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 chapter on Optimality Theory has appeared in the Routledge handbook of phonological theory (edited by S. J. Hannahs and Anna Bosch). Download the draft here
In the second semester of 2017⁄2018, I am teaching Historical Phonology (Honours/MSc), Current Issues in Phonology (Honours/MSc), LEL2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (pre-Honours; I am also the course organizer), LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages, and Linguistics and the Gaelic Language (pre-Honours).
I have been awarded funding from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences Pilot Project Fund to initiate work on a database of Gaelic dialect forms.
I offered two presentations at the Third Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology: a talk on pre-sonorant voicing and language contact in the fringe session on laryngeal phonology and a poster on the history of Brythonic tense and lax vowels in the main session.
I have a uploaded a draft version of my paper on phonology in the Soviet Union for the forthcoming Oxford History of Phonology. Comments welcome!