About

I completed my Ph.D. on the Aeolic dialects of Ancient Greek at the University of Cambridge in February 2017. Since October 2015 I have been also collaborating with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History on a new cognacy-indexed database of basic vocabulary across the Indo-European language family. My research interests can be subdivided into a handful of related topics:
  • Greek language and linguistics (from Mycenaean to the modern spoken language)
  • Ancient Greek dialect studies (from both literary and sub-literary sources)
  • Ancient Greek epigraphy and papyrology
  • Indo-European linguistics and philology (especially of the Greek, Italic, Indo-Iranian, Anatolian, and Armenian sub-branches)
  • Etymology and the Indo-European lexicon
  • Language classification, cladistics, and subgrouping methodologies in historical linguistics

Education

Ph.D. Classics, University of Cambridge (2017) M.A. Classical Languages, University of Alberta (2011) B.A. (1st Class Honours) Classical Languages, University of Alberta (2009)

Other Publications

Monograph: The Aeolic Dialects of Ancient Greek: A Study in Historical Dialectology and Linguistic Classification (in preparation for Brill’s Studies in Indo-European Languages and Linguistics). Articles: 2017. “Studies in the Linguistic Prehistory of the Boeotian Dialect” Teiresias 47.1 : 14-24. 2015. “A New Edition of IG IX,2 69″ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 193 : 166-171. 2014. “On the Phonology and Orthography of the Thessalian Mid-Long Vowels” 11th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (Rhodes, 26-29 September 2013): Selected Papers / Πρακτικά, ed. by G. Kotzoglou, K. Nikolou, E. Karantzola, K. Frantzi, I. Galantomos, M. Georgalidou, V. Kourti-Kazoulis, C. Papadopoulou & E. Vlachou, 1535-48. Rhodes: Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean. Database & Digital Publications: (forthcoming 2018). Anderson, Cormac, Paul Heggarty & Matthew Scarborough (eds.) CoBL-IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. (forthcoming 2018). “Greek: Mycenaean” To appear in CoBL-IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. (forthcoming 2018). “Greek: Ancient (Attic)” To appear in CoBL-IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. (forthcoming 2018). “Greek: New Testament” To appear in CoBL-IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. (forthcoming 2018). “Greek: Modern Standard” To appear in CoBL- IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. (forthcoming 2018). “Latin” To appear in CoBL-IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. (forthcoming 2018). “Oscan” To appear in CoBL-IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. (forthcoming 2018). “Umbrian” To appear in CoBL-IE: An Online Database of Cognacy in Basic Lexicon across Indo-European. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Book Reviews: 2013. Review of Giannakis, Giorgios (ed.) 2012. Αρχαία Μακεδονία: Γλώσσα, ιστορία, πολιτισμός. (Thessaloniki: Centre for the Greek Language). In the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2013.08.21 (Open Access: link) 2013. Review of Ferrara, Silvia. 2012. Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions: Volume 1 – Analysis. (Oxford: Oxford University Press). In the Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.02.04 (Open Access: link) 2012. Review of Liesner, Malte. 2012. Arbeitsbuch zur lateinischen historischen Phonologie (Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag). Past Imperfect 18 : 94-98 (Open Access: link) Theses, Dissertations, etc.: 2016. The Aeolic Dialects of Ancient Greek: A Study in Historical Dialectology and Linguistic Classification. Ph.D. Dissertation, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. 2011. The Development of the Indo-European Syllabic Resonants Among the Ancient Greek Dialects. M.A. Thesis, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta. 2009. Selected Loan-Words in Mycenaean Greek: A Linguistic Analysis and Commentary. B.A. (Honours) Thesis, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta.

Projects

Cognacy in Basic Lexicon: Indo-European (CoBL-IE): A database of cognacy-indexed basic vocabulary across the Indo-European language family.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“On the ‘Aeolic’ Athematic Inflection of Contract Verbs in the Thessalian and Lesbian Dialects” at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada (May 7th – May 10th 2018)

Memberships

Member, Indogermanische Gesellschaft / Society for Indo-European Studies, Germany Member, The Philological Society, UK Member, Linguistic Society of America, USA Member, Classical Association of Canada, Canada  

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