Professor of Comparative Philology
Chair of the Faculty Board
Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics, Jesus College
Areas of expertise
Current and former research projects supervised include: a study of the ways in which Greek expresses the agent after a passive verb; a re-examination of the stop system of Indo-European using recent work in phonetics; dialects of Indo-European and the development of the verbal system; the interaction of Latin, Greek and Gaulish in Southern France; the language of ancient curse tablets, especially bilingual formulae; the Oscan language in Southern Italy; the Latin of Roman Britain; registers of language use in ancient Greek; Greek borrowings in Etruscan; Latin borrowings in Punic; and individual studies of the language of several Latin and Greek literary authors.
(editor) A Companion to the Latin Language (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
Indo-European Linguistics (Cambridge, 2007).
(with Geoff Horrocks) The Blackwell History of the Latin Language (Oxford, 2007, corrected paperback edition 2010).
(ed. with A. Boud'hors, C. Louis and P. Sijpesteijn) Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt (American Society of Papyrologists, 2009).
(ed. with Birgit Anette Olsen) Indo-European Word Formation (Copenhagen, 2004).
(ed. with Torsten Meißner) Nominal Composition in Indo-European Languages (=Transactions of the Philological Society Vol. 100, nos. 2-3. 2002).
The Linguistic Relationship between Armenian and Greek (Oxford, 1994).