I am a Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology in the Department of Linguistics and English Language in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I received my PhD from the the University of Tromsø in Tromsø, Norway, where I spent five years at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, and my specialist degree (roughly an MA) at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (OTiPL) of the Faculty of Philology, Moscow State University in Russia. Before coming to Edinburgh I was a Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland.
I specialize in theoretical phonology, in particular segmental phonology and the interaction between segmental and prosodic structure. My main areas of interest concern the nature of phonological features and the division of labour in phonological theory. My other interests are morphology-phonology interaction (in particular stratal/cyclic models thereof), historical phonology, and historical language contact.
In my PhD thesis, entitled Representation and variation in substance-free phonology: a case study in Celtic, I undertook an in-depth comparative investigation of selected aspects of the phonology of two Brythonic Celtic varieties, with special attention to the rôle that representation plays in cross-linguistic variation even in computationally oriented frameworks such as Optimality Theory. Somewhat boringly, I work mostly on Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, and Romance varieties.
- My review of Bridget D. Samuels' Phonological architecture: A biolinguistic perspective (Oxford: OUP, 2011) will appear in Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift.
- My paper The phonology and morphosyntax of mutation in Breton will appear in a special issue of Lingue e linguaggio. Download a copy.
- My paper ‘Pitch accent’ and prosodic structure in Scottish Gaelic: reassessing the role of contact will appear in New trends in Nordic and general linguistics, edited by Martin Hilpert, Janet Duke, Christine Mertzlufft, Jan-Ola Östman, and Michael Rießler, to be published with Mouton de Gruyter. Download a copy.
- I will present Phonologization of redundant contrasts and the Contrastivist Hypothesis at the Eighth North American Phonology Conference, Concordia University, Montréal.
- On 5 April 2014, I will present The [ATR]/laryngeal connection and emergent features at the GLOW Workshop on Phonological Specification and Interface Interpretation held at KU Leuven HUBrussel, Brussels, Belgium.
- This semester, I am teaching on LEL2D Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (phonology) and LEL2E Structure and History of European Languages (Celtic, phonology); I am also teaching a class in CELT10025 Gaelic Dialectology.
- On 11th February 2014 I presented Nordeuropäische Lautgeographie revisited: the view from theoretical phonology at the Linguistics and English Language Research Seminar, University of Manchester.
- I presented the poster Connecting the dots: phonologization of redundant tenseness across Welsh dialects at the Symposium on Historical Phonology at the The University of Edinburgh. Click here to download the poster (large file!).
- With Michael Ramsammy and Patrick Honeybone, I have been awarded a grant by the Moray Endowment Fund for an acoustic study of preaspiration in mainland dialects of Scottish Gaelic.
Before you ask, anghyflawn is Welsh for ‘incomplete’ — at this point this should be self-explanatory. I also get asked about my name a lot, so here is a brief explanation.