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 is forthcoming 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.
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!
We presented new results of the project on Irish short vowels with Máire Ní Chiosáin at Tionól 2016 (slides and handout here) and at Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 5 (slides and handout here).
Two recent manuscripts on Welsh are now listed: one on quantity-quality interactions in Welsh vowels in substance-free phonology (to appear in Phonology) and one on the so-called ‘provection’ of south-eastern Welsh and its relevance for feature theory (to appear in a volume with OUP)
My chapter on Optimality Theory will appear in the Routledge handbook of phonology (edited by S. J. Hannahs and Anna Bosch). Download the draft here