Andrew Miles Byrd

  • Assistant Professor
  • Linguistics
1375 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
B.A., University of Georgia, Athens.

Office Hours (Spring 2016): TTh 9:45-10:45 pm

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.


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