People and projects
Head of project
Dag Haug is Associate Professor of Latin at the University of Oslo. He studied Greek, Latin, Sanskrit and Lithuanian in Oslo and Paris and wrote his PhD on the dialects in Homeric Greek. After that he has shifted his attention towards syntactic, semantic and pragmatic studies of old Indo-European languages, both from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. He is also interested in the history of linguistics. He will coordinate and lead the PROIEL project. In his own work he will focus on Greek and Latin, as well as the Indo-European perspective.
Hanne Eckhoff is a postdoctoral research fellow on the PROIEL project. She studied Russian, Scandinavian languages, Greek, Latin and Latvian at the University of Oslo. Her doctoral dissertation deals with possessive constructions in Old Russian and Old Church Slavic, with a contrastive glance at Greek. She is interested in the semantic and pragmatic properties of construction types that are generally considered syntactic, and in ways of contrasting constructions language-internally, across languages and diachronically. She will primarily work on the Old Church Slavic and Greek data.
Olga A. Thomason is a visiting researcher at the University of Oslo funded by the Research Council of Norway (The Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Programme). She graduated from the University of Georgia where she completed her PhD dissertation Prepositional Systems in Biblical Greek, Gothic, Classical Armenian, and Old Church Slavic. She works within the field of historical/comparative linguistics and is particularly interested in prepositional semantics and syntax-semantics interface. Her current research focuses on imbalances in divisions of prepositional semantic space and specifics of prepositional variations.
Eirik Welo studied Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, and Chinese at the University of Oslo. His dissertation "The information structure of hyperbaton - a case study of Galen's commentary on Prognosticum" is a detailed study of the pragmatic function of Greek word order. He has an interest in general linguistics, in particular the pragmatics-syntax interface. He will work primarily on the Greek text of the NT.
Tatiana Nikitina Tatiana Nikitina is a postdoctoral researcher in the PROIEL project. She graduated from Stanford University, where she completed her dissertation on the typology and diachrony of constructions combining nominal and verbal syntactic properties (“The Mixing of Syntactic Properties and Language Change”). In PROIEL, she will be working on the encoding of discourse relations in Greek and Old Church Slavic, focusing on the use of markers of inter-clausal relations. She is also interested in the representation of reported discourse and in the encoding of spatial relations in ancient Indo-European languages.
Mari Johanne Hertzenberg is a PhD student at the University of Oslo. She studied Latin and Italian as well as some Greek, Sanskrit, French and general linguistics at the Universities of Oslo and Bologna. Her MA thesis is about Latin constructions consisting of habere + infinitive, from which the future forms in the modern Romance languages developed. She is primarily interested in historical linguistics, in particular the development from Latin into the Romance languages. She also has an interest in Indo-European linguistics. In her PhD thesis she is working on the development of the Latin demonstratives ille and ipse into definite articles.
Angelika Müth is a PhD student at the University of Oslo. She studied Comparative Indo-European linguistics, Sanskrit as well as some Greek, Latin and German linguistics in Munich and Tübingen. Her MA thesis is a functional study on the two co-existing nominative plural forms in Vedic Sanskrit (-âs vs. -âsas) and their cognates among other Indo-European languages. Besides historical linguistics, she is interested in typology and the use of language in general. In her PhD thesis she is working on the pragmatics of indefiniteness marking in Armenian and its interface with other categories, such as differential object marking and specificity. Her main focus is on Classical Armenian with a comparative glance at Syriac and Greek as its presumable translation prototypes. Additionaly she will also consider the diachronic development towards Modern Armenian.
Marek Majer is a research assistant at the University of Oslo. He studied English philology and Slavic philology at the University of Lodz in Poland, as well as some Indo-European and Germanic linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He is primarily interested in historical-comparative linguistics. His MA thesis concerned the distribution and prehistory of the dative singular endings -a and -e in the Old English u-stem nouns. He will mainly work on the corpus.
Marius L. Jøhndal is our fomer research assistant, but still helps us out although he is now a PhD student in Linguistics in Cambridge. He studied computer science and Latin in Oslo and linguistics in Cambridge. His main interests are formal models of syntactic change, approaches to parsing of natural language and modeling of semi-structured data.