I am a Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology in the department of Linguistics and English Language, School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I received my PhD from the University of Tromsø, following a specialist degree at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Moscow State University. Previously I was Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
I specialize in theoretical phonology. My main areas of interest concern the nature of phonological features and the division of labour in phonological theory. Recently I have also been working on the interaction between segmental and suprasegmental phonology, particularly on the proper analysis of so-called ‘pitch accent’ systems. My other interests are morphology-phonology interaction (in particular stratal/cyclic models), historical phonology, and historical language contact. In particular, I am interested in the interesting phonological commonalities among the languages of north-western Europe, such as preaspiration, ‘pitch accent’ systems, sonorant pre-occlusions etc. Read more about this project here.
At Edinburgh, I am affiliated to the Phonetics and Phonology, Language Variation and Change, and English Language research groups. I am also an affiliate of the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics.
Most of my work is on Celtic languages — particularly Welsh and Irish, and more recently also Scottish Gaelic (chan eil ach beagan Gàidhlig agam an-dràsta). My PhD thesis provides a comparison of selected aspects of the phonology of two Brythonic Celtic varieties, and a book based on parts of it has just appeared with Edinburgh University Press (read more here). My other particular interest is in Germanic — particularly North Germanic — languages. I have also worked on Slavic and Romance varieties.
My book A substance-free framework for phonology: An analysis of the Breton dialect of Bothoa is now out with Edinburgh University Press. Read more here.
I presented Variation in North Germanic preaspiration at the Fonologi i Norden (FiNo) conference at the University of Agder. Download slides and handout
From January 2017 I am serving on the editorial board of Phonology.
In the second semester of 2016⁄2017, I am teaching phonology on LEL2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (I am also the course organizer for this course); Indo-European, Celtic, and phonology on LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages; a range of topics on Historical Phonology; the entirety of Celtic, English and Norse in Contact; and phonetics, phonology and historical linguistics on Linguistics and the Gaelic Language. My office hours are Tuesday, 13:00–15:00.
We have launched a new journal called Papers in Historical Phonology. Read more about it, and the first articles, here. I have contributed a paper on rule scattering and vowel length in Northern Romance — comments welcome!