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Dr Nicholas Zair

Languages of Ancient Italy; Proto-Indo-European and the Indo-European Languages
Dr Nicholas Zair

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Classics

Director of Studies, Linguistics, Peterhouse College

Research Associate, Greek in Italy project

Languages of Ancient Italy

Proto-Indo-European and the Indo-European Languages

Departments and Institutes

Faculty of Classics:

Research Interests

The history and development of Proto-Indo-European and the Indo-European languages, in particular the Italic and Celtic language families. Indo-European phonology and morphology, mechanisms of sound change, and language classification. I am currently working on the historical phonology of the Sabellic languages of Ancient Italy (Oscan, Umbrian, South Picene ).


  • Historical linguistics
  • Language change