Pavel Iosad

Senior Lecturer

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

Contact details



Room 3.08, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


  • My guidance and feedback hours in term time are Friday, 10:00 to 12:00. For individual meetings, you are welcome to make an appointment via


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.

Undergraduate teaching

In 2022/2023, I am convening the following courses:

  • Linguistics and English Language 1A (pre-Honours)
    • I am also responsible for the puzzle block of the course
  • Phonological Theory (Honours)
  • Structure of a Language (Honours)
    • In 2022/2023, the target language is Ukrainian

I am also teaching on

  • LEL2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (pre-Honours)
  • Historical Phonology (Honours)

Postgraduate teaching

In 2022/2023, I convene the course Phonological Theory (MSc) and teach on Historical Phonology (MSc)

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
  • Brandon Kieffer: Historical phonology of Great Lakes Bantu
  • Iris Kamil: Semitic historical morphology

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’

Research summary

Theoretical phonology, phonological interfaces, historical phonology, phonological typology, Celtic languages, Germanic languages

Current research interests

My 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). More recently, I have also been exploring topics in synchronic and diachronic phonological typology. 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, Slavic, and Uralic languages.

Affiliated research centres