16 November 2015

Proto-Slavic Inflectional Morphology

On October 9th Associate Professor Thomas Olander defended his doctoral dissertation ”Proto-Slavic Inflectional Morphology”.

Slavic languages stem from Proto-Slavic. There is no existing written documentation of Proto-Slavic; however it can be partially reconstructed through a historical-comparative linguistic analysis. Thomas Olander´s study takes its point of departure in Proto-Slavic proper as it was spoken around 600 AD. Unlike other studies of this scope, it takes into account evidence from the birch bark letters that have been excavated in the Novgorod area from around 1950.

The defense was livestreamed by the Faculty and is available as a podcast.

On the basis of the thesis, a monograph was published: Proto-Slavic inflectional morphology: A comparative handbook (Brill’s Studies in Indo-European Languages and Linguistics 14). Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2015.