About

I was awarded my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in March 2017 for a dissertation on the linguistic prehistory and historical dialectology of the Aeolic dialects of Ancient Greek. Since October 2015 I have been also collaborating as a research associate with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History on a new database of Indo-European cognate relations.

In June 2018 I was appointed to a lectureship in Classics and Sanskrit in the School of Languages at Rhodes University (South Africa) and pending my ability to obtain a valid work visa (crossed-fingers!) I will be taking up this position in January 2019.

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 (under review 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. [Awarded 2nd prize for best dissertation in the field of Indo-European Studies for 2016-2017 by the Indogermanische Gesellschaft.]

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.

Memberships

Member, Indogermanische Gesellschaft, Germany

Member, The Philological Society, UK

Member, Linguistic Society of America, USA

Member, Classical Association of Canada, Canada

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