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.
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 (I am currently working on a book manuscript based on parts of the thesis, to appear in the series Edinburgh Studies in Theoretical Linguistics). My other particular interest is in Germanic — particularly North Germanic — languages. I have also worked on Slavic and Romance varieties.
I will present, with Remco Knooihuizen, Vowel length in Shetland Norn: Contact, change, and competing systems, at the First AMC Symposium at the University of Edinburgh
Our joint work with Máire Ní Chiosáin on consonant palatalization and vowel backness in Irish and Scottish Gaelic was presented at the 13th Old World Conference in Phonology in Budapest and Fonologi i Skandinavien (FiSK) meeting in Gothenburg
I have been awarded a £3,183 Research Incentive Grant by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland for the project Preaspiration in North Germanic: Internal variation and language history. Read more here
In the spring semester of 2015⁄2016, I will be teaching on the following courses: LEL2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (pre-Honours; I am also the course organizer); LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages (pre-Honours); Linguistics and the Gaelic Language (pre-Honours); Celtic, English, and Norse in Contact (Honours); and Historical Phonology (Honours/MSc).