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 presented our joint work on Argyll Gaelic preaspiration with Michael Ramsammy and Patrick Honeybone at the conference of the Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster (University of the West of Scotland, Ayr).
I have been invited to serve on the AHRC Peer Review College from October 2015 through 2018.
I presented Pitch accent and preaspiration in Gaelic: Reconsidering contact origins at the 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
As a user of LaTeX, R and Emacs, I naturally write up my research in
.Rnw files, using knitr to produce
.tex sources. With Emacs, this means I have access to both the awesome AUCTeX for writing LaTeX and the excellent ESS environment for the statistics at the same time. However, being the absent-minded academic that I am, I sometimes end up opening the woven
.tex file instead of the
.Rnw and make edits to that, which means it gets overwritten and lost the next time I run
knitr. This is suboptimal, but of course Emacs allows us to fix it.