Andrew Miles Byrd
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
B.A., University of Georgia, Athens.
My main research interests lie in the historical study of Indo-European languages and the use of linguistic typology and theory to study problems that are difficult (and sometimes impossible!) to solve using the traditional Comparative Method. These include:
- The application of phonological theory in the analysis of ancient Indo-European languages (such as Latin, Greek, Sanskrit and Old English) and the language from which they derive, Proto-Indo-European (PIE). To hear what PIE actually sounded like (approximately), you can listen to me recite two stories in PIE at Archaeology Magazine;
- The reconstruction of phonological constraints within an Optimality Theoretic framework;
- General phonological matters within Indo-European, especially laryngeal theory;
- The interface between phonology and morphology;
- Educating the public about Proto-Indo-European. Most recently I headed a team of scholars to create two languages based on Proto-Indo-European for Far Cry Primal, a first person shooter set in the Stone Age.
- (2015) The Indo-European Syllable. Leiden: Brill.
- (forthcoming) With Joseph Rhyne. "Stressful Conversions: Internal Derivation within the Compositional Approach." To be published in an upcoming Festscrift.
- (forthcoming) “The Rules of Reconstruction: Making our Etymologies More Grounded,” Etymology and the European Lexicon, Proceedings of the 14th Fachtagung of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft, 17-22 September 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- (forthcoming) The Phonology of Proto-Indo-European. In Jared S. Klein, Brian Joseph, and Matthias Fritz (eds.), Comparative Indo-European Linguistics. An International Handbook of Language Comparison and the Reconstruction of Indo-European. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- (2011) “Deriving Dreams from the Divine: Hittite tesha-/zash(a)i-,” Historische Sprachforschung 124. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 96-105.
- (2006) “Return to Dative anmaimm”, Ériu 56:145-55.