Dr Nicholas Zair



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I read Classics at Oxford before doing a doctorate in Comparative Philology and General Linguistics. I was appointed a Research Fellow at Peterhouse in 2010, and am now a Lecturer in Classical Linguistics and Comparative Philology in the Classics Faculty.

Dr Nicholas Zair
Research interests

The linguistic history and development of Latin and the languages of Ancient Italy, the Celtic languages, and Proto-Indo-European.


2016. Oscan in the Greek Alphabet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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

Recent Articles
2019. Moreed Arbabzadah & Nicholas Zair. Notes on a British Curse Tablet from Red Hill, Ratcliffe-on-Soar (Nottinghamshire). Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 212, 172-9

2019. Reconstructed forms in the Roman writers on language. Language and History, Latest Articles, 1-20. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/17597536.2019.1649856

2018. On the relative sonority of PIE /m/. Indo-European Linguistics 6, 271-303

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

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