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Pavel Iosad

Senior Lecturer

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Tromsø
Representation and variation in substance-free phonology: a case study in Celtic
Master of Arts, Moscow State University
Initial consonant mutations in the world's languages: typology, theory, diachrony


Visiting and Research Positions

2019–. Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

2013–2019. Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology, University of Edinburgh

2012–2013. Lecturer in Language and Linguistics, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

2007–2012. Pre-doctoral research fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL), University of Tromsø, Norway


2007–2012. PhD in Linguistics, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

2002–2007. Specialist (roughly MA equivalent) in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation (with distinction)


Research Interests

Theoretical phonology: phonological representations, feature theory, phonological interfaces and modularity in phonology

Celtic languages, Germanic languages (particularly North Germanic), Slavic languages

Historical phonology, phonology and language contact


University of Edinburgh

  • Celtic Linguistics (Honours/MSc)
  • Phonological Theory (Honours/MSc)
  • Current Issues in Phonology (Honours/MSc)
  • Celtic, English, and Norse in Contact (Honours)
  • Historical Phonology (Honours/MSc)
  • Linguistics and English Language 1A (pre-Honours)
  • LEL2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (pre-Honours)
  • LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages (pre-Honours)
  • Gaelic Dialectology (Honours)
  • Linguistics and the Gaelic Language (pre-Honours)
  • Honours Foundation: Phonetics and Phonology


University of Ulster

  • Theoretical Approaches to the Phonetics and Phonology of English (MSc)
  • Linguistics for Clinicians 2 (BA)
  • Linguistic Analysis (BA) 
  • Linguistic Theory (BA)
  • Research Methods (BA)
  • Current Issues in Linguistic Theory (BA)
  • Critical Review (MSc)

University of Tromsø

  • Historical Linguistics (BA)
  • Examen Facultatum for the Humanities (BA)
  • Structures of Russian (BA)
  • Language and Literature of Medieval Russia (MA)
  • Phonetics (BA)

Research Groups

  • Phonetics & Phonology Research Group
  • Language Variation & Change Research Group
  • English Language Research Group
  • Affiliate of the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics

Administrative Roles

  • ILW Coordinator for LEL (2015)
  • Convenor of LEL2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (2016–)
  • Convenor of Third-Year Project for students going abroad (2016–2019)
  • Representative on the PPLS School Management Committee (2016–2017)
  • PPLS Senior Tutor (2017–2019)
  • PPLS Director of Undergraduate Studies (2019–)

Highlighted research outputs

  1. The phonologization of redundancy: Length and quality in Welsh vowels

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Optimality theory: Motivations and perspectives

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  3. Prosodic structure and suprasegmental features: Short-vowel stød in Danish

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Welsh svarabhakti as stem allomorphy

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Dialect variation in Scottish Gaelic nominal morphology: A quantitative study

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Phonology (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  2. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

  3. Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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