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Dr Nicholas Zair

Dr  Nicholas Zair

Lecturer in Classics (Classical Linguistics & Comparative Philology)

Schools Liaison/Access and Outreach Officer

Director of Studies in Classics and 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

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

Materials in Contact

Jul 30, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Fastest Feet in the World

Aug 02, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Artist Workshop for Young People

Aug 07, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Romans are Coming!

Aug 13, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Meet the Greeks

Aug 20, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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