Laura Sterian

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Room 2.01, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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My PhD dissertation (2015) was on the syntax of resumption in Romanian and Arabic.

Between 2014-2016 I worked at the University of St.Andrews as part the ERC (European Research Council) funded project "Language – Philology – Culture: Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition". My task was to collect, evaluate and analyze data from Arabic literary sources for the purpose of creating an online etymological dictionary of the Arabic language.

I hold an MA in Linguistics (2011) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. My MA thesis was a study of the syntax of questions in Arabic. I also hold an MA in Hebrew Culture and Civilization (2004) from the University of Bucharest. My MA thesis investigated the translation into Arabic of God’s names from the Hebrew Bible. I have completed a 2nd BA in Linguistics and Humanities (2009) at Simon Fraser University in Canada and a BA in Arabic Language, Literature and Linguistics (2002) at the  University of Bucharest.


Research summary

Syntactic Theory, Arabic language and linguistics, Comparative Semitic Syntax, Linguistic Typology, Translation

Project activity

True versus Intrusive Resumption: A Cross-Linguistic Investigation

Current project grants

I am currently working on a British Academy funded project investigating the syntactic phenomenon of resumption in unrelated languages such Arabic, Romanian, and English.