Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are designed to support scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers (defined as having submitted their thesis for viva voce examination no more than four years prior to the closing date), but with a proven record of research. Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis. Further details about the scheme are available on the Leverhulme Trust website.
In ‘Of tortoise necks and dialects: a new edition of the Grammaticus Leidensis’, now published open access in Byzantinische Zeitschrift, Niels Schoubben, Jikke Koning, Bob van Velthoven and Philomen Probert offer a new edition and discussion of a short and intriguing Byzantine treatise on ancient Greek dialects. If anyone figures out the point of the tortoise, please drop them a line.
Is reading fiction ever a wildly frustrating experience? Does the author go off on uninteresting tangents, or fail to draw threads together, or try to get us to sympathise with someone whose actions we can’t condone…wait, just how many ways of causing narrative frustration are there? In this piece now published open access in Topoi, Daniel Altshuler and Christina Kim propose a first typology of narrative frustration.
The Faculty is delighted that Ziwen Wang has been awarded a British Academy International Fellowship to work on the genus alternans in Romance languages — an inflectional pattern whereby nouns select masculine agreement in the singular and feminine agreement in the plural, as in Romanian scaun albastru ‘blue chair’ (albastru is a masculine adjective form) as opposed to scaune albastre ‘blue chairs’ (albastre is a feminine adjective form).1 Building on earlier work by himself and Michele Loporcaro, which suggests that the genus alternans was onc
In this paper, now published open access in the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, Joshua Booth considers the relative chronologies and interactions of two Middle High German sound changes: the lengthening of all short vowels in stressed open syllables (‘open syllable lengthening’), and the diphthongisation of the high vowels /i:, y:, u:/.
We were delighted to welcome ancient Greek dialectologists to a rather rainy Oxford for Perceptions and Social Uses of the Ancient Greek Dialects on 21-22 September 2023. A big thank you to all the speakers, audience members, session chairs, programme committee members, and organisers for a memorable and informative event!
Those who were at LingO 2023 heard that Diego Krivochen has been having fun with graph theory — and might even have heard a rumour that he has been developing his own syntactic framework. As one of the organisers commented, “There’s no smoke without fire”… Well, Diego’s book Syntax on the Edge: A Graph-Theoretic Analysis of Sentence Structure has now appeared with Brill, and promises to be accessible to those of us with no idea about graph theory or any particular syntactic framework. Congratulations, Diego!