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Dr Nicholas Zair

Dr  Nicholas Zair

Lecturer in Classics (Classical Linguistics & Comparative Philology)

Director of Studies in Linguistics, Peterhouse

Peterhouse
Trumpington St
Cambridge
CB2 1RD

Office Phone: 01223 338 238

Research Interests

I'm interested in the history and development of classical languages, especially their phonology and morphology, and the writing systems used to represent them; I focus in particular on the Italic languages, including Latin, Oscan, Umbrian and South Picene. I've also worked on aspects of the (pre-)history of Celtic languages, and the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European. I welcome enquiries from potential graduate students who may be interested in working on topics of this sort.

Key Publications

Books
2016. Oscan in the Greek Alphabet. Cambridge: CUP

2012. The Reflexes of the Proto-Indo-European Laryngeals in Celtic. Leiden & Boston: Brill

Selected articles
2018. Latin bardus and gurdus. Glotta 94, 311-18


2017 (with Katherine McDonald). Changing script in a threatened language: reactions to Romanisation at Bantia in the first century BC. In Mari Jones & Damien Mooney (eds.), Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages, 291-304. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2017. The origins of -urC- for expected -orC- in Latin. Glotta 93, 255-89

2016. Vowel weakening in the Sabellic languages as language contact. Indogermanische Forschungen 121, 295-316


2015 (with Katherine McDonald and Livia Tagliapietra). New readings of the multilingual Petelia curse tablet. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 195, 157-64

2015. Old Irish gniid 'makes, does', Middle Welsh gweinydaf ‘serve’ and i-presents. Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 62, 213-222


2015 [2013]. Latin glārea ‘gravel’. Historische Sprachforschung 126, 280-86

2014. The future perfect in Oscan and Umbrian, and the o-perfect in South Picene. Transations of the Philological Society 112, 367-85

2013 (with Katherine McDonald). Oscan ϝουρουστ and the Roccagloriosa law tablet . Incontri Linguistici 35 [2012], 31-48

2013. Individualism in “Osco-Greek” orthography. In Esther-Miriam Wagner, Ben Outhwaite & Bettina Beinhoff (eds.), Scribes as Agents of Language Change, 217-26. Berlin: De Gruyter

2012. British *-āw- and *-āg-, and the Celtic words for ‘sun’. Die Sprache 49, 194-208

 

Upcoming events

B Club

Oct 22, 2018

1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 22, 2018

G.21

The King with the Bling

Oct 23, 2018

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cast Gallery

On the Edge: Writing in Roman Britain

Oct 24, 2018

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

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Gildersleeve Prize 2017

Oct 11, 2018

The Faculty is delighted to report that the Gildersleeve Prize in 2017 has been presented to Dr Max Leventhal.

Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

Jun 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the second CREWS conference, to take place Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th of March 2019. ‘Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems’ aims to look at writing systems’ place in society and culture.

The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

Jun 27, 2018

The Cambridge Philological Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a prize for the best submitted article by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

Jun 22, 2018

Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

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