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.
My paper Prosodic structure and suprasegmental features: Short-vowel stød in Danish has appeared in Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics. Download the final version here or at the journal’s website.
My book A substance-free framework for phonology: An analysis of the dialect of Bothoa will appear with Edinburgh University Press in 2017. Read more here
Máire Ní Chiosáin presented our work on vowel backness and consonant palatalization in Irish at the 9th Celtic Linguistics Conference in Cardiff (handout and slides). We will also present related work at Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 5 in London.
Will Lamb presented the results of our joint work on quantitative approaches to dialect variation in Scottish Gaelic morphology at Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 2016 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Get the slides and handout here
I presented, with Remco Knooihuizen, Vowel length in Shetland Norn: Contact, change, and competing systems, at the First AMC Symposium at the University of Edinburgh