Eleanor Walsh Wilcox

Eleanor earned her BA from Brown University in 2017 with a dual major of Classics and Medieval Cultures. As an undergrad, she studied Latin, Ancient Greek, Old Norse, Old English, Old Irish, and Proto-Indo-European, and her senior thesis was titled ‘From the Chariot to the Sacrifice: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Kingship Rituals in Iron Age Ireland.’ During her time at Brown, she studied abroad at the Summer and Winter School at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, during which time she also held an internship at the Archaeological Study Collection at the American Academy in Rome. After graduation, Eleanor taught Latin at the secondary level at schools in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, Texas.

During her time at Oxford, Eleanor has discovered an interest in theoretical syntax and aims to focus her research on using modern syntactic theories to analyze philological data. Her thesis, “Towards a Unified Account of the Old Irish Verbal Complex,” is jointly supervised by David Willis and Diego Krivochen and will focus on a syntactic analysis of Old Irish verbs that both adheres to syntactic principles and accounts for complex prosodic and phonological interactions. She also hopes to expand her syntactic research in the future to the Latin  accusativus cum infinitivo construction (and other Latin nonfinite constructions).

Eleanor’s research is partially funded by the Martin Burr Bursary from the Philological Society.

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