Thank you for visiting my website. I am an assistant professor of historical linguistics at the Department of Language and Information Sciences, University of Lausanne. From 2018 until 2020, I worked as the Diebold Research Assistant in Comparative Philology at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, and as an Instructor in Ancient Greek and Latin at the Faculty of Classics of the University of Oxford. There, I was associated with Wolfson College, where I still am a Junior Research Fellow, and with Balliol College, where I was a Lecturer in Latin and Greek language.
I hold an undergraduate degree in Classics and Oriental Studies, and an M.Phil. in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology from Oxford, where I have also completed my doctoral research.
In my doctoral dissertation, I investigated the historic relationship between Classical Armenian and Western Middle Iranian, specifically regarding questions of language contact resulting in pattern replication (“borrowed syntax”). I am further interested in relative clause syntax, esp. ‘relative attraction’ and headless relative clauses, as well as morphosyntactic alignment change.
My general interests include: Iranian comparative and historical linguistics (Avestan, Old Persian, Middle Persian and Parthian), Armenian historical linguistics, Greek and Latin historical linguistics, Indo-European comparative philology, language contact, relative clause syntax, Armenian historiography and codicology.
I have a working knowledge of these languages: Latin, Classical Greek, Classical Armenian, Sanskrit, Old Persian, Avestan, Middle Persian, Parthian, Urartian, and Hurrian; Modern: German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Eastern Armenian, and Russian (basic reading).
Between 2016 and 2019, I was Secretary for Student Associates of the Philological Society; I now serve as a regular member of Council of the Society. Between 2018 and 2020, I have served as the secretary of the Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS).
I am also a Chartered Linguist, specialising in Language Education, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.