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Silva Nurmio

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Description of research and teaching

I am a postdoctoral researcher in general linguistics at the Department of Languages, University of Helsinki. 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 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: we look at singulatives (derived noun forms meaning 'one' or 'unit') cross-linguistically, building the first ever database of this phenomenon. We are interested in the morphology, semantics, usage and diachrony of singulatives and the kinds of number systems in which they occur and what this tells us about the grammatical expression of number, as well as other related phenomena such as the mass/count distinction.

I teach Historical Linguistics and Celtic Linguistics, as well as some lectures on the medieval literature(s) of the British Isles.

I am also an organiser of the annual Welsh Linguistics Seminar and an editor-in-chief of the open-access journal Studia Celtica Fennica.


Education/Academic qualification

linguistics, PhD, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 19 Jun 2015

Fields of Science

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

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