BA (Wellesley), MA, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)
Junior Research Fellow in Celtic
I pursued undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, the University of Provence and the University of Cambridge, and graduate work at Cambridge (MPhil 2005-6, PhD 2006-10). I have lectured and supervised in medieval and modern Irish, medieval Latin, Celtic philology and Gaelic history in Cambridge’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, where I also worked as a research assistant for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Early Irish Glossaries Project [http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/irishglossaries]. From May-October 2011 I was a visiting researcher at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, funded by the American Association of University Women and the British Academy. I currently serve as Treasurer and Membership Secretary of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas [http://www.henrysweet.org].
Medieval Irish (academic year 2011-12); modern Irish (Hilary term 2012)
Medieval and modern Irish language and literature, Insular Latin language and literature, history of linguistic thought in classical and medieval tradition, Auraicept na nÉces and its manuscript transmission, codicology, medieval multilingualism, glossaries, poets and poetry, early Irish law and medical manuscripts. I am currently working on editions and translations of two medieval Irish texts: one a tract on literary analysis, the other a discussion of practical medical matters.
‘Poetic law and the medieval Irish linguist: contextualising the vices and virtues of verse composition in Auraicept na nÉces’, Language and History 54.1 (May 2011), 1–34
‘The Anatomy of the syllable in Irish grammatical terminology’, Journal of Celtic Studies
Review of J. Acken (2008), Structure and Interpretation in the Auraicept na nÉces, Études Celtiques
‘Natural and artificial language in Auraicept na nÉces revisited’
‘Metrical mnemonics and anatomical accents in Auraicept na nÉces’
Ed. (with E. Boyle & M. Ní Mhaonaigh), Authorities and Adaptations: The Reworking and Transmission of Sources in Medieval Irish Textual Culture
Music, languages, travel, swimming, reading, small islands.
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