Dr Pietro Bortone
Bortone studied Classical, Medieval, and Modern Greek (King’s College London), Linguistic Theory (Oxford), Comparative Philology (Oxford), Scandinavian Studies (UCL), and Greek Philology (Oxford).
Besides teaching for Oxford’s faculties of Classics and of Modern Languages, he has lectured at numerous universities in the US, continental Europe, and Africa, and has worked as an etymologist for the Oxford English Dictionary. He has received several scholarships and awards, and won fellowships from Princeton, Harvard, Uppsala, Berlin’s Wissenschaftskolleg, Rhodes University, Bucharest’s NEC, and the Onassis Foundation, amongst others.
His areas of interest include: adpositions; explanations for semantic shifts; links between language and nationality; nationalist discourse; use and implications of the term ‘identity’; and the history and structure of a number of languages (notably Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine, and Modern Greek; Romeyka; Turkish; Latin; Scandinavian languages; Romanian).