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


  • Office hour: Tuesday 11:00-13:00
    Appointments via
    I am happy to meet remotely, please send an email if you would like to arrange this


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.

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am currently Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of PPLS. Please use if your query is relevant to that role.

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.

Undergraduate teaching

In 2019/2020, I teach (on) the following courses:

  • Linguistics and English Language 1A (pre-Honours). I am responsible, with Graeme Trousdale, for the data analysis component of the course.
  • LEL2D:  Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (pre-Honours). I teach the phonology block, and am also the course organizer;
  • LEL2E:  Structure and History of European Languages (pre-Honours). I teach the blocks on Indo-European, Celtic, phonology, and non-Indo-European languages of Europe
  • Phonological Theory (Honours) [course organizer]
  • Language Contact and the History of English (Honours) [course organizer]
  • Historical Phonology (Honours)
  • Current Issues in Phonology (Honours)

Apart from my guidance and feedback hour, you can book a meeting via this page.

Postgraduate teaching

In 2019/2020, I teach (on) the following courses:

  • Phonological Theory [course organizer]
  • Language Contact and the History of English [course organizer]
  • Historical Phonology
  • Current Issues in Phonology

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
  • Christopher Lewin (Celtic & Scottish Studies): Historical phonology of Manx

Past PhD students supervised

  • Jade Jørgen Sandstedt: ‘Feature specifications and contrast in vowel harmony: The orthography and phonology of Old Norwegian height harmony’

Research summary

Theoretical phonology, phonological interfaces, historical phonology, 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). 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