Before coming to Cambridge, I studied a BA in Hebrew and Aramaic Languages and Cultures and a Research Master in Linguistics at Leiden University in the Netherlands. At Leiden, I focused on ancient Aramaic varieties; it was during an exchange semester at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem that I first got into contact with North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA).
Subject groups/Research projects
My research focuses on causative-inchoative alternation, a grammatical phenomenon related to transitivity and grammatical voice, in a number of dialects of North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA), which is a branch of Neo-Aramaic. While my research is primarily a comparative study on the enormous diversity of modern NENA dialects, I am also taking the fascinatingly rich history of this ancient language, which has been attested for almost 3000 years, into account. Since NENA has been strongly influenced by Kurdish, Persian, Azerbaijani and Arabic, language contact is another important aspect of my research.
Grammatical voice; middle voice; passive voice; transitivity; Aramaic; Semitic languages; language contact; historical linguistics.
2013 Article on the lemma “nksjn”. In H.J. Fabry and U. Dahmen (eds.), Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten. Vol. 2. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer (upon invitation).
2013 Article on the lemma “slq”. In H.J. Fabry and U. Dahmen (eds.), Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten. Vol. 2. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer (upon invitation).
2010 “Die verbalen Funktionen des Partizips im Genesis Apocryphon” in KUSATU 11, pp. 43-108 (reviewed publication).