Room 3.08, Dugald Stewart Building
- 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
- Post code
- EH8 9AD
I am on research leave and am not offering routine appointments. Please email for a meeting.
I graduated from the theoretical and applied linguistics programme at Moscow State University in my native Russia in 2007 and completed doctoral study at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, University of Tromsø, Norway, with a thesis on the sound patterns of Welsh and Breton. Before coming to Edinburgh I held a lectureship at the University of Ulster. I was Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology from 2013, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019.
Responsibilities & affiliations
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. In addition, I am co-convenor of the Celtic Linguistics Reading Group.
I am on research leave in 2021/2022.
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I am interested in enquiries from prospective students with interests in the areas of theoretical and historical phonology. My main expertise is in Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic linguistics, but I am more than happy to entertain proposals that go beyond these languages.
Current PhD students supervised
- Jakub Musil: Vowel insertion in the Gaelic languages
- Riccardo Battilani: Vowel length in the Romance varieties of Northern Italy
- Anna Laoide-Kemp: Initial consonant mutations in Irish
Past PhD students supervised
- Jade Jørgen Sandstedt: ‘Feature specifications and contrast in vowel harmony: The orthography and phonology of Old Norwegian height harmony’
- Christopher Lewin (Celtic & Scottish Studies): ‘Aspects of the historical phonology of Manx’
Theoretical phonology, phonological interfaces, historical phonology, Celtic languages, Germanic languages
Current research interestsMy main interests are in phonological theory (particularly theories of phonological representation and phonological interfaces) and in historical linguistics (historical phonology, language variation and change, and language contact). Most of my work focuses on Celtic (particularly Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic) and Germanic (particularly North Germanic) languages; I have also worked with Romance and Slavic.
Affiliated research centres
Phonology in the Soviet Union
Research output: › Chapter (peer-reviewed) (Published)
Searching for phonological areality
Research output: › Other contribution (Unpublished)
The phonology of Gaelic tonal accent
Research output: › Conference contribution (Published)
Length and weight in Romance
Research output: › Chapter (peer-reviewed) (Accepted/In press)
Dialect variation in Scottish Gaelic nominal morphology: A quantitative study
Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, vol. 5, pp. 1-31
Research output: Contribution to Journal › Article (Published)