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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Dr. Paul Noorlander has been working at the University of Cambridge since February, 2019, and is a member of St Edmund's College. He obtained his doctorate in linguistics at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics in October, 2018, and is the author of Ergativity and Other Alignment Types in Neo-Aramaic: Investigating Morphosyntactic Microvariation (2021, Brill: Leiden). He has published widely in the field of Semitic languages and linguistics and contact between Semitic and Iranian, in particular the areal-diachronic typology of the East Anatolian and Mesopotamian regions of West Asia. The endangered Neo-Aramaic languages and their documentation, typology and history are his main research focus.

Publications (from Symplectic)

Journal articles


  • Noorlander, PM., 2023. The Neo-Aramaic Dialect Spoken by the Christians of Marga (Sirnak, Southeastern Turkey) JOURNAL OF SEMITIC STUDIES, v. 68
  • 2022

  • Noorlander, PM., 2022. The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Midyat (Midyoyo), vol 1, Texts JOURNAL OF SEMITIC STUDIES, v. 67
  • 2021

  • Noorlander, PM., 2021. Ergativity and Other Alignment Types in Neo-Aramaic: Investigating Morphosyntactic Microvariation Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics, v. 103
  • Noorlander, PM., 2021. Source constructions as a key to alignment change: The case of Aramaic Journal of Historical Linguistics, v. 11
  • 2016

  • Noorlander, P., 2016. The Problem of Classifying Ugaritic KUSATU - Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt, v. 20
  • 2014 (Published online)

  • Noorlander, PM., 2014 (Published online). Diversity in convergence: Kurdish and Aramaic variation entangled Kurdish Studies, v. 1
  • 2012

  • Noorlander, P., 2012. Sam'alian in its Northwest Semitic Setting: A Historical-Comparative Approach Orientalia 81: 202 - 238,
  • Book chapters


  • Noorlander, PM. and Mohammadirad, M., 2022. 3. Narrative Style and Discourse in Kurdish and Neo-Aramaic Oral Literature
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0306.03
  • Noorlander, PM., 2022. Christian Aramaic Of Harmashe Text 33: §1–44
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0306.11
  • Noorlander, PM. and Molin, D., 2022. 1. Introduction to a Comparative Corpus of Oral Literature
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0306.01
  • Noorlander, PM., 2022. 33. Mirza Muhammad and the Three Princesses
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0307.30
  • Khan, G., Mohammadirad, M., Molin, D. and Noorlander, PM., 2022. Preface
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0306.17
  • Noorlander, PM., 2022. 32. Mirza Muhammad and the Forty Monsters
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0307.29
  • 2020

  • Noorlander, PM., 2020. Towards a Typology of Possessors and Experiencers in Neo-Aramaic
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0209.02
  • 2015

  • Noorlander, P. and Stilo, D., 2015. On the Convergence of Verbal Systems of Aramaic and its Neighbors. Part II: Past Paradigms Derived from Present Equivalents
  • Books


  • Khan, G., Molin, D., Mohammadirad, M., Noorlander, PM. and Habeeb Hanna, L., 2022. Neo-Aramaic and Kurdish Folklore from Northern Iraq
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0306
  • Khan, G., Noorlander, PM., Mohammadirad, M., Habeeb Hanna, L. and Molin, D., 2022. Neo-Aramaic and Kurdish Folklore from Northern Iraq
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0307
  • 2020

  • 2020. Studies in the Grammar and Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic
    Doi: 10.11647/obp.0209
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    What we do

    Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.