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Florian Wandl

Florian Wandl, Dr.

  • Oberassistent Sprachwissenschaft
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PLG C 203

I am a linguist specializing in Slavic languages. My main research interests revolve around the question of how and why the Slavic languages came to be the way they are. In my PhD thesis I developed a model of the relative chronology of Proto-Slavic and Russian sound changes. In other works, I focus on the rise of new morphemes as a result of grammaticalization processes. Recently, I have become interested in the grammar of Slavic microlanguages, i.e., Slavic varieties apart from the major languages which are to some degree codified. These languages provide compelling cases for the study of the effects of language contact. In my habilitation thesis, I investigate (morpho-)syntactic phenomena in several of these languages. At the moment, I am working on the placement of pronominal clitics in the Slovenian dialect of Resia and in Sorbian. Another interest concerns the creation of electronic resources for the study of language. For instance, in cooperation with student assistants, I developed a digital version of the model elaborated in my PhD thesis. I also have a background in Slavic philology; for example, I have participated in editing Old Church Slavonic texts found in Saint Catherine’s monastery on the Sinai Peninsula in 1975.

Academic positions

from 02.2022 Senior researcher (Oberassistent), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Zurich)
02.2022-01.2023 Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (UZH)
Spring semester 2021 Teaching assignment (two courses), Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
08.2016-01.2022 Research assistant, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (UZH)
2015-2016 Research assistant, Justus Liebig University Giessen
2014-2015 Employee at the interdisciplinary Centre of Image and Material Analysis in Cultural Heritage (CIMA) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
2013-2014 Research assistant in the project The Enigma of the Sinaitic Glagolitic Tradition funded by the FWF (PI: Prof. Dr. Heinz Miklas, University of Vienna)
2013-2014 Research assistant in the project Die slavische Dioptra-Übersetzung funded by the FWF (PI: Prof. Dr. Heinz Miklas, University of Vienna)

https://uzh.academia.edu/FlorianWandl

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florian-Wandl

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4992-176X

Research output

PhD thesis

Vom Urindogermanischen zum Russischen: Eine Studie zum Lautwandel und seiner relativen Chronologie, University of Zurich (2020).

Scientific journals

  • “Subject doubling in the Slovenian dialect of Resia” (submitted).
  • With Thilo Thelitz (University of Helsinki): “RelChronVis: an interactive web application for visualizing the relative chronology of language changes”, in: International Journal of Digital Humanities (accepted subject to minor revisions).
  • With Rafał Szeptyński (Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow): “Egda žena otročęmь xoditъ. On the phraseology of the 5th prescription in the Old Church Slavonic Folia medicinalia”, in: Zeitschrift für Slawistik 69:2 (2024) (accepted).
  • “Univerbation and prosodic change: On the origin of the Slavic definite adjective accentuation”, in: Indo-European Linguistics 11 (2023), 241–287. (https://doi.org/10.1075/jhl.21003.wan)
  • With Darya Kavitskaya (University of California, Berkeley): “On the reconstruction of contras-tive secondary palatalization in Common Slavic”, in: Journal of Historical Linguistics 13:2 (2023). (https://doi.org/10.1075/jhl.21003.wan)
  • “Trapped morphology and the rise of the Slavic definite adjective inflection: a reexamination”, in: Folia Linguistica Historica 43:1 (2022a), 1–33. (https://doi.org/10.1515/flin-2022-2012)
  • “Superlative morphology from syntax: Slavic nai /naj and internal definiteness marking in Old Lithuanian”, in: Transactions of the Philological Society 120:1 (2022b), 103–127. (https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-968X.12230)
  • “On the relative chronology of the II regressive and the progressive palatalizations of Common Slavic”, in: Russian Linguistics 44 (2020), 79–108. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11185-020-09219-w)
  • “On the Slavic Word for ‘Morning’: *(j)u(s)tro”, in: Scando-Slavica, 65:2 (2019), 263–281. (https://doi.org/10.1080/00806765.2019.1672096)

Edited volumes (as contributor)

  • With Thomas Olander (University of Copenhagen) & Johann-Mattis List (University of Passau): “Introduction”, in: Relative chronology in historical linguistics, ed. by F. Wandl, T. Olander & J.-M. List. Language Science Press (in preperation).
  • With Lenka Scholze (Sorbian Institute, Bautzen): “Virility”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics, ed. by M. L. Greenberg et al. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_042103) (submitted).
  • With Darya Kavitskaya (University of California, Berkeley): “A rare contrast in Slavic: the pala-talization of rhotics”, in: Rarities in phonetics and phonology: evolutionary, structural, typo-logical and social dimensions (= Topics in phonological diversity), ed. by N. Kuznetsova, C. Anderson & S. Easterday, Language Science Press (accepted) (https://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/415).
  • With Olena Pavlenko: “Ukrainisch”, in: Deine Sprache – meine Sprache. Ein Handbuch zu 19 Migrationssprachen und zu Deutsch. Für Lehrpersonen an mehrsprachigen Klassen und für den DaZ-Unterricht, ed. by B. Schader, Zurich (online, 2022) (https://www.lmvz.ch/wissen/deine-sprache-meine-sprache).
  • With Barbara Sonnenhauser (University of Zurich): “Relative clauses”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics, ed. By M. L. Greenberg et al. (2021) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032033).
  • With Chundra Cathcart (University of Zurich): “In search of isoglosses: continuous and discrete language embeddings in Slavic historical phonology”, in: Proceedings of the Seventeenth SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology (co-located with the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics). Herausgegeben von G. Nicolai, K. Gorman und R. Cotterell (2020), 233–244. (https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/2020.sigmorphon-1.28/) (awarded “best runner-up paper”)

Edited volumes (as editor)

  • With Thomas Olander (University of Copenhagen) & Johann-Mattis List (University of Passau) (eds.): Relative chronology in historical linguistics, as part of the series Advances in Historical Linguistics, ed. by K. Grübl, J. Huber, S. Pickl, L. Schäfer und M. Schiegg. Language Science Press (in preparation).

Review articles

  • “Einige kritische Bemerkungen zu Rainer Fechts Monographie Neoakut in der slavischen Wortbildung: der volja-Typ (2010)”, in: Ricerche slavistiche 10 (56) (2012), 399–416.

Editions of medieval manuscripts (as a project participant)

  • Psalterium Demetrii Sinaitici et Folia medicinalia monasterii s. Catharinae codex slav. NF 3. editio critica (= Glagolitica Sinaitica: Editionen und Abhandlungen zur glagolitisch-altkirchenslavischen Tradition des Sinai, vol. 2). Praeparaverunt Henricus Miklas, Catharina Maria MacRobert, Andreas N. Sobolev, Dana Hürner, Florianus Wandl, Melania Gau cum dissertationibus Petrae Stankovska, Simonis Brenner, Floriani Kleber, Manfredi Schreiner, Michaelis Melcher, Ernesti Georgii Hammerschmid sub redactionae Henrici Miklas, Catharinae Mariae MacRobert, Andreae N. Sobolev, Wien 2021.
  • Die kirchenslavische Übersetzung der Dioptra des Philippos Monotropos. Vol. 2: Text der Bücher II, III und IV, ed. by Jürgen Fuchsbauer (in print).
  • Missale Sinaiticum, ed. by Heinz Miklas et al. (in preparation).

Teaching materials

  • With Gianna Frölicher and Tonja Stukalina: Einführungen in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten für Slavisten.

Digital ressources

  • Digital model of the relative chronology of Russian sound changes (with contributions by Lea Gafner, Luca Salini, and Thilo Thelitz) (in preparation)
  • With Chundra Cathcart (UZH): Database of Slavic cognates in phonetic transcription (with contributions by Jovanka Antić) (in preparation)

Selected Presentations

Invited talks

  • “The system of pronominal clitics in the Slovenian dialect of Resia”, Slavic and East-European Lectures (SEELECTS), University of Ghent (16.05.2024, invited).

  • “Die altkirchenslavischen sog. Medizinischen Blätter. Das älteste slavische Schriftdenkmal medizinischen Inhalts”, in the course “Altkirchenslavisch” led by Nikolay Hakimov at the Universitz of Bamberg (31.01.2024).

  • “The form otročęmь in the OCS Folia medicinalia”, Transfer and adaptation: languages and cultures in dialogue in the Balkans from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Times, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (24.-26.01.2024).

  • “Bemerkungen zum fünften Rezept der altkirchenslavischen Medizinischen Blätter”, Basler Arbeitskreis für Südosteuropa (BASO), University of Basel (26.05.2023).

  • “The oldest Slavic medical manuscript (3/N, Folia medicinalia)”, in the course “Old Church Slavic” led by Darya Kavitskaya at the University of California, Berkeley (31.10.2023, online).

  • “Old Russian birchbark letters”, in the course “Introduction to Slavic Linguistics” led by Darya Kavitskaya at the University of California, Berkeley (07.02.2023, online).
  • “Subjektverdoppelung im Resianischen”, Slavic Linguistics Colloquium, Slavic Department, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (11.01.2023, Freiburg/online).
  • “Reconstructing and visualizing relative chronology in linguistics”, Slavic Linguistics Colloquium, HU Berlin, Department of Slavic and Hungarian Studies (28.01.2022, Berlin/online).
  • “On some early attestations of Slavic”, in the course “Introduction to Slavic Linguistics” led by Darya Kavitskaya at the University of California, Berkeley (09.02.2021, online).
  • “On the origin of the superlative prefix Sl *nai-”, Zagreb Linguistic Circle / Zagrebački lingvistički krug (14.01.2020, Zagreb).

Conferences and Workshops

  • With Katarzyna Maria Prenner (University of Graz): “External influences and internal transfer: vowel reduction in Latin and Cyrillic Belarusian newspapers from the pre-orthographic period (1862-1915)”, 13th Historical Sociolinguistics Network Conference (5.-7.06.2024, University of Zurich) (accepted).

  • “Pronominal clitics in the Slovenian dialect of Resia”, Konstanz Linguistic Conference (KLC) (21.-22.-03.2024, University of Konstanz) (accepted).

  • “Subject doubling in the Slovenian dialect of Resia”, Small languages on the big stage: Linguistic diversity in research, revitalisation, and policies. 29. LIPP Symposium. (07.-10.12.02023, LMU Munich).

  • “Bemerkungen zum 5. Rezept der altkirchenslavischen sog. Medizinischen Blätter”, 16. Tagung der Altslavistik (26-28.10.2023, University Giessen).

  • “Pronominal clitics in Resian”, 18th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS) (24-26.08.2023, Bratislava).

  • With Thomas Olander (University of Copenhagen): “Relative chronology in historical linguistics: an introduction”, Relative Chronology in Historical Linguistics (29.-30.06.2023, University of Copenhagen).

  • With Thilo Thelitz (UZH): “ From book to graph: digitizing models of relative chronology”, Seminar: Relative Chronology in Historical Linguistics (29.-30.06.2023, University of Copenhagen).

  • “On the origin of the Slavic i-stems” 17th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS) (19.-21.09.2022, Hokkaido University in Sapporo / online)
  • With Darya Kavitskaya (University of California, Berkeley): “On the reconstruction of the secondary palatalization contrast in Common Slavic”, Fifth Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology (06.-08.12.2021, University of Edinburgh / online, poster).
  • With Darya Kavitskaya (University of California, Berkeley): “A rare contrast in Slavic: the palatalization of rhotics”, Phonological diversity matters: Rarities in phonology (Workshop organized by C. Anderson, N. Kuznecova und S. Easterday), 50th Poznań Linguistics Meeting (16.-19.09.2021, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań / online)
  • “Beyond proportional analogy: the case of Slavic vĭsĭ and sicĭ”, Analogical Patterns in Inflectional Morphology (APIM 2020) (14.04.2022, Free University of Berlin / online).
  • “On the origin of the accentuation of the definite adjective in Slavic”, 16th SLS Meeting (03.-05.09.2021, Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / online)
  • “Superlative morphology from syntax: The case of Slavic nai-/naj-”, 15th SLS Meeting (04.-06.09.2020, University of Bloomington, Indiana / online)
  • With Chundra Cathcart (UZH): “In search of isoglosses: continuous and discrete language embeddings in Slavic historical phonology”, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL): Seventeenth SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology (10.07.2020) (awarded best runner-up paper).
  • “Common Slavic contrastive palatalization: Fact and fiction”, 18th Spring Workshop on Linguistic Reconstruction (12.-14.03.2020, University of California, Berkeley) (http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~garrett/swotmlr18.html) with Darya Kavitskaya, University of Berkeley) (cancelled due to Covid-19).
  • “Aksl. žęti, žьn̑e ‘ernten’ und Verwandte: Etymologie zwischen Morphologie und Phraseo-logie”, 16. Fachtagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft: Jenseits der Formenlehre. Indo-germanische Morphologie mit Grauzonen- und Schnittstellenphänomenen (07-10.09.2020, UZH) (https://www.comparativelinguistics.uzh.ch/de/16.-Fachtagung-der-Indogermanischen-Gesellschaft.html) (cancelled due to Covid-19).
  • “Superlative morphology from syntax: the case of Slavic *nai-“, Typology in Bologna: Comparative constructions: linguistic typology at the crossroads (25-26.05.2020, University of Bologna) (https://eventi.unibo.it/typobo-2020) (cancelled due to Covid-19).
  • “Models of relative chronology: reconstruction and representation”, Fourth Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology (09-10.12.2019, University of Edinburgh, poster).
  • “Zur Herkunft des Superlativpräfixes slav. *nai-”, 13. Deutscher Slavistentag (24.-26.09.2019, University of Trier).
  • “On the relative chronology of the progressive and the second regressive palatalization of common Slavic: explaining Meillet’s ě” 14th SLS Meeting (11.-13.09.2019, University of Potsdam).
  • “From Proto-Indo-European to Russian. A study of sound change and its relative chronology”, Roots of Europe Summer Seminar: Languages and Migrations in Prehistoric Europe (07.-12.08.2018, National Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen)
  • “Slav. *(j)utro : *(j)ustro”, Indogermanisches Forschungskolloquium (05.-06.04.2018, UZH).
  • “Probleme rund um die Baudouinsche oder Dritte Palatalisierung”, Altslavistentagung: Altslavistik einst und jetzt (29.-30.09.2017, University of Vienna).

Teaching

University of Zurich

SE Aspekt und Aktionsart in den slavischen Sprachen (Fall Semester 2024)
VO Grundlagen der slavistischen Sprachwissenschaft (Spring Semester 2024)
SE Dialekte des Bosnischen, Kroatischen, Montenegrinischen und Serbischen (Spring Semester 2024)
SE Analyse älterer süd-, west- und ostslavischer Texte (Fall Semester 2023)
UE Strukturkurs Ukrainisch (Spring Semester 2023)
SE Vergleichende slavische Sprachwissenschaft (Spring Semester 2023)
KO Kolloquium Slavistische Linguistik (Spring Semester 2023)
UE Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten (Fall Semester 2022)
SE/UE Slavische Kleinsprachen (Spring Semester 2022)
SE/UE Analyse älterer slavischer Texte (Spring Semester 2017, 2019, 2021)
UE Altkirchenslavisch (Spring Semester 2018, Fall Semester 2020, 2024)
KO Masterkolloquium: Slavische Sprachwissenschaft (Spring Semester 2019)
VO Die slavischen Sprachen in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Fall Semester 2017, 2018)
SE/UE Zeugnisse früher slavischer Schriftlichkeit: Die Freisinger Denkmäler (Fall Semester 2016)

Contributions to lecture series

„Städte und ihre Sprache(n): Zagreb und Vilnius“, lecture series Mehrsprachigkeit in Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, organized by the Department of Slavonic Languages and Literatures (Spring Semester 2022 and 2023)
„Das Urslavische“, lecture series Kulturelle Grundlagen Osteuropas – Räume, Kontakte, Verflechtungen, organized by the History Department (Spring Semester 2022)

University of Munich

VO Einführung in das Altkirchenslavische (Spring Semester 2021)
UE Slavische Kleinsprachen (Spring Semester 2021)

University of Gießen

UE Die slavischen Sprachen im historischen Vergleich (Spring Semester 2016)
SE Lektüre älterer slavischer Texte (Fall Semester 2015)