Patrick Honeybone) at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain at the School of Oriental and African Studies. View the presentation or download the handout.
Before you ask, anghyflawn is Welsh for ‘incomplete’ — at this point this should be self-explanatory. I also get asked about my name a lot, so here is a brief explanation.