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  • PL 4 (Fabianinkatu 24)

    00014

    Finland

20102020

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Description of research and teaching

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. My work deals with grammatical number (e.g. singular vs. plural) which is a field that encompasses morphology, syntax and semantics. In my MPhil and doctoral theses I focused on Welsh (Celtic, Indo-European), with comparative work with the other Celtic languages. Already in this work I was also interested in the typological context of Welsh and the Celtic languages: how their grammatical number systems compare with those of other languages of the world, and what the Celtic languages can add to our existing knowledge of them. My current postdoctoral project has a primarily typological focus: I look at singulatives (derived noun forms meaning 'one' or 'unit') cross-linguistically, building the first ever database of this phenomenon and studying in which kinds of number systems singulatives can be found and what this tells us about the expression of number in general, as well as other related phenomena such as the mass/count distinction.

In the academic year 2019/2020 I am teaching a course titled Celtic Linguistics in the LingDA Master's programme. This is an overview of selected topics, both synchronic and diachronic, in the Celtic languages and requires no previous knowledge of the languages.

Education/Academic qualification

linguistics, PhD, University of Cambridge

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • Linguistic typology
  • historical linguistics
  • Morphology
  • Celtic languages

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Adjectival agreement in Middle and early Modern Welsh native and translated prose

Meelen, M. & Nurmio, S. M., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Celtic Linguistics. 21, 1, p. 1-28 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Brittonic Languages

Nurmio, S. M. & Russell, P., 2020, (Submitted) The Mouton Handbooks of Indo-European Typology: Gradation. Hock, W., Keydana, G. & Widmer, P. (eds.). de Gruyter, (The Mouton Handbooks of Indo-European Typology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Grammatical Number in Welsh: Diachrony and Typology

Nurmio, S., 2019, Malden: Wiley Blackwell. 272 p. (Publications of the Philological Society; vol. 51)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Welsh

Nurmio, S. M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Cross-linguistic research into derivational networks. Körtvélyessy, L., Štekauer, P. & Valera, S. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Collective Nouns in Welsh: A Noun Category or a Plural Allomorph?

Nurmio, S. M., 1 Mar 2017, In : Transactions of the Philological Society. 115, 1, p. 58-78 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects

Datasets

Prizes

Runner-up to the RH Robins Prize

Silva Nurmio (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Suomen kielitieteellinen yhdistys (External organisation)

Silva Nurmio (Board member)
2020 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Gradation in Welsh: some issues and challenges

Silva Nurmio (Invited speaker)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Semantic and cognitive aspects of singulatives

Silva Nurmio (Speaker)
24 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The typology of singulatives: some preliminary findings

Silva Nurmio (Speaker)
16 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

All alone: the singulative in Celtic and cross-linguistically

Silva Nurmio (Invited speaker)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk